Brett Hinchliffe – His New York Mets Career 2001

When the Mets needed an emergency starter in 2001 they reached down to the minors and tapped Brett Hinchliffe, a career minor leaguer who had two brief stints in the majors with the Seattle Mariners and Anaheim Angels.  Hinchliffe started against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 26 but lasted just 2 innings yielding 9 hits and 8 runs and suffered the loss in a game the Mets would lose 12-8.   Following the game he was shipped back down to the minors.  It would be his only appearance as a Met and his last appearance in a Major League uniform.   

While with the Mets Hinchliffe wore number 32.

Brett Hinchliffe also played for the following teams:

Seattle Mariners – 1999
Anaheim Angels – 2000

Ken Singleton – His New York Mets Career 1970,1971

ken-singletonA native New Yorker, Ken Singleton was drafted by the Mets with the third overall pick in the 1967 free agent draft.   After working his way through the Mets minor league system Singleton made his Major League debut on June 24, 1970, he went 0-4 as the Mets starting leftfielder. He finished out the season as a regular member of the Mets outfield and hit .263 with 5 home runs and 26 RBIs. 

Singleton spent the entire 1971 season with the Mets as their regular right fielder.  His average dipped to .245 but he still managed to hit 13 home runs with 46 RBIs.  On the final day of the season Singleton hit 2 home runs against the St Louis Cardinals.  It turned out to be his last appearance in a Mets uniform.  Following the season the Mets traded Singleton to the Montreal Expos along with Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen in exchange for Rusty Staub.

In 1 ½ seasons with the Mets Ken Singleton appeared in 184 games hit .252 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs.   

While with the Mets Singleton wore number 29.

Ken Singleton also played for the following teams:
Montreal Expos – 1972-1974
Baltimore Orioles – 1975-1984

Bill Almon – His New York Mets Career 1980,1987

bill-almonBill Almon was drafted # 1 overall by the San Diego Padres in 1974 and had a solid Major League career, just not with the Mets. He had two stints with them neither of which were memorable.

The Mets initially signed Almon as a free agent on July 11, 1980. He made his Mets debut the same day as a pinch runner and would finish out the season playing in 48 games mainly as a utility infielder. However he failed to get off the interstate hitting just .170

The Mets released him during the off-season and he would go on to play for the White Sox, A’s and Pirates before returning in 1987.

The Mets reacquired Almon on May 29, 1987 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Al Pedrique and Scott Little. Almon’s second stint with the Mets was much like his first with just a slightly better batting average. This time around Almon hit .241 in 49 games.

The Mets parted ways with Almon in the off-season trading him to the Phillies for Shawon Barton and Vladimir Perez.

In 97 games for the Mets Bill Almon hit .193 with 8 runs batted in.

While with the Mets Almon wore number 25 in 1980 and number 2 in 1987.

Bill Almon also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1974-1978
Montreal Expos – 1980
Chicago White Sox – 1981,1982
Oakland A’s – 1983,1984
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1985-1987
Philadelphia Phillies – 1988

Benny Ayala – His New York Mets Career 1974,1976

Benny ayala.pngKnown as a power hitter in his native Puerto Rico Benny Ayala was signed as an amateur free agent by the Mets on January 28, 1971.  After three seasons in the minors where he showed promise as a power hitter with 45 home runs Ayala was called up to the show in 1974.  On August 27, 1974 he made his Major League debut and hit a home run in his first at bat off of Tom Griffin of the Houston Astros.  He became the first player in Mets history to hit a homer in their first major league at bat. Unfortunately that would be the highlight of his career in Flushing.

Ayala would finish out the 74 season with the Mets playing in 23 games hitting .235 with two homers and eight RBI’s.  After failing to make the team out of Spring Training in 1975, Ayala would play the entire 75 season with the Tidewater Tides, the Mets AAA affiliate.  He returned to the big club in 1976 but would last only 22 games hitting just .115 with a homer and two RBI’s. and was sent back down to the minors where he finished out the season.   Ayala did not return to the Mets and was traded to the St Louis Cardinals prior to the 1977 season in exchange for Doug Clarey

In 45 games for the Mets Ayala hit .202 with three homers and ten RBI‘s. 

While with the Mets Ayala wore number 18.

Benny Ayala also played for the following teams:
St. Louis Cardinals – 1977
Baltimore Orioles – 1979-1984
Cleveland Indians – 1985

Jim Mann – His New York Mets Career 2000

jim-mannRight-handed pitcher Jim Mann was a career minor leaguer when the Mets acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays prior to the 2000 season.  Mann started out the 2000 season pitching for the Mets Triple A affiliate the Norfolk Tides before getting the call he had been waiting for his entire life.  He joined the Mets at the end of May and made his Major League debut on May 29, 2000 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He pitched 2/3 innings and allowed 2 hits in the Mets 4-1 loss.  He was farmed back to the minors a few days later only to return in July.  He made his second big league appearance on July 2 against the Atlanta Braves and allowed 3 runs and 4 hits over 2 innings of relief.  It would be his last appearance in a Met uniform as he was shipped back to the minors where he finished out the season.  Following the season Mann signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros. 

In two relief appearances for the Mets Jim Man posted in a 10.13 ERA in 2 2/3 innings.

While with the Mets Mann wore number 39.

Jim Mann also played for the following teams:
Houston Astros – 2001,2002
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2003

Ed Glynn – His New York Mets Career 1979-1980

ed-glynnEd Glynn grew up in the shadow of Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens and at one time sold hot dogs in the stands when he was a student at Francis Lewis High School.  Though he was a local kid the left-handed pitcher did not catch the eyes of the Mets scouts and he eventually signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Tigers.  After working his way through the Tigers system, he was eventually traded to the Mets on March 13, 1979 in exchange for pitcher Mardie Cornejo.

Glynn started the 1979 season in the minors before being called up to the big club.  He made his Mets debut on June 1, 1979 pitching a scoreless 11th inning against the Atlanta Braves to earn the save and preserve the 5-4 win.  Glynn would go on to appear in 46 games for the Mets, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-4 record with 7 saves and 3.00 ERA.   His only victory came on September 6 against the Philadelphia Phillies when he pitched two innings of relief.

Ed Glynn spent the entire 1980 season with the Mets once again pitching exclusively out of the bullpen.  He posted a 3-3 record with 1 save and a 4.13 ERA in 38 games. 

Following the season the Mets traded Glynn to the Cleveland Indians. He returned to the Mets organization in 1984 but never made it back to the majors and eventually retired from pitching in 1990.

In 84 games over two seasons with the Mets Ed Glynn posted a 4-7 record with 8 saves and a 3.53 ERA.

While with the Mets Glynn wore number 48.

Ed Glynn also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1975-1978
Cleveland Indians – 1981-1983
Montreal Expos – 1984

 

Kevin Morgan – His New York Mets Career 1997

From 1994 to 1997 Kevin Morgan played 523 games in the Mets minor league system and just one for the Mets.  On June 15, 1997 in what would be his only Major League appearance Kevin Morgan pinch hit for pitcher Barry Manuel and flew out to shortstop.  He remained in the game playing 3rd base but did not get another at bat.  Following the game, he was optioned back to the minors where he finished out the season playing for the Norfolk Tides. 

While with the Mets Morgan wore number 10.

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Brook Fordyce – His New York Mets Career 1995

Brook Fordyce.jpgAfter spending 6 seasons in the Mets minor league system catcher Brook Fordyce finally got the call to join the big club in 1995.  He made his Major League debut on Opening Day as a pinch runner for David Segui.  Fordyce would make 3 more appearances for the Mets, all as a pinch hitter.  In his final plate appearance for the Mets on May 12 he hit a double for his first major league hit.  The Mets than placed him on waivers and he was claimed by the Cleveland Indians.

In 4 games for the Mets Fordyce batted .500 (1 for 2).

While with the Mets Fordyce wore number 5.

Brook Fordyce also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1996-1998
Chicago White Sox – 1999,2000
Baltimore Orioles – 2000-2003
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2004

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Randy Jones – His New York Mets Career 1981-1982

randy-jonesRandy Jones was a former National League Cy Young Award winner who had fallen on hard times when the Mets acquired him from the San Diego Padres prior to the 1981 season in exchange for John Pacella and Jose Moreno.  The left-hander struggled mightily in his first season posting a 1-8 record with a 4.85 ERA.   His only victory came against the Chicago Cubs on May 31st. 

Jones was given the ball on opening day in 1982 and was the winning pitcher against the Philadelphia Phillies.  After just one game he had matched his entire 1981 win total.   He also won his second start of the season in route to a 6-2 start.  But then things started to deteriorate and he finished the season with a 7-10 record.

Following the season the Mets released Jones thus ending his baseball career.  In his two seasons with the Mets Randy Jones posted an 8-18 record with a 4.69 ERA. 

While with the Mets Jones wore number 25 in 1981 and number 35 in 1982.

Randy Jones also played for the San Diego Padres from 1973-1980.

Tim Bogar – His New York Mets Career 1993-1996

tim-bogarTim Bogar was selected by the Mets in the 8th round of the 1987 amateur draft. After spending 6 years in the minors Bogar finally reached the majors in 1993 making his major debut on April 21, 1993 as a pinch hitter for Dwight Gooden, for the record he struck out.  Bogar would spend the rest of the season serving mainly as a utility infielder.  Appearing in 78 games he hit .244 with 3 home runs and 25 RBIs.  The highlight of his season came on August 14 against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went 4 for 4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs.  He also made history during the game becoming the first player in Mets history to hit an inside the park and an outside the park home run in the same game.  Unfortunately for Bogar he injured his hand sliding into home on his inside the park home run and would miss the remainder of the season.

Bogar returned to the Mets in 1994 but struggled at the plate for most of the season. In 50 games, he hit just .154 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs.  In August, he was demoted to the minors.

In 1995 Bogar had his best season at the plate, in 78 games he hit .290 with 1 home run and 21 RBIs.  His home run came on June 23rd against the Atlanta Braves, it was a 3-run shot in the Mets 9-3 victory.

In 1996 Bogar appeared in 91 games, playing all four infield positions, but struggled at the plate.  He hit just .213 with 6 RBIs.  Following the season the Mets traded Bogar to the Houston Astros in exchange for Luis Lopez.

In 4 seasons with the Mets Bogar appeared in 297 games and hit .242 with 6 home runs and 57 RBIs.

While with the Mets Bogar wore number 23 from 1993-1995 and number 11 in 1996.

Tim Bogar also played for the following teams:
Houston Astros – 1997-2000
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2001