Dock Ellis – His New York Mets Career 1979

Dock EllisThe New York Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Dock Ellis from the Texas Rangers at the June 15th trade deadline in 1979 for fellow pitchers Mike Bruhert and Bob Myrick. Ellis was very successful pitcher and former All-Star with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early part of the 70’s but he was also known for erratic and volatile behavior.  He threw a no-hitter with the Pirates in 1970, but admitted years later that he was high on LSD at the time. 

He made his Met debut on June 18th and pitched a solid game allowing two runs over six innings, but would suffer a no decision in a game the Mets would lose 3-2 in 18 innings.   From that point on Dock Ellis did show signs of his former self but for the most part pitched like someone who had little left in the tank.  In 17 games, 14 of which he started, Ellis posted a 3-7 record with an astronomical ERA of 6.04.

Since the Mets did not plan on bringing Ellis back for the 1980 season, they sold him to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were in the middle of a pennant race with the Montreal Expos, on September 21st.   He pitched in a handful of games for the Pirates before retiring after the season.   

While with the Mets Ellis wore number 35. 

Dock Ellis also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1968-1975,1979
New York Yankees – 1976,1977
Texas Rangers – 1977-1979
Oakland A’s – 1977

Ken Henderson – His New York Mets Career 1978

Ken HendersonThe Mets acquired Ken Henderson, a 13-year veteran outfielder, from the Texas Rangers as part of a multi-player multi-team trade on December 8, 1977.  He made his Mets debut as their Opening Day right fielder in 1978 and went 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Three days later Henderson went 2 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBIs in the Mets 6-0 victory over the Cubs.  But than his season came to a sudden halt, on April 12 Henderson injured his foot when he ran into the wall chasing a fly ball.   The injury landed him on the disabled list.  When he came off the DL on May 19, the Mets traded him to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for relief pitcher Dale Murray.

In seven games for the Mets Ken Henderson batted .227 (5-22) with a home run and 4 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Henderson wore number 20.

Ken Henderson also played for the following teams:
San Francisco Giants – 1965-1972
Chicago White Sox – 1973-1975
Atlanta Braves – 1976
Texas Rangers – 1977
Cincinnati Reds – 1978,1979
Chicago Cubs – 1979,1980

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Rich Becker – His New York Mets Career 1998

Rich BeckerAcquired from the Minnesota Twins for fellow outfielder Alex Ochoa prior to the 1998 season, Rich Becker was slated to be a fourth outfielder for the 98 squad.  He was considered a solid defensive outfielder with a decent bat; he was a .267 career hitter at the time of the trade.  Becker got off to a fast start with the Mets driving in six runs in his first four games.  But from that point his bat was basically nonexistent, plus he had a penchant for striking out.  In 100 at bats for the Mets he struck out 42 times.  The Mets had finally scene enough and with his average at .190 they placed him on waivers in the middle of June.  He finished out the season with the Baltimore Orioles.

In 49 games for the Mets Becker batted .190 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.

While with the Mets Becker wore number 6.

Rich Becker also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1993-1997
Baltimore Orioles – 1998
Oakland A’s – 1999,2000
Milwaukee Brewers – 1999
Detroit Tigers – 2000

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Nick Willhite – His New York Mets Career 1967

Nick WillhiteLeft-handed pitcher Nick Willhite was acquired from the California Angles in exchange for Jack Hamilton on June 10, 1967.  The following day he was the Mets starting pitcher against the Chicago Cubs, he allowed five runs over just two innings and suffered the loss.  Willhite would appear in three more games all out of the bullpen before the Mets cut ties with him.

In four games for the Mets Nick Willhite finished with a 0-1 record and 8.64 ERA in 8 1/3 innings.

While with the Mets Willhite wore number 29.

Nick Willhite also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1963-1966
Washington Senators – 1965
California Angels – 1967

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Joe Grzenda – His New York Mets Career 1967

Joe GrzendaThe Mets purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Joe Grzenda from the Kansas City A’s on August 14, 1967.  He made his Met debut the next day against the Philadelphia Phillies pitching two innings of scoreless relief in a game the Mets would lose 3-2 in 12 innings.  He would finish out the season with the Mets appearing in 11 games.  He posted a 0-0 record with a 2.16 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.

Following the season his contract was purchased by the Minnesota Twins.

While with the Mets Grzenda wore number 43.

Joe Grzenda also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1961
Kansas City A’s – 1964,1966
Minnesota Twins – 1969
Washington Senators – 1970,1971
St. Louis Cardinals – 1972

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Sean Henn – His New York Mets Career 2013

The Mets signed left-handed pitcher Sean Henn as a free agent on April 10, 2013.  After spending the season in the minors with the Las Vegas 51’s, where he went 3 and 5 with a 2.81 ERA, he was called up to New York in September.  He made his Met debut on September 9th against the Washington Nationals, he pitched one inning and allowed no runs in the Mets 9-0 loss.  Henn would appear in three more games, all out of the bullpen, and finished with an 0-1 record and 3.38 ERA.

2013 would be his last season in the majors.

While with the Mets Henn wore number 43.

Sean Henn also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 2005-2007
San Diego Padres – 2008
Minnesota Twins – 2009
Baltimore Orioles = 2009

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Jim Hickman – His New York Mets Career 1962-1966

Jim HickmanThe New York Mets drafted Jim Hickman, a career minor leaguer with the St Louis Cardinals, in the 1961 expansion draft.  An original Met he would play a total of five seasons for New York before being traded to the Dodgers following the 1966 season.  While with the Mets he was a steady player who put up some solid power numbers despite not hitting for much of an average.  He also became a walking trivia answer as he became the first Met to accomplish several feats.

Hickman made his Met as well as his Major League debut on April 14, 1962 as a pinch hitter for pitcher Al Jackson. For the record he popped up to shortstop.  He would eventually become a regular member of the Mets starting lineup, playing all three outfield positions.  He didn’t hit for much of an average, just .245, but put up some decent power numbers in his first season, 13 home runs (3rd most on the team), 18 doubles with 46 RBIs.

In 1963, he hit just .229 but managed to lead the team with 17 home runs and 6 triples. But his biggest accomplishment occurred on August 7th at the Polo Grounds when he became the first player in franchise history to hit for the cycle in the Mets 7-3 victory over the St Louis Cardinals.  It was a natural cycle meaning he hit a single, double, triple and home run in that order, at the time he was just the sixth player in Major League history to record such a feat.   Hickman also became the answer to another trivia question a month later when he became the last player to hit a home run at the old Polo Grounds, the Mets home stadium during their first two seasons.

His numbers over the next two seasons were more of the same, in 1964 he hit .257 with 11 homers and 57 RBIs and in 1965 he hit .236 with 15 home runs and 40 RBI’s.  In 1965, he accomplished another first in Met history when he became the first player to hit three home runs in a game on September 3rd against the St Louis Cardinals, the Mets won the game 6-3.

Hickman missed a majority of the 1966 season with a wrist injury, appearing in only 58 games.  Following the season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Ron Hunt in exchange for Tommy Davis and Derrell Griffith. 

His final Met numbers were a .241 average with 60 home runs and 210 RBIs in 624 games.

 While with the Mets Hickman wore number 9 from 1962-1965 and numbers 27 and 6 in 1966.

Jim Hickman also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1967
Chicago Cubs – 1968-1973
St. Louis Cardinals – 1974

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Mike Glavine – His New York Mets Career 2003

Mike GlavineIn 2003, the Mets signed Tom Glavine as a free agent while also signing his younger brother Mike.  The only difference between the two was that Tom was a former Cy Young Award winner while Mike was a career minor leaguer.   Mike stayed true to his form and spent the entire season in Triple A with the Norfolk Tides, before the Mets recalled him in September to play with his brother.  

Mike Glavine made his Major League debut on September 14th when he pinch hit for his brother.  Mike grounded out to 2nd base, but by appearing in the game the Glavine became the first brothers to play for the Mets.  Mike Glavine would go on to appear in six games for the Mets as both a pinch hitter and first baseman.  He went 1 for 7 at the plate with his only hit coming in his final at bat of the season against the Florida Marlins.  He returned to play for the Norfolk Tides in 2004 but hit just .216 and retired from playing following the season.

While with the Mets Glavine wore number 27.

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Tom Hall – His New York Mets Career 1975,1976

Tom HallThe Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Tom Hall from the Cincinnati Reds on April 15, 1975 in exchange for Mac Scarce.  He made his Met debut the next day pitching two innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 3-2 loss to the St Louis Cardinals.  Hall would go on to pitch in 34 games for the Mets the rest of the season and finished with a 4-3 record with 1 save and 4.75 ERA.  Of his 34 appearances four were as a starter; he won two of his four starts. 

Hall returned to the Mets in 1976 but pitched in just five games before the Mets traded him to the Kansas City Royals on May 7. At the time of the trade his record was 1-1 with 5.79 ERA.

In 39 appearances over two seasons Tom Hall posted a 5-4 record with 1 save and 4.82 ERA

While with the Mets Hall wore number 42 in 1975 and 19 in 1976.

Tom Hall also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1968-1971
Cincinnati Reds – 1972-1975
Kansas City Royals – 1976,1977

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Bob Bailor – His New York Mets Career 1981-1983

Bob BailorThe Mets acquired Bob Bailor from the Toronto Blue Jays on December 12, 1980 in exchange for pitcher Roy Lee Jackson.  Bailor was a jack of all trades type of player, having the ability to play both the infield and outfield.  With the Mets over three seasons he would play 2nd, 3rd and shortstop as well as all three outfield positions.

Bailor’s Mets career did not get off to a great start as he started the 1981 season on the disabled list with a pulled ribcage muscle.  He made his Mets debut on April 29th against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  With the Mets trailing 10-0 he pinch hit for shortstop Frank Taveras in the 8th inning and flew out to centerfield.  The Mets used Bailor sparingly in 1981, as he appeared in just 51 games with 81 at bats.  He hit a respectable .284 with 8 RBIs.  He played a majority of his games at shortstop.

Bailor would appear in 110 games for the Mets in 1982 starting 86 of them.  He started the season playing a majority of the games at second base but with the emergence of Wally Backman, he started to see more time at shortstop and third base.  He hit .277 for the season and drove in 31 runs while stealing a career best 20 bases.

He started the 1983 season as the Mets everyday shortstop.  On April 13 he hit his one and only home run as a Met, a solo shot off of Sid Monge of the Philadelphia Phillies. But a sore rib cage muscle landed him on the disabled list in May.  When he returned from the DL he was used primarily as a back-up infielder.  He would appear in 118 games for the Mets in 1983 hitting .250 with one home run and 30 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

During the off-season the Mets traded Bailor to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Carlos Diaz in exchange for Sid Fernandez and Ross Jones.

In 279 games for the Mets over three seasons Bailor hit .266 with one home run and 69 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Bailor wore number 4.

Bob Bailor also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 1975,1976
Toronto Blue Jays – 1977-1980
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1984,1985

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