Willie Blair – His New York Mets Career 1998

Willie blairWillie Blair was journeyman right-handed reliever when the Mets acquired him at the trading deadline in 1998.  He was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks along with catcher Jorge Fabregas in exchange for Bernard Gilkey and Nelson Figueroa.  At the time the Mets were battling the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants for the National League Wild Card.

Blair made his Mets debut on August 3rd pitching two innings of relief against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He would go on to pitch in 11 games for the Mets, all but two out of the bullpen.  He finished the season with a 1-1 record and 3.14 ERA.  His one victory came against the Montreal Expos on September 13th.  Blair started the game and pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings and allowed just three hits.  It was also his last appearance of the season.

Following the season the Mets traded Willie Blair to the Detroit Tigers. 

While with the Mets Blair wore number 46.

Willie Blair also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1990
Cleveland Indians – 1991
Houston Astros – 1992
Colorado Rockies – 1993,1994
San Diego Padres – 1995,1996
Detroit Tigers – 1997, 1999-2001
Arizona Diamondbacks – 1998

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