Bob Apodaca – His New York Mets Career 1973-1977

bob-apodacaBob Apodaca made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 18, 1973, exactly four years later he pitched in his last big league game.  In between Apodaca showed promise as a relief pitcher but injuries sidetracked a once promising career.  

In his five seasons with the Mets Apodaca pitched in 184 games, all but 11 out of the bullpen.   He won 16 games while losing 25 and saved another 26.  He also posted a very respectable 2.86 ERA over 361.1 innings.  His best season with the Mets occurred in 1975 when he led the team with 13 saves and posted a 1.49 ERA in 84.2 innings. 

Apodaca blew out his elbow during Spring Training in 1978.  After missing the entire 1978 and 1979 seasons the Mets released him on December 11, 1979 ending his big league career.  He attempted a comeback in 1981 with the Jackson Mets, their Double A affiliate, but that lasted just six games.

Following his playing career Apodaca spent over a decade as a pitching coach in the Mets minor league system.  He eventually worked his way back to the majors serving as the Mets pitching coach from 1996-1999.

While with the Mets Apodaca wore number 34.

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