Gerald Williams – His New York Mets Career 2004,2005

Gerald WilliamsGerald Williams, a 12-year veteran outfielder, was signed by the Mets as a free agent on April 23, 2004.  He immediately reported to the AAA Norfolk Tides where he hit .305 with 7 home runs.  He was called up to New York in June and made his Met debut on June 9 in an interleague game against the Minnesota Twins. As the starting leftfielder, he homered off Johan Santana the eventual AL Cy Young Award winner but the Mets lost 5-3.    He would appear in 57 games for the Mets 2004 and hit .233 with 4 home runs and 11 RBIs.  His most productive game came on August 19th against the Colorado Rockies when had 3 hits including a two-run home run as the Mets won 10-3.

Williams started the 2005 season in the minors before being called up in June.  As a fourth outfielder and pinch hitter he appeared in 39 games.  He hit .233 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs.  His only home run came on August 13 in the Mets 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2005 would not only be Williams last with the Mets it was his last in the Majors.  In 96 games with the Mets he hit .233 with 5 home runs and 14 RBIs.

While with the Mets Williams wore number 6 in 2004 and 21 in 2005.

Gerald Williams also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 1992-1996,2001,2002
Milwaukee Brewers – 1996,1997
Atlanta Braves – 1998,1999
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2000,2001
Florida Marlins – 2003

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Mike Kinkade – His New York Mets Career 1998-2000

mike kinkadeThe Mets acquired utilityman Mike Kinkade from the Milwaukee Brewers on July 31, 1998 in exchange for pitcher Bill Pulsipher.  He initially reported to the minors before getting called up to Mets as a September callup.  He made his Major League debut on September 8th as a late inning replacement in the Mets 16-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.  He went 0 for 2 at the plate.  He made two more appearances both as a pinch runner.

Kinkade made the Mets Opening Day Roster in 1999.  He served primarily as a pinch hitter and fourth outfielder.  He recorded his first Major League hit on April 12th, a pinch-hit double that drove in two runs in the Mets 8-1 win over the Florida Marlins.  He hit his first career home run on April 29th against the San Diego Padres, a solo shot in the Mets 8-5 win.  However, with his average at just .196 Kinkade was demoted to the minors in May. He spent the remainder of the season with the Triple A Norfolk Tides where he hit .308.  He did appear in one game for the Mets in September.

In 2000 Kinkade appeared in two games for the Mets in July, he went 0 for 2. On July 28th, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles along with Melvin Mora in exchange for Mike Bordick.

Over three seasons with the Mets Kinkade appeared in 33 games and hit .180 with 2 home runs with 6 RBIs.

While with the Mets Kinkade wore number 33.

Mike Kinkade also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 2000,2001
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2002,2003

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Garrett Olson – His New York Mets Career 2012

TGarrett olsonhe Mets career of left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson was very brief and very ugly.  After signing as a minor league free agent prior to the 2012 season, Olson began the season pitching for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.  When Tim Byrdak went down with an injury for the Mets, Olson was promoted to the big club and made his Met debut on August 8th against the Miami Marlins.  He pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up 3 earned runs in a game the Mets would lose 13-0.   It would be his only appearance in a Met uniform as three days later he was designated for assignment ending his Mets career.

While with the Mets Olson wore number 38.

Garrett Olson also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 2007,2008
Seattle Mariners – 2009,2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2011

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Joe Crawford – His New York Mets Career 1997

Joe CrawfordAfter spending six seasons in the Mets minor league system, left-handed pitcher Joe Crawford finally made his Major League debut with the Mets on April 7, 1997.  He pitched the 15th inning and allowed the winning run in the Mets -3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  After one more relief appearance he was sent back to the minors.          

Crawford retuned in June and became a regular out of the bullpen, He earned his first career win against the Cincinnati Reds on July 18 when he pitched 4 1/3 innings of middle relief.  On August 21, he made his first career start against the Dodgers, he pitched 6 innings and allowed just 1 run to earn the victory. Overall for the season Crawford would appear in 19 games, 2 as a starter, posting a 4-3 record with a 3.30 ERA.

Following the season, the Mets released Crawford.

While with the Mets Crawford wore number 49.

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Alvaro Espinoza – His New York Mets Career 1996

Alvaro EspinozaThe Mets acquired utility infielder Alvaro Espinoza from the Cleveland Indians along with Carlos Baerga in exchange for Jeff Kent and Jose Vizcaino on July 29, 1996.  He made his Met debut the next day in the first game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates as a late inning defensive replacement. In the second game, he pinch hit for Rey Ordonez in the top of the 9th and singled home the tying run.  The Mets would win the game in 12 innings. He hit his first home run as a Met on August 5th against the Cubs and would go on to hit safely in 21 of 27 games for the month for a .289 average, Espinoza would go on to appear in 48 games for the season playing mostly 3rd base.  He hit .306 with 4 home runs and 16 RBIs. 

Espinoza reported to Spring Training in 1997 but was released just before the season.

While with the Mets Espinoza wore number 12.

Alvaro Espinoza also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1984-1986
New York Yankees – 1988-1991
Cleveland Indians – 1993-1996
Seattle Mariners – 1997

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Taylor Teagarden – His New York Mets Career 2014

Taylor TeagardenThe Mets signed catcher Taylor Teagarden as minor league free agent in January 6, 2014.   He was brought up to New York and made his Met debut June 10.  As the starting catcher against the Milwaukee Brewers he hit a grand slam as the Mets won 6-2.    It would be the highlight of his brief tenure in New York.  He appeared in 9 games and batted .143 with 1 home run and 5 RBIs before being sent back to the minors where he finished out the season.

Following he season he signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent.

While with the Mets Teagarden wore number 23.

Taylor Teagarden also played for the following teams:
Texas Rangers – 2008-2011
Baltimore Orioles – 2012,2013
Chicago Cubs – 2015

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Ray Daviault – His New York Mets Career 1962

Ray DavialutRight-handed pitcher Ray Daviault was drafted from the San Francisco Giants during the 1961 expansion draft.  He made his Major League debut with the Mets on April 13, 1962 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He pitched 2 innings and allowed 1 run in the Mets 4-3 loss.  He would appear in 36 games for the Mets in their inaugural season, 3 as a starter, and posted a 1 -5 record with a 6.22 ERA.    His only win came on July 7th against the St. Louis Cardinals when he pitched the final two innings.  Though he gave up the tying run in the 9th inning the Mets batters bailed him out and won on a walk off hit by Marv Throneberry. 

1962 would be his only season in the majors though he did remain in the Mets organization.  He pitched the entire 1963 season with the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets top farm club before being forced to retire due to arm injuries.  In 50 games for the Bisons he went 5-6 with a 3.62 ERA.

As a bit of trivia Daviault was the first Canadian born played to play with the Mets. 

While with the Mets Daviault wore number 35.

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Manny Acosta – His New York Mets Career 2010-2012

Manny AcostaThe Mets claimed right-handed pitcher Manny Acosta off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on March 30, 2010.  After starting the season in the minors Acosta made his Met debut on April 21 against the Chicago Cubs.  He allowed 3 runs over 1 1/3 innings in the Mets 9-3 loss.  He earned his win as a Met three days later when he pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Atlanta Braves.  He would go on to appear in 41 games for the Mets in 2010 posting a 3-2 record with 1 save and a 2.95 ERA.  His only save came on August 18th against the Houston Astros when he pitched a scoreless 14th inning to protect the Mets 3-2.

Acosta started the 2011 season in the minors before joining the Mets in June   He would appear in 44 games posting a 4-1 record with 4 saves and 3.45 ERA.  Following the trade of Francisco Rodriguez, he was often used as the team’s closer. 

He returned in 2012 but suffered through his worst season as a Met.  He went 1-3 in 45 games with one save and posted an astronomical ERA of 6.46. 

Following the season, he was granted free agency and opted to take his right arm to Japan.  In 130 relief appearances for the Mets over 3 season he recorded a 8-6 record with 6 saves and 4.37 ERA.

While with the Mets Acosta wore 36 in 2010 and number 46 in 2011 and 2012.

Manny Acosta also played for the Atlanta Braves from 2007-2009.

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Junior Noboa – His New York Mets Career 1992

Junior NoboaThe Mets claimed infielder Junior Noboa off waivers from the Montreal Expos on October 8, 1991.  He made his Met debut on Opening Day 1992 as a late inning defensive replacement and struck out in his only plate appearance.  He would go on to appear 46 games for the Mets, mainly as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement, playing 2nd, 3rd and shortstop, before being demoted to the minors at the end of July.  At the time of his demotion he as hitting just .149 with 3 RBIs. 

1992 would be Noboa’s only season with the Mets, as he signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent following the season.

While with the Mets Noboa wore number 3.

Junior Noboa also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1984,1987
California Angels – 1988
Montreal Expos – 1989-1991
Oakland A’s = 1994
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1994

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Eric O’Flaherty – His New York Mets Career 2015

Eric OflahertyLooking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run in 2015 the Mets acquired left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty from the Oakland A’s on August 4.  He made his Met debut the next day against the Miami Marlins, pitching 2/3 innings and allowing 4 runs as they held off a late rally to win 8-6.   It was a sign of things to come for O’Flaherty, he appeared in 16 games and posted a 13.50 ERA in 8 2/3 innings. 

The Mets won the Eastern Division and advanced to the postseason but O’Flaherty was left off the playoff roster.  Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

While with the Mets O’Flaherty wore number 44.

Eric O’Flaherty also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariner – 2006-2008
Atlanta Braves – 2009-2013, 2016,2017
Oakland A’s – 2014,2015

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