Yesterday while I was on Twitter, I posed a question – Since the Mets are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, which obscure ex-players, coaches, managers would you like to see return for for the various celebration promotions that will be held throughout the season.
When I use the term ”obscure” , what I mean players that are not regulars for Mets themed events. Every season we generally have appearance by the likes of Seaver, Hernandez, Darling, Koosman, Kranepool etc. But I would like to see more of the players that we got behind – even though they were far from super stars – or even everyday players.
Some of the responses that I got were surprising- such as Kevin Bass, Al Luplow, Ed Hearn and yes wait for it - LUIS CASTILLO ! Some were not so surprising such as Jesse Orosco, Benny Agbayani, Keith Miller and George Theodore.
Some of the former Mets players that I would like to see return for the festivities this coming season includes the likes of Joel Youngblood, Steve Henderson, Skip Lockwood, Jerry Morales, along with a return of Jon Matlack, Craig Swan, and hopefully another appearance of Noan Ryan.
So what Mets alumni would you like to see make their return during next seasons festivities ? Please comment below.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday includes:
Middle reliever from the ’70 season, Ron Herbel is 74 (1938) .
Mets bench coach from the ’10 season, Dave Jauss is 55(1957) .
The New York Mets traded one time first round draft pick – outfielder, Billy Beane along with pitching prospects, Bill Latham and Joe Klink to the Minnesota Twins for second baseman, Tim Teufel and minor league first baseman, Pat Crosby on January 16, 1986. This was one of the better under the radar moves by then general manager, Frank Cashen. Tim was mainly used in a platooon with Wally Backman. Oh and after his retirement from playing, Beane became the general manager of the Oakland A’s – and even ended up having a movie made about his introduction of ”Money Ball” tactics to baseball.
The New York Mets traded reserve catcher, Ronn Reynolds and minor league pitcher, Jeff Bittiger to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor leaguers, Ronnie Gideon and Rodger Cole on January 16, 1986.
The Minnesota Twins signed middle reliever, Randy Niemann of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 16, 1987.
The New York Mets signed free agent Starting pitcher, Pedro Astacio of the Houston Astros on January 16, 2002.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Jorge Sosa of the St. Louis Cardinals on January 16, 2007.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Scott Schoeneweis of the Cincinnati Reds on January 16, 2007.I still maintain that Scott was misused in his 2 seasons with the Mets.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Casey Fossum of the Detroit Tigers on January 16, 2009. Fossum only appeared in 3 games with the Mets before being released.
When Mo Vaughn played high school football he always wanted to be a tight end – but to his dismay the coach made him a wide receiver !!!