Okay so lets get down to brass tacks, Number 41 on the top 50 Mets of all time countdown hit parade is none other than newest Met reserve infielder, Chin Lung Hu ! Okay, Okay I am just kidding. Today’s player to be immortalized in this countdown was one of their top rated rookies from the early ’60′s. Yes I am talking about none other than Mets second baseman from ’63-’66, Ron Hunt.
Ron Hunt was born in St Louis Missouri on on February 23, 1941 He made the Mets in ’63 as their starting second baseman. In his rookie year , Ron hit.272 with 10 homers, and batted in 42 RBIs. Ron was noticed by the Sports Writers of America year, when they voted him runner-up to Pete Rose for the National League Rookie of the Year honors. In 1964 Ron batted a career high of batted .303. He would be the first Met ever voted as a starting player at the All Star Game, which coincidentally was held at Shea Stadium . Ron was also also represented the Mets in the ’66 All Star Game. Throughout his career , Ron was known for his penchant for getting hit by pitches, and even held the record until Don Baylor surpassed him in the mid ’80′s.
In late ’67 Ron along with Mets outfielder, Jim Hickman were traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for star outfielder Tommy Davis.
In his three year career with the Mets, Ron would have a batting average of .282 with 20 homers and 127 RBIS.
He would make an appearance during the “Shea Goodbye ” ceremonies in ’08.
Tomorrow we will profile number 40, one of the grittiest players to ever wear the Mets orange and BLUE!!
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include :
Middle reliever from the ’67 team, Nick Willhite, would have been 70 today (1941) .
One time Rookie of the Year for the Kansas City Royals who came here as a back up during the ’09 season, Angel Berroa is 31(1980).
Sadly on this date two members of the Mets family passed away. First was the Mets general manager from the ’67 team, Bing Devine who passed in ’08. He will always be known as the man who drafted Tom Seaver , and third baseman from the ’62 team ( yes there were quite a few), Sammy Drake just last year.
The Atlanta Braves signed pitcher, Pete Falcone of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 27, 1983. I personally didn’t shed a tear.
New York Mets signed free agent reliever, Dick Tidrow of the Chicago White Sox on January 27, 1984. Tidrow spent less than a month on the Mets roster, sporting a ERA of over 9. . He was promptly in the begining of May.
New York Mets signed free agent Dan Wheeler of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on January 27, 2003. Wheeler put up decent numbers as a middle reliever in the two years he spent as a Met. He is currently considered one of the better relievers in the game today.
The Colorado Rockies signed pitcher, Tim Redding of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 27, 2010. Mets fans everywhere couldn’t contain their glee !!
And whle you spend your day digging out from under all this snow, just remember, there are just 64 more days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and only
71 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn loves all this snow. He like to make ” Mo Angels !!”