Yesterday we delved deep into the Mets yearbook to name Felix Millan the number 50 Top Met of all time. Today we profile a more current ex Met. A player that was so integral to the team that they nicknamed him ” Uncle Cliffy”! If you haven’t guess by now we are talking about Mets outfielder from ’03-’06 , Cliff Floyd.
Cliff Floyd signed with the New York Mets as a free agent on December 20th 2002. He played well for the Mets,when healthy . but he suffered from a number of leg injuries which limited his playing time – especially during the ’03 and ’04 season where he played in a total of 221 games. 2003 and 2004. 2005 would prove to be a career year for Cliff. He led the Mets with a career-high and club leading 34 home runs. Unfortunately during the ’06 season, Floyd was once again felled by by injuries and appeared in just 97 games . It was the year that the Mets ran away with the National League East and Cliff always seemed to spearhead every victory celebration. It was Floyd who caught the division-clinching out for the Mets, but he would only appear in six games during that post season, having only twelve plate appearances in the Mets ten postseason games.
Cliff was a positive force in the Mets clubhouse. He took younger players under his wing, such as David Wright , and tutored them on the nuances with the game. Cliff would not be re-signed after the ’06 season ended, but he has endeared himself to the Mets fan base.
Tomorrow’s featured Met was one of the finest pitchers of the late ’70′s
And with that said … HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include :
The second Met to ever win the Rookie of the Year award, Jon Matlack is 61 (1950) . Although I was way to young to remember seeing Matlack pitch , it is a well known fact that he helped make that Mets rotation from ’72-’77 one of the most feared in the league .
Hard luck Mets pitcher from ’91-’93, Anthony Young is 45 (1966) It always seemed like during the ’92 and ’93 seasons that Young always pitched well enough to win . Unfortunately the offense never gave him much run support.
The Seattle Mariners signed reserve catcher, Brent Mayne of theNew York Mets as a free agent on January 19, 1997.New York Mets signed free agent starting pitcher, Allen Watson of the California Angels on January 19, 1999.
The Colorado Rockies signed relief pitcher Steve Reed of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 19, 2003. The Mets acquired Reed at the ’02 trade deadline from the San Diego Padres for pitcher, Bobby Jones, pitching prospect Josh Reynolds and some little known outfielder named Jason Bay !!
New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Darren Oliver on January 19, 2006. This was one of Omar’s best scrap heap pick ups. Oliver was used mostly as a long man out of the pen and went 4-1 with a era of 3.44. He is currently pitching for the Texas Rangers.
And while you stay awake at night wondering if Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez will be cut by the end of spring training, just remember that there are just 72 moredays until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and only 79until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn has a hankering for a hunk of cheese !!!