Look I am a very patient Mets fan. But after last night I have just one question to ask.
WHY THE HELL ON GOD’S GREY EARTH IS WILLIE HARRIS STILL A MET !?!?!
When Willie was brought aboard this past off season on a minor league deal, I thought it was a good move. He could be utilized as both a late inning defensive replacement in both the outfield as well as the infield, as well as a pinch hitter off the bench.
Well we saw how he managed to screw up as a defensive replacement ( misjudging balls, lack of hustle), and he has been underwhelming as a pinch hitter. But now with all the rash of injuries this team has suffered, he has been used in the everyday lineup which has further exposed his weaknesses.
After last night’s game in which Harris proved to be more like washed up Mets reliever Willie Harris than say – Willie Mays or even Willie Wilson ( two players he resembled when he stole games from from the Mets as a member of the opposition) . In 97 at bats, Harris is hitting an underwhelming .216 with 1 homer and 8 RBI’s. There is hardly any justification for him staying on this roster.
Sandy Alderson has showed that he has had no qualms in releasing a player that has failed to produce. Lets hope Willie joins that freight train rather soon !!
He was a Met killer when he played against us, and he is a Mets killer with us – as we all know this always seem to be a case when we obtain players who do well against us. See Vince Coleman, Bobby Bonilla, Kevin Bass etc…..
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets utility man from the ’80′s, Kelvin Chapman, is 55 (1956).
Middle reliever from the ’03-’04 season, Mike Stanton is 44 (1967).
Utility infielder from the ’00 season, Kurt Abbott is 42 (1969) .
Middle reliever from the ’95 season, Reid Cornelius is 41 (1970).
Sadly on this Date in 2001, the Mets family lost an original member, outfielder Gene Woodling.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Eric Hillman in 16th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.
The New York Mets selected catcher, Todd Hundley in second round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987. Oh how much I loved Todd - UNTIL THE MITCHELL REPORT CAME OUT !!!
The New York Mets selected infielder, Chris Donnels in first round (24th pick overall) of free agent draft on June 2, 1987. Chris would be used as a utility infielder for the Mets in the ’91 and ’92 seasons.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Anthony Young in 38th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987. Anthony was probably the only pitcher in the history of the Mets the be plagued by bad luck ( other than original Met Roger Craig). At one point he would go on a 16 game losing streak- yet he was far from a bad pitcher.
The New York Mets selected infielder, Tim Bogar in eighth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987.Tim played four seasons with the Mets ( ’93-’96).
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Pete Schourek in the second round of free agent draft on June 2, 1987. Pete pitched three seasons with the Mets, going 16-24 with a E.R.A of 4.65
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Paul Wilson in first round (first pick overall) of free agent draft on June 2, 1994. Paul, along side Bill Pulsipher and Jason Isringhausen were supposed to be the saviors of the Mets starting rotation in the late ’90′s. We know how that worked out.
The New York Mets selected Terrence Long in first round (20th pick overall) of free agent draft on June 2, 1994.
The New York Mets released reserve outfielder, Gary Thurman on June 2, 1997.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Pat Strange in second round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.
The New York Mets selected first baseman, Craig Brazell in fifth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.
The New York Mets selected middle reliever, Jaime Cerda in 23rd round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998. He saw playing time as a middle reliever in the ’02 and ’03 seasons.
The New York Mets selected Jason Tyner in first round (21st pick overall) of free agent draft on June 2, 1998. Like most first round draft picks for the Mets, Tyner ended up as a bust ( in 13 games in ’00 he batted .195) He was dealt at the ’00 trade deadline to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for middle reliever, Rick White and reserve outfielder, Bubba Trammell.
The New York Mets selected third baseman Ty Wigginton in 17th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1998.Ty is still one of the more popular Mets from the horrible Mets teams of the previous decade.
The New York Mets selected outfield prospect, Prentice Redman in 10th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999. He would have a brief cup of coffee with the team in ’03 before bolting as a free agent.
The New York Mets selected catcher/first baseman, Mike Jacobs in 38th round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999. What can I say that hasn’t been said about Dave Kingman revisited ? I guess for starters he wowed the Marlins enough for them to take him as the centerpiece in the deal that brought Carlos Delgado to the Mets. Otherwise we remember him best for Jerry Manuel’s boondoggle of a move , batting him clean up at the start of last season.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Jeremy Griffiths in third round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999. Griffiths appeared in nine games with the Metsin 2003, going 1-4 with a E.R.A OF 7.02.
The New York Mets selected Angel Pagan in fourth round of free agent draft on June 2, 1999.He is currently our everyday centerfielder,
The New York Mets traded one time pitching phenom, Bill Pulsipher to the Arizona Diamondbacks for “The black Rusty Staub (overweight yet still able to hit the ball), Lenny Harris on June 2, 2000.
The New York Mets released third string catcher, Mike DiFelice on June 2, 2005.
Even Mo Vaughn can play a better third base, outfield and pinch hit better than Willie Harris !!!!