Jeff Kaiser – His New York Mets Career – 1993

After being claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on April 23, 1993 left-handed pitcher Jeff Kaiser made his Met debut a week later. On April 29 he pitched the final inning of the Mets10-5 loss to San Francisco Giants, he gave up two hits and two runs. He made five more appearances out of the Mets bullpen but with very little success. With his ERA at 11.57 he was shipped down to the minors where he finished the season with the Norfolk Tides. With the Tides he went 1-1 with 9 saves.

Following the season, he was granted free agency but did not sign with another team and retired.

While with the Mets Kaiser wore number 56.

Jeff Kaiser also played for the following teams:
Oakland A’s – 1985
Cleveland Indians – 1987-1990
Detroit Tigers – 1991
Cincinnati Reds – 1993
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Tom Sturdivant – His New York Mets Career 1964

Tom SturdivantTom Sturdivant started his Major League career with the New York Yankees in 1955 and posted back to back 16 win seasons in 1956 and 1957 before a rotator cuff injury sidetracked his once promising career. He then spent the next six seasons bouncing around the league before landing with the Mets in 1964. Along the way he had the distinction of being the losing pitcher in the Mets first win in franchise history. On April 23, 1962 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sturdivant started the game and gave up five runs in just one inning of work as the Mets coasted to a 9-1 victory.

The Mets signed Tom Sturdivant as a free agent on May 10, 1964 and he made his debut with the club on the same day. He pitched three innings in relief allowing four runs in the Mets 10-1 loss to the St Louis Cardinals. Tom Sturdivant would pitch in sixteen games, all out of the bullpen, for the Mets in 1964 posting a 5.97 ERA in 28 2/3 innings. On June 27th the Mets released Sturdivant ending his career.

While with the Mets Sturdivant wore number 47.

Tom Sturdivant also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 1955-1959
Kansas City A’s = 1959,1963,1964
Boston Red Sox – 1960
Washington Senators – 1961
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1961-1963
Detroit Tigers – 1963

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Andy Hassler – His New York Mets Career 1979

Andy HasslerThe New York Mets purchased the contract of left handed pitcher Andy Hassler from the Boston Red Sox on June 15,1979. Hassler was an 8-year veteran who had a career 36 -55 record pitching for the California Angels, Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox.

He made his Met debut on June 19th against the Houston Astros and pitched 7 decent innings allowing 3 runs but would suffer the loss in the game. He earned his first win as a Met in his next appearance on June 24th against the St Louis Cardinals. Overall, he would pitch in 29 games for the Mets in 1979, 8 as a starter. He earned his first save on July 21 against the San Diego Padres when he recorded the final out in a 2-1 victory.   At times he showed good stuff but for the most was mediocre. He finished the season with a 4-5 record and 4 saves with a 3.70 ERA pitching for a bad Mets team.

The Mets allowed Hassler to walk as a free agent following the 1979 season and he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

While with the Mets Hassler wore number 44.

Andy Hassler also played for the following teams:
California Angels – 1971.1973-1976, 1980-1983
Kansas City Royals – 1976-1978
Boston Red Sox – 1978,1979
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1980
St.  Louis Cardinals – 1984,1985

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Raul Casanova – His New York Mets Career 2008

Raul CasanovaCatcher Raul Casanova was originally drafted by the Mets in the 1990 amateur draft, but after spending two seasons in the minors he was traded to the San Diego Padres along with D.J. Dozier and Wally Whitehurst for Tony Fernandez. Casanova would spend the next 14 years bouncing around the majors and minors before eventually returning to the Mets in 2008 as a free agent.

On April 11, 2008 against the Milwaukee Brewers he made his Mets debut as their starting catcher and went 1-3 at the plate. Casanova would appear in 20 games for the Mets before being sent back to the minors in the middle of June. He hit .273 (15-55) with a home run and 6 RBIs. His one home run came on April 27 against the Atlanta Braves; it was his best game as a Mets as he went 3-4 with 2 RBIs.

After his demotion in June he spent the remainder of the season with the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Mets triple A affiliate. His brief stint with the Mets would be his last in the majors.

While with the Mets Casanova wore number 30.

Raul Casanova also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1995-1998
Milwaukee Brewers – 2000-2002
Baltimore Orioles – 2002
Chicago White Sox – 2005
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2007

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Pat Tabler – His New York Mets Career 1990

Pat TablerLooking for an extra bat off their bench for the stretch run the Mets acquired Pat Tabler from the Kansas City Royals on August 30, 1990. Tabler was one of the best clutch hitters in the league and was even known as “Mr. Clutch” by many of his teammates. As the Mets battled the Pittsburgh Pirates down the stretch for the National League’s Eastern Division, Tabler proved to be a valuable commodity. He appeared in 17 games and hit .279 with a home run and 10 RBIs. His one home run was a three-run shot against the Chicago Cubs on September 28, a game in which the Mets won 7-1.  Unfortunately, the Mets fell short and finished in second place.

Following the season Pat Tabler signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.

While with the Mets Tabler wore number 35.

Pat Tabler also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 1981-1982
Cleveland Indians – 1983-1988
Kanas City Royals – 1988-1990
Toronto Blue Jays – 1991,1992

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Jeff Barry – His New York Mets Career 1995

Jeff BarryThe Mets acquired Jeff Barry from the Montreal Expos on December 9. 1991 in exchange for Blaine Beatty. After spending three seasons in their minor league system Jeff Barry made his Major League debut with the Mets on June 9, 1995 replacing Brett Butler in the outfield. In his first big league at bat he struck out. Barry spent the next month with the Mets appearing in 15 games mainly as pinch hitter. He batted .133 (2 for 15). Barry was farmed back down to the minors in the middle of July where he spent the rest of the season.

The Mets traded Jeff Barry to the San Diego Padres in the off-season in exchange for Pedro Martinez.

While with the Mets Barry wore number 18.

Jeff Barry also played for the Colorado Rockies in 1998,1999.

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Pedro Martinez – His New York Mets Career 1996

Before his more famous namesake was a member of the Mets there was another Pedro Martinez who pitched for them. This Pedro was a lefty reliever who appeared in just 5 games for them in 1996 after being acquired from the San Diego Padres in December 1995 in exchange for outfielder Jeff Barry.

Martinez pitched for the Norfolk Tides, the Mets top minor league club, before being recalled in the middle of June. He made his Met debut on June 14, pitching three innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 13-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  It would be his best outing with the Mets. Martinez would pitch another four games for New York before being shipped back to the minors.   At the time his ERA was 6.43

In the middle of September, he was placed on waivers and was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds where he finished out the season.

While with the Mets Martinez wore number 48

Pedro Martinez also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1993-1994
Houston Astro – 1995
Cincinnati Reds – 1996,1997

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Bob Hendley – His New York Mets Career 1967

Bob HendeyLeft-handed pitcher Bob Hendley was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on June 12, 1967 in exchange for Rob Gardner and Johnny Stephenson. Prior to joining the Mets Hendley had pitched 7 seasons and had won 45 games during his career.

Hendley made his Mets debut on June 17 and pitched an inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 9-1 loss to the Cubs. Hendley finished out the season with the Mets and appeared in 15 games making 12 starts and 3 relief appearances. He posted a 3-3 record with a 3.44 ERA. His three victories came in three straight starts from July 13 to July 23. His best outing came on July 23 when he pitched a complete game four hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers, out pitching future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale.

Following the 67 season Hendley had elbow surgery; he remained in the Mets organization for two seasons but never made it back to the majors. He pitched the 1968 season for the Jacksonville Suns and the 1969 season with the Tidewater Tides. He retired following the 1969 season.

While with the Mets Hendley wore number 33.

Bob Hendley also played for the following teams:
Milwaukee Braves – 1961-1963
San Francisco Giants – 1964,1965
Chicago Cubs – 1965-1967

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Tommy Davis – His New York Mets Career 1967

Tommy DavisTommy Davis, a Brooklyn native, played 8 seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers where he hit .304 and won two National League Batting titles, when the Mets acquired him in a trade prior to the 1967 season along with Derrell Griffith in exchange for Ron Hunt and Jim Hickman. He singled in his first at bat as a Met on Opening Day and went on to become the Mets best hitter for the 1967 season. Playing left field, he led the Mets in just about every offensive category including hits (174), doubles (32), home runs (16), RBIs (73), and average (.302). His 174 hits and 32 doubles at the time set single season franchise records.

Twice he hit two home runs on a game on July 13 in the Mets 7-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.  His second came on August 12 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a 6-1 Mets victory.

Despite his hugely successful year with the Mets, he was traded following the season to the Chicago White Sox. At the time many fans questioned the trade, but two years later the name Tommy Davis was forgotten as the two players the Mets acquired, Tommie Agee and Al Weis, helped the Mets win the World Series.

Tommy Davis would go on to play another nine seasons, but despite still maintaining a healthy average he was unable to stick with one team and bounced around among eight different teams.

While with the Mets Davis wore number 12.

Tommy Davis also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1959-1966
Chicago White Sox – 1968
Seattle Pilots – 1969
Houston Astros – 1969,1970
Oakland A’s – 1970,1971
Chicago Cubs – 1970,1972
Baltimore Orioles – 1972-1975
Kansas City Royals – 1976
California Angels – 1976

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Bubba Trammell – His New York Mets Career 2000

Bubba TrammellThe Mets acquired outfielder Bubba Trammell along with Rick White from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for Paul Wilson and Jason Tyner on July 28, 2000. He made his Met debut on July 30 as the Mets starting right fielder and hit a three-run home run in his first at bat. Trammell finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 36 games. He hit .232 with 3 home runs and 12 RBIs and helped the Mets reach the postseason for the second season in a row.

After going 0-3 as a pinch hitter in the NLCS against the St Louis Cardinals Trammell went on to have a very productive World Series against the New York Yankees. In game one his pinch hit single in the 7th inning drove in two runs and tied the game, but unfortunately the Mets lost the game in 12 innings. He would hit .400 in the series and drive in three runs, but the Mets lost the series in five games.

Following the season, the Mets traded him to the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitcher Donne Wall.

While with the Mets Trammell wore number 33.

Bubba Trammell also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1997
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 1998-2000
San Diego Padres – 2001,2002
New York Yankees – 2003

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