Tim Corcoran – His New York Mets Career 1986

Tim CocoranTim Corcoran, an eight-year veteran, was signed by the Mets as a free agent on March 4, 1986.  He spent the majority of the season playing in the minors but did manage to appear in six games for the Mets, he started one game at first base and served as a pinch hitter in the rest.  While with the Mets he failed to get a hit in seven at bats. 

The Mets released him on June 9 ending his career.

While with the Mets Corcoran wore number 29

Tim Corcoran also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1977-1980
Minnesota Twins – 1981
Philadelphia Phillies – 1983-1985

 

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Jonathan Hurst – His New York Mets Career 1994

Jonathan HurstRight-handed pitcher Jonathan Hurst, a career minor leaguer who had a brief cup of coffee with the Montreal Expos in 1992 was signed by the Mets as a free agent prior to the 1994 season. He made his Met debut on April 5, 1994 against the Chicago Cubs and pitched two innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 6-2 victory. Unfortunately, his strong debut did not last. He appeared in a total of seven games for the Mets in the month of April, posting a 0-1 record with a 12.60 ERA in 10 innings. He was shipped back to the minors after allowing six runs in two innings of work on April 21st against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It would be his last appearance in a Major League uniform. He would finish out the season pitching for the Norfolk Tides, the Mets top farm club, where he posted a 5-4 record with a 3.78 ERA.

Hurst went on to pitch in Mexico, Taiwan and Japan before retiring from playing in 2005. He returned to the Mets organization in 2006 as the pitching coach for the Kingsport Mets, their rookie league affiliate.

While with the Mets Hurst wore number 13.

Jonathan Hurst also played for the Montreal Expos in 1992.

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Bill Sudakis – His New York Mets Career 1972

Bill SudakisThe Mets purchased the contract of Bill Sudakis from the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 27,1972.  He started the season in the minors before getting called up in July.  He made his Met debut on July 11 against the San Francisco Giants as the starting first baseman, he went 0 for 3 with a walk in the Mets 6-1 loss.  He appeared in seven more games before being sent back to the minors.  At the time, he was hitting .080 (2 for 25).  He did drive in both runs in the Mets 2-1 victory on July 15 against the San Diego Padres.

Sudakis returned to the Mets when rosters expanded in September.  He appeared in 10 games as both a pinch hitter and catcher.  On September 22, he hit his only home run as a Met, a three-run shot against the Philadelphia Phillies however the Mets lost 5-4.

Following the season, he was traded to the Texas Rangers for minor leaguer Bill McNulty.

In 18 games Sudakis batted .143 with a home run and 7 RBIs.

While with the Mets Sudakis wore number 9.

Bill Sudakis also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1968-1971
Texas Rangers – 1973
New York Yankees – 1974
Cleveland Indians – 1975
California Angels -1975

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Warren Spahn – His New York Mets Career 1965

Warren SpahnWarren Spahn, the winningest left-handed pitcher in baseball history, was sold to the New York Mets by the Milwaukee Braves prior to the 1965 season.  Though his best days were clearly behind him the Mets were hoping to squeeze a few wins out of him while he mentored some of their young pitchers by serving as a player-coach.  In his Mets debut on April 14th against the Houston Astros, Spahn pitched eight strong innings but suffered a no decision in a game the Mets would lose 7-6 in extra innings.  He would win his next two starts and it appeared that Spahn still had some gas left in the tank.  But it suddenly became apparent that wasn’t the case, as he lost five of his next eight starts.  With his record at 4 and 12 and an ERA of 4.36 the Mets released Spahn on July 22nd.  He was picked up by the San Francisco Giants where he finished out the season.  He retired following the season.   

Spahn won 363 games during his career and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. He was the second player inducted into the Hall who had played for the Mets, the first was Yogi Berra.

While with the Mets Spahn wore number 21. 

Warren Spahn also played for the following teams:
Boston Braves – 1942,1946-1952
Milwaukee Braves – 1953-1964
San Francisco Giants – 1965

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Gary Kolb – His New York Mets Career 1965

Gary KolbThe Mets acquired Gary Kolb from the Milwaukee Braves on July 21, 1965 in exchange for Jesse Gonder.  He made his Met debut on the same day against the Pittsburgh Pirates as the leadoff hitter and starting centerfielder.  He went 0 for 4 as the Mets won 1-0.  Kolb would appear in 40 games for the Mets in 65 playing mostly in the outfield.  He batted .167 with a home run and 7 RBIs.  His one home run came on August 6th against the Chicago Cubs, a three-run shot that drove in all three runs in a 4-3 loss.

Following the season Kolb was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Dennis Ribant in exchange for Don Cardwell and Don Bosch.

While with the Mets Kolb wore number 18.

Gary Kolb also played for the following teams:
St. Louis Cardinals – 1960,1962,1963
Milwaukee Braves – 1964,1965
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1968,1969

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Brian Ostrosser – His New York Mets Career 1973

Brian OstrosserAfter spending three seasons in the Mets minor league system shortstop Brian Ostrosser made his Major League debut on August 5, 1973. He entered the game in the 6th inning and struck out in his two plate appearances. He played in four games for the Mets and went 0-5 at the plate before being sent back down to the minors.

He started the 1974 season in the minors before being traded to the Cleveland Indians on June 21

While with the Mets Ostrosser wore number 19.

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Michael Tucker – His New York Mets Career 2006

Michael TuckerThe Mets signed Michael Tucker, a ten year journeyman outfielder, prior to the 2006 season.  He spent the majority of the season playing for the Norfolk Tides, the Mets triple A minor league affiliate where he hit .265 with 6 home runs and 33 RBIs.  The Mets promoted him in the beginning of August and he made his Met debut on August 10 as their starting leftfielder against the San Diego Padres. He finished the season serving as a pinch hitter and fourth outfielder.   In 35 games, he hit .196 with a home run and 16 RBIs. His one home run came on August 13 against the Washington Nationals and gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in a game they would win 3-1.

The Mets kept Tucker on their postseason roster where he served exclusively as a pinch hitter.  He went 0-1 in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2 for 5 against the St Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

He signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent following the season, but never made it back to the Majors.  His tenure with the Mets was his last in the Major Leagues.

While with the Mets Tucker wore number 22.

Michael Tucker also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1995,1996, 2002,2003
Atlanta Braves – 1997,1998
Cincinnati Reds – 1999-2001
Chicago Cubs – 2001
San Francisco Giants – 2004,2005
Philadelphia Phillies – 2005

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Casey Fossum – His New York Mets Career 2009

Casey_FossumThe Mets signed left-handed pitcher Casey Fossum prior to the 2009 season.  He started the season in the minors before getting the call to New York at the end of April.  Fossum made his Met debut on April 21 and pitched a 1/3 of an inning of relief in the Mets 6-4 loss to the Cardinals.  He made two more relief appearances before being released on April 30.  In his three appearances Fossum threw four innings and posted a 2.25 ERA

Fossum returned to the Mets organization in 2011 but pitched the entire season in the minors.

While with the Mets Fossum wore number 47.

Casey Fossum also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 2001-2003
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2004
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2005-2007
Detroit Tigers – 2008

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Rick Cerone – His New York Mets Career 1991

Rick CeroneSigned as a free agent prior to the 1991 season journeyman catcher and New Jersey native Rick Cerone started his Mets career with a bang by hitting a home run in his first at bat.  His home run in the bottom of the 9th inning on April 9 against the Philadelphia Phillies tied the score at 1 in a game the Mets would win in extra innings. He would go on to hit .273 with 2 home runs and 16 RBIs for the season, appearing in 90 games.  He started 81 games at catcher, the most on the team for the season.

1991 would be Cerone’s only season with the Mets as he signed with the Montreal Expos as free agent following the season.   

While with the Mets Cerone wore number 13

Rick Cerone also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1975,1976
Toronto Blue Jays – 1977-1979
New York Yankees – 1980-1984, 1987,1990
Atlanta Braves – 1985
Milwaukee Brewers – 1986
Boston Red Sox – 1988,1989
Montreal Expos – 1992

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Bob Rauch – His New York Mets Career 1972

Bob RauchRight-handed pitcher Bob Rauch made his Major League debut with the Mets on June 29,1972.  Facing the Philadelphia Phillies, he pitched one inning, allowed 2 hits, 2 walks and a run as the Mets lost 9-4.  He would go on to pitch in 19 games, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 0-1 record with 1 save and 5.00 ERA.  His only save came on September 10 against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He entered the game in the 9th inning with the bases loaded and 1 out and retired the final two batters to secure the 3-2 victory.

Following the season, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with Brent Strom for Phil Hennigan.

While with the Mets Rauch wore number 44.

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