Tsuyoshi Shinjo – His New York Mets Career 2001,2003

Tsuyohi ShinjoDespite marginal talent Tsuyoshi Shinjo was a very popular player in his native Japan due in large part to his bubbling personality, positive attitude and his flashy clothes.   But after ten years playing for the Hanshin Tigers Shinjo decided it was time to take his talents to the U.S. and signed with the Mets.  Much like in his native Japan Shinjo quickly became a fan favorite for many of the same reasons.  Met fans especially loved the little hop he generated after catching a fly ball. 

After hitting a home run in the Mets home opener, Shinjo went on the have a solid season at the plate while playing stellar defense in the outfield.  He finished the season with 10 home runs and 56 RBIs and was named to the Topps All-Rookie team.  But despite his popularity the Mets traded him to the San Francisco Giants along with Desi Relaford in exchange for pitcher Shawn Estes during the off-season.  He spent one disappointing season with the Giants but did manage to become the first Japanese player to appear in a World Series game.  After the season, the Giants released him and he once again signed with the Mets.

His second tour of duty with the Mets was not like the first.  He struggled at the plate and with his average at just .193 the Mets sent him down to the minors at the end of June where he finished out the season playing for the Norfolk Tides.  Following the season Shinjo returned to Japan where he finished out his playing career with the Nippon Ham Fighters before retiring after the 2006 season.

In 185 games for the Mets Shinjo batted .251 with 11 home runs and 63 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Shinjo wore number 5. 

Tsuyoshi Shinjo also played for the San Francisco Giants in 2002.

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Randy Sterling – His New York Mets Career 1974

Randy SterlingAfter spending six seasons in the Mets minor league system right-handed pitcher Randy Sterling finally got the call to join the big club as a September call-up in 1974.  He made his Major League debut on September 16 as the Mets starting pitcher against the Montreal Expos. He pitched five no-hit innings on his way to his first Major League victory.  His next start wouldn’t be as successful as he allowed 5 runs, 2 of which were earned, in 1 2/3 innings.  Sterling made one more appearance in a Met uniform pitching 2 innings of relief on September 28. It would be his final Major League appearance.

Sterling finished the season 1-1 with 4.82 ERA.  He returned to the minors in 1975 pitching the entire season with the Tidewater Tides before retiring.

While with the Mets Sterling wore number 35.

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Rick White – His New York Mets Career 2000-2001

Rick WhiteThe Mets acquired right-handed reliever Rick White along with Bubba Trammell from the Tampa Bay Devils on July 28, 2000 in exchange for Paul Wilson and Jason Tyner.  At the time, the Mets were looking to solidify their bullpen as they made a push to reach the postseason for the second season in a row.  White was the winning pitcher in his first appearance as a Met on July 29, he pitched one inning of scoreless relief against the St. Louis Cardinals.  White finished out the season with a 2-3 record and 1 save and helped the Mets win the National League Wild Card for the second year in a row.

In the postseason White won game three of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants by pitching two innings of scoreless relief as the Mets won the game in 13 innings.  The Mets would reach the World Series but lost to the Yankees in five games. 

White returned to the Mets in 2001 and pitched to similar results. Between two stints on the disabled list he posted a 4-5 record with 2 saves and a 3.88 ERA.  Following the season Rick White left the Mets and signed as a free agent with the Colorado Rockies.

In his two seasons with the Mets he won 6 games while losing 8 with 3 saves and a 3.86 ERA. 

While with the Mets White wore number 51. 

Rick White also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1994,1995, 2005
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 1998-2000
Colorado Rockies – 2002
St. Louis Cardinals – 2002
Chicago White Sox – 2003
Houston Astros – 2003, 2007
Cleveland Indians – 2004
Philadelphia Phillies – 2006
Cincinnati Reds – 2006
Seattle Mariners – 2007

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Scott Atchison – His New York Mets Career 2013

Scott AtchsisonScott Atchison a journeyman right-handed reliever was signed as a free agent by the Mets on January 29, 2013. He made his Mets debut on Opening Day 2013, pitching a 1-2-3 8th inning in the Mets 11-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

He would go onto appear in 50 games for the Mets in 2013, all out of the bullpen while posting a 3-3 record with 4.37 ERA over 45 1/3 innings.  His first win as a Met occurred on July 30 against the Miami Marlins.  In a tie game he pitched a scoreless ninth inning, before the Mets scored 2 in the 10th to secure the win.

Following the season Atchison was granted free agency and he signed with the Cleveland Indians.

While with the Mets Atchison wore number 50.

Scott Atchison also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 2004,2005
San Francisco Giants – 2007
Boston Red Sox – 2010-2012
Cleveland Indians – 2014,2015

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Wally Whitehurst – His New York Mets Career 1989-1992

Wally WhitehurstAfter spending a year and a half in the Mets minor league system Wally Whitehurst made his Met as well as his Major League debut on July 17, 1989.  He pitched one inning of relief and gave up two runs in the Mets 6-0 loss to the Houston Astros.  He would finish out the season with the Mets appearing in nine games all except one out of the bullpen.  He posted a 0-1 record with 4.50 ERA in 14 innings. 

Whitehurst made the Mets staff out of Spring Training in 1990 and was used a middle reliever and enjoyed his best season as a Met.  He appeared in 38 games, third most on the staff, and posted a 1-0 record with 2 saves and 3.29 ERA.  His first major league victory came on July 5th when he pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief against the Atlanta Braves. 

In 1991 the Mets converted Whitehurst to a starter.  He won his first start of the season, but then went on to have minimal success.  In 20 starts he won 5 while losing 11.  Overall for the season he appeared in 36 games and finished with a 7-12 record and 4.19 ERA.  1992 was more of the same, he appeared in a career high 44 games, 11 as a starter.  His record at the end of the season was 3 and 9 with 3.62 ERA. 

Following the season, the Mets traded Whitehurst to the San Diego Padres along with D.J. Dozier and Raul Casanova in exchange for All-Star shortstop Tony Fernandez.  

In four seasons with the Mets Wally Whitehurst appeared in 127 games, 32 as a starter, and compiled an 11-22 record with 3 saves and a 3.83 ERA.

While with the Mets Whitehurst wore number 47.

Wally Whitehurst also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1993,1994
New York Yankees – 1996

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Gus Bell – His New York Mets Career 1962

Gus BellThe Mets selected Gus Bell, a former All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds, with their 8th pick in the 1961 expansion draft.  In their inaugural game, Bell was named the starting right fielder and has distinction of recording the first hit in franchise history, a second inning single.  That would be the highlight of Bell’s time with the Mets.  On May 12, the Mets sent Gus Bell to the Milwaukee Braves to complete an earlier trade made on November 28, 1961, a trade in which the Mets acquired Frank Thomas.

In 30 games for the Mets, Gus Bell hit .149 with one home run and six RBIs.  His one home run came as a pinch hitter for Jim Hickman on April 17 and tied the game in 9th inning against the Houston Colt 45’s, but the Mets would lose in extra innings.  

While with the Mets Bell wore number 3.

Gus Bell also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1952
Cincinnati Reds – 1953-1961
Milwaukee Braves – 1962-1964

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Pumpsie Green – His New York Mets Career 1963

Pumpsie GreenThe Mets acquired third baseman Pumpsie Green from the Boston Red Sox on December 12, 1962 along with Tracy Stallard and Al Moran in exchange for Felix Mantilla.  Prior to coming to the Mets Green hit .246 in four seasons for the Red Sox.  He also was the first black player in Red Sox history.

Green would start the 1963 season with the Buffalo Bisons; the Mets triple A affiliate, before getting the call in September.  He made his Mets debut on September 4 as a pinch hitter for Galen Cisco against the St Louis Cardinals. For the record Green walked.  Pumpsie would finish out the season playing third base. He appeared in 17 games and hit .278 with a home run and five RBIs.  His one home run came on September 17, a two-run shot against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Green played the entire 1964 season and part of the 1965 season with the Buffalo Bisons before retiring as a player.

While with the Mets Green wore number 18.

Pumpsie Green also played for the Boston Red Sox from 1959-1962.

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Tommie Agee – His New York Mets Career 1968-1972

Tommie ageeOn December 15, 1967 the New York Mets acquired Tommie Agee along with Al Weis from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Jack Fisher, Tommy Davis, Billy Wynne and Buddy Booker.

Tommie Agee who had three cups of coffee with the Cleveland Indians from 1962 to 1964 was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1966 as a member of the White Sox.  But his production fell off the next season and the White Sox decided they had seen enough and shipped him to the Mets.  Though he struggled in his first season in New York (.217 average, 5 HRs and 17 RBIs), he turned out to a god send in helping the Mets win the 1969 World Series. 

In 1969 Tommie Agee got off to a strong start hitting two home runs during the third game of the season against the Montreal Expos, one of which was hit to section 48 of the upper deck in Shea Stadium.  He became the first and only player to hit a home run into the upper deck. Agee would go on to hit .271 while leading the Mets in home runs (26), RBI’s (76) and runs scored (97). 

Even though Agee had a brilliant regular season in 1969, it was his brilliant postseason performance which cemented his legacy in Mets history.  After hitting .357 with two home runs and four RBI’s in the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, Agee continued his superb play in the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

After the Mets split the first two games in Baltimore they returned home looking to win their first World Series title.  Tommie Agee led off game three of the series with a home run off of Baltimore ace and future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.  A lead they would not relinquish due in large part to the defensive heroics of Agee in centerfield.  Agee made two spectacular catches in centerfield saving at least five runs from scoring.  The Mets would win the game by a score of 5-0 and never looked back as they shocked the world and won their first World Series title.

Agee continued his stellar play in 1970 hitting a career best .286 while once again leading the Mets with 24 home runs and 75 RBIs.  In 1970 Agee also became the first player in franchise history to win a gold glove. 

In 1970 Agee also set the following franchise records, which have all since been broken:

Most At-bats – 636
Most Runs – 107
Most Hits –  182
Most Stolen Bases – 31
Most Total Bases – 298 

Though Agee still led the Mets in 1971 with 14 home runs, sharing the honor with Ed Kranepool and Cleon Jones, knee injuries affected his production in 1971 and 1972 prompting the Mets to trade him to the Houston Astros following the 1972 season.  for Rich Chiles and Buddy Harris.

He would go on to play for the Astros and Cardinals in 1973 but was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 1974 season ending his playing career. 

In five seasons with the Mets Tommie Agee hit .262 with 82 home runs and 265 RBI’s in 661 games.  He also played 8 postseason games hitting .250 with 3 home runs and 5 runs batted in. 

Tommie Agee was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2002 but unfortunately was not able to enjoy the moment as he passed away in January 2001.

While with the Mets Agee wore number 20.

Tommie Agee also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1962-1964
Chicago White Sox – 1965-1967
St, Louis Cardinals – 1973
Houston Astros – 1973

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Dan Schatzeder – His New York Mets Career 1990

Dan SchatzederLooking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run the Mets acquired left-hander Dan Schatzeder from the Houston Astros on September 10, 1990.  He made his Met debut four days later when he pitched 2/3 of an inning in the Mets 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.  He would go on to pitch in another five games, all out of the bullpen, and allowed zero earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Following the season, Schatzeder was granted free agency and signed with the Kansas City Royals.

While with the Mets Schatzeder wore number 43.

Dan Schatzeder also played for the following teams:
Montreal Expos – 1977-1979, 1982-1986
Detroit Tigers – 1980,1981
San Francisco Giants – 1982
Philadelphia Phillies – 1986,1987
Minnesota Twin – 1987,1988
Cleveland Indians – 1988
Houston Astros – 1989,1990
Kansas City Royals – 1991

 

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Luis Rosado – His New York Mets Career 1977,1980

Luis RosadoThe New York Mets signed Luis Rosado as an amateur free agent in 1972.  The native Puerto Rican was initially assigned to the Mets Rookie League team, the Marion Mets. He worked his way through the Met system eventually making his way to their Triple A affiliate, the Tidewater Tides. Along the way, he produced solid but unspectacular numbers primarily as a catcher while playing some first base.  After six seasons in the minors Rosado finally got the call to big leagues as a September call up in 1977.

He made his Major League debut on September 8, 1977 as the Mets starting first baseman.  He went 0-4 as the Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2.   A few days later he got his first major league hit, a single off future Hall of Famer, Steve Carlton and would later score the only run of the game.  Rosado would appear in nine games for the Mets in 1977, he hit .208 while driving in three runs.

Rosado returned to the Tidewater Tides in 1978 spending the next three years there before getting one more shot with the Mets in 1980.  He appeared in two games for the Mets in the final week of the season going hitless in four at bats.

1980 would be Rosado’s last season in the Mets organization.  He would spend a few years in the Mexican League before playing a couple of seasons in the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers organization.  He retired from playing following the 1985 season. 

His final numbers in 11 games with the New York Mets were a .179 average with 3 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Rosado wore number 35 in 1977 and 58 in 1980.

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