Mike Nickeas – His New York Mets Career 2010,2011,2012

Mike NickeasThe New York Mets acquired catcher Mike Nickeas from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Victor Diaz on August 30, 2006.  After spending five seasons in the minors Nickeas finally made his Major League debut on September 4, 2010 against the Chicago Cubs.  As the starting catcher he went 0-2 at the plate.  He would appear in five games for the Mets down the stretch at batted .200 (2 for 10).  Both of his hits came in the same game on September 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Nickeas started the 2011 season with the Mets, appearing in 8 games before being demoted to the minors at the end of April.  At the time he was hitting .250 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs. His first home run came on April 21st in 9-1 win over the Houston Astros.  Nickeas returned to the Mets at the end of the season.  He appeared in another 13 games and finished with a .189 average (10 for 53).

He spent the majority of the 2012 season with the Mets appearing in 47 games and batted .174 with 1 home run and 13 RBIs.  His 1 home run was a grand slam in the Mets 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres on May 26.

Following the season Nickeas was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with R.A Dickey and Josh Thole in exchange for John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndegaard and Wullmer Becerra.

In 73 total games over 3 seasons with the Mets Nickeas hit .180 with 2 home runs and 19 RBIs.

While with the Mets Nickeas wore number 13 in 2010 and 2011 and number 4 in 2012.

Mike Nickeas also played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.

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Jerry Morales – His New York Mets Career 1980

Jerry MoralesJerry Morales was originally signed by the Mets as an amateur free agent in 1966.  After spending 3 seasons in their minor league system he was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1969 expansion draft.  Morales returned to the Mets on October 31, 1979 when he was acquired along with Phil Mankowski from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Richie Hebner

Morales singled in his first at-bat with the Mets on Opening Day 1980 against the Chicago Cubs.  He got off to a fast start with the Mets, hitting safely in his first 6 games while driving in 6 runs.  For the season Morales appeared in 94 games hitting .254 with 3 home runs and 30 RBIs. 

Some highlights of Morales’ season included driving in the winning run in the 10th inning on May 14 against the Cincinnati Reds.  On July 23rd against the Houston Astros he drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning.  He hit a home run in the Mets 4-3 win over the Montreal Expos on August 7th.  Three days later he hit another home run in the Mets 7-1 win also against the Montreal Expos.

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

While with the Mets Morales wore number 17.

Jerry Morales also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1969-1973
Chicago Cubs – 1974-1977,1981-1983
St. Louis Cardinals – 1978
Detroit Tigers – 1979

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Blaine Boyer – His New York Mets Career 2011

Blaine BoyerThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer as a free agent on January 11, 2011.  He made his Met debut on Opening Day 2011 against the Florida Marlins, he pitched 2/3 innings and allowed 1 hit in the Mets 6-2 loss.  The next day he earned the save when he pitched the 10th inning in the Mets 6-4 win.  Boyer appeared in 3 more games and was the losing pitcher in 2 of them before being released on April 13th.  At the time of his release he had an 0-2 record with a 10.80 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.

While with the Mets Boyer wore number 23.

Blaine Boyer also played for the following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 2005-2009
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2009,2010
St. Louis Cardinals – 2009
San Diego Padres – 2014
Minnesota Twins – 2015
Milwaukee Brewers – 2016
Boston Red Sox – 2017

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Rick Parker – His New York Mets Career 1994

The Mets signed Rick Parker as a free agent on December 16, 1993.  He started the 1994 season in the minors before being promoted to New York in May.  He made his Met debut on May 13 as the starting leftfielder against the Atlanta Braves.  He went 0 for 2 before being removed from the game for pinch hitter Fernando Vina.  He appeared in 7 more games before returning to the minors.  In his brief time with the Mets he batted .062 (1 for 16). His only hit came on May 26th against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a 6th inning single in the Mets 11-10 defeat. Parker finished the season in the minors where he batted .268 with 2 home runs and 16 RBIs.

Parker did return to the Mets organization in 1998 but spent the entire season in the minors.

While with the Mets Parker wore number 11.

Rick Parker also played for the following teams:
San Francisco Giants – 1990,1991
Houston Astros – 1993
Angeles Dodgers – 1995,1996

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Xavier Nady – His New York Mets Career 2006

Xavier NadyThe Mets acquired Nady from the San Diego Padres prior to the 2006 season in exchange for fellow outfielder Mike Cameron. At the time of the trade many questioned the logic behind it as Cameron was considered the better of the two. But on opening day 2006, the name Cameron was quickly forgotten by Met fans as Xavier Nady, thanks to a 4 for 4 performance, quickly became a fan favorite. He actually started the season 5 for 5 after getting a hit in his first at bat in game number two. After the first month of the season he was hitting .311 with six home runs. His numbers began to fall off in the month of June, thanks in part to missing two weeks with an appendectomy. But he continued to play a solid right field as the Mets ran away with the National League’s Eastern Division.

But with Nady hitting .264 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs Mets General Manager Omar Minaya traded Nady to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trading deadline. The deal came about all because Duaner Sanchez, one of the Mets top relievers, was lost for the season when he was injured in a car accident. Minaya thinking he needed to replace Sanchez’s arm in the bullpen panicked and traded Nady for pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez. Even though the Mets won their division and returned to the playoffs for first time since 2006, they missed Nady’s right handed bat in their lineup and were eventually upset by the St Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

While with the Mets Nady wore number 22.

Xavier Nady also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 2000, 2003-2005, 2014
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2006-2008
New York Yankees – 2008,2009
Chicago Cubs – 2010
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2011
San Francisco Giants – 2012
Washington Nationals – 2012
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Armando Reynoso – His New York Mets Career 1997,1998

Armando ReynosoThe Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Armando Reynoso from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jerry Dipoto on November 27, 1996. He made his Met debut on April 15, 1997 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As the starting pitcher, he threw 5 scoreless innings and allowed 6 hits to earn the victory. He started out the season 5-0 and would go on to start 16 games for the Mets before injuries shut down his season in the middle of July. At the time, he was 6-3 with a 4.53. His best outing came on June 5 against the Florida Marlins when he pitched a complete game shutout.

Reynoso started the 1998 season the disabled list and did not make his season debut until July 24 against the Chicago Cubs. He pitched 8 shutout innings to earn the win. He won his first 5 decisions and would go on to post a 7-3 record with a 3.82 ERA.
Following the season Reynoso was granted free agency and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In his 2 seasons with the Mets he compiled a 13-6 record with a 4.23 ERA.

While with the Mets Reynoso wore number 40.

Armando Reynoso also played for the following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 1991,1992
Colorado Rockies – 1993-1996
Arizona Diamondbacks – 1999-2002

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Pete Walker – His New York Mets Career 1995,2001,2002

Pete WalkerAfter spending 5 seasons in the Mets minor league system right-handed pitcher Pete Walker made his Major League debut with the Mets on June 7, 1995 against the San Francisco Giants.  Walker pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and allowed 1 earned run 2 hits as the Mets lost 9-8.  He would go on to pitch in 13 games for New York, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-0 record with 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings.  His won win came on the last day of the season when he pitched a scoreless 11th inning in the Mets 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. 

Following the season Walker was traded to the San Diego Padres. He returned to the Mets as a free agent on December 28, 2000.  He spent the 2001 season in the minors before getting called up to New York in September.  He appeared 2 games and posted a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.  Walker appeared in 1 game for the Mets in 2002 before being picked up off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.  In his one appearance, he allowed he allowed 1 run in 1 inning of relief in the Mets 7-5 loss to the Montreal Expos on April 20.

In 16 total appearances for the Mets in part of 3 seasons Walker posted a 1-0 record with a 4.26 ERA.

While with the Mets Walker wore number 49 in 1995 and number 43 in 2001 and 2002.

Pete Walker also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1996
Colorado Rockies – 2000
Toronto Blue Jays – 2002,2003,2005,2006

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Eddie Kunz – His New York Mets Career 2008

Eddie KunzThe New York Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Eddie Kunz in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut a year later on August 3, 2008 against the Houston Astros, he pitched the 7th inning in the Mets 4-0 loss allowing 1 hit.  He would go onto appear in three more games, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 0-0 record with a 13.50 ERA in 2 2/3 innings before being shipped back down to the minors.

Kunz spent the next 2 seasons pitching in the Mets minor league system before the Mets decided to cut ties with him and traded him to the San Diego Padres for minor leaguer Allan Dykstra.

While with the Mets Kunz wore number 44.

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Jeremy Reed – His New York Mets Career 2009

Jeremy ReedJeremy Reed was acquired from the Seattle Mariners as part of a three team multi player trade on December 11, 2008.  He made his Met debut on as late inning defensive replacement on Opening Day 2009 playing leftfield.  He served primarily as a fourth outfielder and occasional first baseman, appearing in 126 games.  He hit .242 for the season with 9 RBIs.   His bet day with the Met occurred on June 2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he went 3 for 3 in a game the Mets would lose 3-1.

He was granted free agency following the season and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

While with the Mets Reed wore number 18.

Jeremy Reed also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 2004-2008
Toronto Blue Jays – 2010
Milwaukee Brewers – 2011

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Rich Folkers – His New York Mets Career 1970

Rich FolkersLeft-handed pitcher Rich Folkers, a former first round draft pick in 1967, made his Major League debut with the Mets on June 10, 1970 against the Houston Astros.  He pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief and allowed one hit, in a game the Mets would lose 5-3.  He would go on to appear in 16 games, all but one out of the bullpen, and posted a 0-2 record with 2 saves and a 6.44 ERA.  His first save came on July 3 against the Philadelphia Phillies. 

His only start occurred on July 20 against the San Francisco Giants.  He pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up 6 earned runs and suffered the loss in a game the Mets lost 7-4.

Folkers spent the entire 1971 season pitching for the Tidewater Tides, the Mets triple A affiliate, and posted a 7-11 record with 4.50 ERA.  He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on October 18, 1971 along with Art Shamsky, Jim Bibby and Charlie Hudson in exchange for Jim Beauchamp, Harry Parker, Chuck Taylor and Tom Coulter.

While with the Mets Folkers wore number 38.

Rich Folkers also played for the following teams:
St. Louis Cardinals – 1972-1974
San Diego Padres – 1975,1976
Milwaukee Brewers – 1977

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