On December 9,1977 the Mets acquired light hitting infielder Sergio Ferrer from the New York Yankees in exchange for fellow infielder Roy Staiger, it was the first ever trade between the two franchises.
Ferrer was a good glove no stick infielder with excellent speed. While with the Mets he was used mainly as a pinch runner and late inning defensive replacement. Which is exactly how he was used in his Met debut on April 26, 1978. In fact, he would appear in 6 games before he got an at bat with the Mets. After appearing in 16 games and hitting just .167, though in only 6 at bats, he was shipped down to Triple A Tidewater in the middle of May. He returned to New York on July 30th and finished out the season in the same capacity as his earlier stint. In 37 games and 33 plate appearances he hit .212 with 1 RBI. His 1 RBI came in a game on September 14 against the Montreal Expos when he tripled home Joel Youngblood to make the score 6-2 in game the Mets would win 7-6.
Sergio started the 1979 season in the minors playing for Tidewater before returning to New York on May 31st. Once again, he was used as pinch runner and defensive replacement. In fact, the running joke among Met fans was that Ferrer was only on the team to be Ed Kranepool’s designated runner. He appeared in 32 games for the Mets in 1979 but only got 7 at bats and failed to get a hit for the season.
1979 would be his last season in the majors, he started the 1980 season playing for Tidewater before moving on to the Cincinnati Reds organization. He retired from playing following the 1981 season.
In 69 games over two years for the Mets Ferrer hit .175 in 40 at bats with just 1 RBI.
While with the Mets Ferrer wore number 3 in 1978 and number 1 in 1979.
Sergio Ferrer also played for the Minnesota Twins in 1974 and 1975.
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