Jorge Velandia – His New York Mets Career 2000,2001,2003

Jorge VelandiaThe New York Mets acquired infielder Jorge Velandia from the Oakland A’s on August 30, 2000 from the Oakland A’s in exchange for Nelson Cruz.  He made his Met debut a week later on September 6th against the Cincinnati Reds as a late game defensive replacement at second base.  He would go on to appear in 16 games for the Mets down the stretch, serving mainly as a defensive replacement and pinch runner.  He stepped to the plate 7 times but failed to get a hit.

Velandia spent the 2001 season with the Mets Triple A affiliate the Norfolk Tides before returning to the big club as a September call up.  Like his 2000 stint he served mainly as a defensive replacement and pinch runner.  He went 0-9 at the plate.

Velandia would spend the entire 2002 season in the minors and most of the 2003 season before being called up in September.  As the starting shortstop on September 3 ,2003 he recorded his first hit as a Met, a triple off Russ Ortiz of the Atlanta Braves.  He would go on to appear in 23 games for the Mets, all at shortstop.  He hit .274 (11 for 58) with 8 RBI’s.

Following the season Velandia signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves.  In 47 games for the Mets Velandia hit .149 with 8 RBI’s.

While with the Mets Velandia wore # 11 in 2000 and 2001 and #13 in 2003

Jorge Velandia also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1997
Oakland A’s – 1998-2000
Tampa Bay Rays –
  2007
Cleveland Indians – 2008
Toronto Blue Jays – 2008

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