Frank Francisco – His New York Mets Career 2012-2013

Frank FranciscoThe Mets signed right-handed reliever Frank Francisco as a free agent on December 6, 2011. During Spring Training, he was named the Mets closer for the 2012 season and earned a save in each of the Mets first three games of the year.  By the end of June, he had 18 saves with a 1-3 record despite a 4.97 ERA.  After earning the save against the New York Yankees on June 22 Francisco was placed on the disabled list with an oblique muscle pull.  He returned in August and finished out the season posting a 1-3 record with 23 saves and 5.53 ERA in 48 games.

Francisco had surgery in the offseason to remove bone spurs which sidelined him for most of the 2013 season.  He finally made his 2013 debut on September 8 and earned the win against the Cleveland Indians. He appeared in 8 games for the season posting a 1-0 record with 1 save and a 4.26 ERA.  His only save came in his last appearance of the season on September 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.  It turned out to be his last appearance in a Mets uniform as he was granted free agency following the season and signed with the Chicago White Sox.

In 56 games for the Mets over 2 seasons he posted a 2-3 record with 24 saves and a 5.36 ERA.

While with the Mets Francisco wore number 48.

Frank Francisco also played for the following teams:
Texas Rangers – 2004, 2006-2010
Toronto Blue Jays – 2011
Chicago White Sox – 2014

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Angel Pagan – His New York Mets Career 2008-2011

MetsThe Mets originally drafted outfielder Angel Pagan in the 4th round of the 1999 amateur draft.  But after spending five years in the minors the Mets sold him to the Chicago Cubs on January 25, 2006.  After spending two seasons with the Cubs Pagan was traded back to the Mets on January 5, 2008 in exchange for minor leaguers Corey Coles and Ryan Meyers.

Pagan finally made his Mets debut on March 31, 2008 as their Opening Day leftfielder.  He went 1 for 3 with a double an RBI in the Mets 7-2 win over the Florida Marlins.  Pagan got off to a fast start by hitting safely in 11 of his first 2 games for a .381 average.  On April 10 against the Philadelphia Phillies he went 3 for 5 including the game winning hit in the 12rh inning.  However, his season was cut short on May 13 when he was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder contusion.  The injury occurred on May 7 when he fell into the stands following a spectacular catch in foul territory.  At the time of his injury he was hitting .275 with 13 RBIs.

Pagan started the 2009 started the season on the disabled list joining the club on May 16.  In his first start of the season on May 18 he went 4 for 6 but it was not enough as the Mets lost 3-2 to the Dodgers.  He continued his hot hitting over the next two weeks, hitting .333 before a groin injury sidelined him for six weeks.  He returned to the Mets on July 10 and spent the rest of the season as their everyday leftfielder.  Om August 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks he hit an 8th inning grand slam, his first home run as a Met, to propel the Mets to a 8-6 victory.  On August 5, he went 3 for 4 and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the Mets 9-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  He also hit 2 home runs in the Mets 9-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on August 23. For the season he hit .306 with 6 home runs and 32 RBIs.  He also led the team in triples with 11. 

Pagan stayed healthy for the 2010 season and had his most productive season with the Mets.  He hit .290 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs.  He led the team in hits (168), stolen bases (37) and batting average, His best game occurred on June 22 against the Detroit Tigers, he went 4 for 6 with 5 RBIs falling a home run short of a cycle in the Mets 14-6 victory.  In a three-game stretch against the Pittsburgh Prates from September 14-16, he had 8 hits and 7 RBIs. 

Pagan got off to a slow start in 2011 hitting just .159 over the first three weeks of the season before a rib injury sidelined him for a month.  When he returned on May 27 he hit safely in his first 8 games. By the end of June, he had raised his average over 100 points.  On July 20 he hit a game winning walk-off home run against the St. Louis Cardinals. Pagan finished the season with a .262 average and 7 home runs and 56 RBIs.

Following the season, the Mets traded Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez.

In 393 games for the Mets Pagan hit .284 with 24 home runs and 170 RBIs.

While with the Mets Pagan wore number 16.

Angel Pagan also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 2006,2007
San Francisco Giants – 2012-2016

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Wayne Graham – His New York Mets Career 1964

Wayne GrahamThe Mets acquired 3ed baseman Wayne Graham from the Philadelphia Phillies along with Gary Kroll in exchange for Frank Thomas on August 7, 1964.  He made his Met debut on the same day against his former team; as a pinch hitter for pitcher Darrell Sutherland and reached on a fielder’s choice in his only at bat as the Mets lost 9-4.  He recorded his first hit as a Met on August 12 an 8th inning double in the Mets 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Graham went on to appear in 20 games for the Mets and batted .091 (3 for 33).

Graham spent the entire 1965 season playing for the Mets top minor league club, the Buffalo Bisons, where he batted .243 with 3 home runs and 52 RBIs.

On February 22, 1966 the Mets traded Graham back to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Bobby Klaus and Jimmie Schaffer in exchange for Dick Stuart.

While with the Mets Graham wore number 4.

Wayne Graham also played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1963.

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Matt Ginter – His New York Mets Career 2004

Matt GinterThe Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Ginter from the Chicago White Sox on March 27, 2004 in exchange for Timo Perez.  After starting the 2004 season in the minors Ginter made his Mets debut on May 16 against the Houston Astros.  As the starting pitcher he faced off against Roger Clemens and allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, over 5 2/3 innings and earned a no-decision in the Mets 3-2 13 inning victory.  In his next start on May 21 against the Colorado Rockies, he earned his first win as a Met despite giving up 5 runs over 5 innings. 

Ginter would appear in 15 games for the Mets, all but one as a starter, and posted a 1-3 record with a 4.54 ERA. 

2004 would be Ginter’s only season with the Mets as he was traded to the Detroit Tigers on April 2, 2005 in exchange for minor leaguer Steve Colyer.

While with the Mets Ginter wore number 13

Matt Ginter also played for the following teams:
Chicago White Sox – 2000-2003
Detroit Tigers – 2005
Cleveland Indians – 2008

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Jose Parra – His New York Mets Career 2004

The Mets signed right-handed reliever Jose Parra as a free agent on January 20, 2004.  After starting the season in the minors Parra made his Met debut on June 19, 2004 against the Detroit Tigers.  He pitched a 1/3 of an inning and allowed 2 hits in the Mets 4-3 victory.  Over the next month he would pitch in 13 games posting a 1-0 record with a 3.21 ERA over 14 innings.  His only victory came on July 15 against the Philadelphia Phillies when he pitched a scoreless 11th inning in the Mets 3-2 victory, He was placed on the disabled list on July 21 with a strained right hip flexor ending his season.

Following the season, he was released by the Mets.

While with the Mets Parra wore number 46.

Jose Parra also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1995,1996
Los Angeles Dodgers = 1995
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2000
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2002

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Gustavo Molina – His New York Mets Career 2008

Gustavo MolinaThe Mets signed catcher Gustavo Molina to a minor league contract on December 4, 2007.  He spent the 2008 season playing for the Mets top minor league club the New Orleans Zephyrs where he hit .206 in 74 games.  However, he did manage to appear in two games for the Mets in 2008.  On April 26 he was the starting catcher against the Atlanta Braves.  He singled in his first at bat and went 1 for 3 with a walk as the Mets lost 4-3.   On April 30 he was once again the starting catcher, this time he went 0 for 4 as the Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-1.

Following the season Molina signed as a free agent with the Washington Nationals.

While with the Mets Molina wore number 6 and number 29.

Gustavo Molina also played for the following teams:
Chicago White Sox – 2007
Baltimore Orioles – 2007
Boston Red Sox – 2010
New York Yankees – 2011

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Tim Spehr – His New York Mets Career 1998

Tim SpehrThe Mets signed veteran catcher Tim Spehr to replace injured catcher Todd Hundley as a free agent on January 8, 1998.  He made his Met debut as their Opening Day catcher in 1998 and singled in his first two at-bats as the Mets won 1-0 over the Philadelphia Phillies in 14 innings.  He went onto play in 21 games for the Mets before a fractured wrist placed him on the disabled list.  At the time he was hitting just .137 with 3 RBIs.  When he was healthy enough to play there was no longer a place for him on the roster as the Mets had traded for All-star and Future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza to play catcher.  The Mets sold Spehr to the Kansas City Royals on August 31, 1998.

His most productive game as a Met occurred on April 19 when he drove in 2 runs in the Mets 14-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

While with the Mets Spehr wore number 33.

Tim Spahr also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1991,1997-1999
Montreal Expos = 1993
Atlanta Braves – 1997

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Ty Kelly – His New York Mets Career 2016,2017

Ty KellyTy Kelly was a career minor leaguer, having spent 8 years there, when the Mets signed him as a free agent on November 19, 2015.  He started the 2016 season playing for the Las Vegas 51s, the Mets triple A affiliate.  He was promoted to the Mets on May 23, 2016 to replace the injured Lucas Duda.  He made his Major League debut on May 24 as the Mets starting 3rd baseman and went 0 for 4 in the Mets 7-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.  Kelly recorded his first Major League hit on May 30, a 5th inning single in the Mets 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.  On June 8 he hit his first home run, a two-run shot that helped propel the Mets to a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Kelly returned to the minors at the end of June, at the time he was hitting just .148.  He returned to the Mets at the beginning of August and finished out the season in New York helping them win the top Wild Card spot in the National League.  His most productive game in his second stint came on August 18 against the San Francisco Giants.  As the starting leftfielder he went 2 for 3 with a triple and 2 RBIs, but it was not enough as the Mets lost 10-7.

Kelly appeared in 39 games for the Mets in 2016 and batted .241 with a home run and 7 RBIs.  The Mets included him on their postseason roster.  In the Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants, he pinch hit for pitcher Addison Reed and singled, it was one of only four hits the Mets recorded against Giants ace Madison Baumgarner who shutout the Mets 4-0 to end the Mets season.

Ty Kelly made the Mets Opening Day roster in 2017 and made his season debut in game number 2 striking out as a pinch hitter for pitcher Josh Edgin in the Mets loss to the Atlanta Braves.  It was his only appearance for the season as he was designated for assignment a few days latter and was picked up off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.  In 40 career games for the Mets Kelly batted .237.

While with the Mets Kelly wore number 55 in 2016 and 56 in 2017.

Ty Kelly also played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017.

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Matt Lawton – His New York Mets Career 2001

Matt LawtonThe Mets acquired outfielder Matt Lawton from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for pitcher Rick Reed on July 30, 2001.  He made his Met debut the next day as the starting right-fielder against the Houston Astros.  He singled in his first at-bat and went 1 for 4 in the game as the Mets lost 3-2.    The next day he went 2 for 4 and drove in his first run as a Met in their 8-2 victory over the Astros.  Lawton would go on to appear in 43 games for the Mets and batted .246 with 3 home runs and 13 RBIs.  His best game occurred on September 27 against the Montreal Expos, he went 3 for 5 with two doubles and one RBI in helping the Mets win 12-6.

Following the season Lawton was traded along with Alex Escobar, Jerrod Riggan, Billy Traber and Earl Snyder in exchange for Mike Bacsik and future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.

While with the Mets Lawton wore number 23.

Matt Lawton also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1995-2001
Cleveland Indians – 2002-2004
New York Yankees -2005
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2005
Chicago Cubs – 2005
Seattle Mariners – 2006

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Sammy Drake – His New York Mets Career 1962

Sammy DrakeInfielder Sammy Drake was drafted from the Chicago Cubs in the 1962 expansion draft.  He spent most of the 62 season on the minors playing for the Syracuse Chiefs before he was promoted to New York in August. He made his Mets debut on August 1st as a pinch hitter for pitcher Bob G. Miller against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He popped up to 3rd base as the Mets lost 11-9.  He recorded his first hit as a Met on August 7 against the Los Angeles Dodger, a pinch hit single that also drove in a run, unfortunately it wasn’t enough as the Mets lost 7-5.  He would go onto appear in 25 games for the Mets, hitting .192 with 7 RBIs.  His most productive day occurred in a doubleheader loss to the Houston Colt 45’s on September 18.  In the first game he went 1 for 4 with an RBI and in game 2 he went 2 for 5 with a 3 RBIs.

Following the season Drake returned to the minors where he spent the next 3 seasons before retiring.

While with the Mets Drake wore number 12.

Sammy Drake also played for the Chicago Cubs in 1960 and 1961.

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