The Mets acquired right-handed reliever Ken Sanders from the California Angels on March 22, 1975 in exchange for Ike Hampton. Sanders was a journeyman relief pitcher who once led the American League in saves; in 1971 with the Milwaukee Brewers he saved 31 games.
Sanders started the 1975 season pitching in the minors for the Tidewater Tides before getting called up at the end of June. He made his Met debut on June 29 against the Philadelphia Phillies; he allowed 1 run and 2 hits. Sanders finished the season with the Mets and pitched fairly affectively out of their bullpen. He appeared in 29 games and posted a 1-1 record with 5 saves and a 2.30 ERA. He did spend a brief time on the disabled list due to a freak injury. During his warm-up pitches he lost the return throw from catcher John Stearns and was hit in the right eye with the ball.
Sanders spent the 1976 season with the Mets and pitched to similar results. He appeared in 31 games and finished the season with a 1-2 record with 1 save and a 2.87 ERA. The Mets sold Sanders to the Kansas City Royals on September 17. The Royals were in need of an extra arm as they made a push to reach the postseason.
Over two seasons with the Mets Sanders appeared in 60 games and posted a 2-3 record with 6 saves and a 2.60 ERA.
While with the Mets Sanders wore number 33.
Ken Sanders also played for the following teams:
Kansas City A’s – 1964,1966
Boston Red Sox – 1966
Oakland A’s – 1968
Milwaukee Brewers – 1970-1972
Cleveland Indians – 1973,1974
Minnesota Twins – 1973
California Angels – 1974
Kansas City Royals – 1976