After two brief cups of coffee with the Mets in 1999 and 2000 catcher Vance Wilson was promoted to the Mets in July of 2001 and would stay with the big club for the next four seasons serving as backup to All-star Mike Piazza. His greatest strength to the Mets was his ability to throw out base runners and he was used primarily as a late inning defensive replacement. From 2001 to 2003 Wilson. was one of the top catchers in the league in throwing out base runners, averaging 45%.
Offensively he was no match for Mike Piazza, arguably the best hitting catcher in the history of the game, but Wilson did manage to put up some respectable numbers. In 2003, he posted career bests with 8 home runs and 39 RBI’s. and hit a career best .274 in 2004.
Following the 2004 season the Mets traded Vance Wilson to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Anderson Hernandez. In 286 games with the Mets from 1999-2004 Wilson hit .254 with 17 home runs and 92 RBIs. He also threw out 44% of would be base stealers.
While with the Mets Wilson wore number 3.
Vance Wilson also played for the Detroit Tigers in 2005 and 2006.