Dean Chance – His New York Mets Career 1970

Dean ChanceThe Mets purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Dean Chance from the Cleveland Indians on September 18, 1970. Chance was a former all-star and Cy Young Award winner. He made his Mets debut on September 20 and allowed 2 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Two days later he pitched a scoreless 9th inning to record the save against the Philadelphia Phillies but he would be the losing pitcher in his final appearance of the season.

1970 would be his only season with the Mets as he was traded along with Bill Denehy to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Jerry Robertson on March 30, 1971.

In his three appearances for the Mets Chance was 0-1 with 1 save and 13.50 ERA in 2 innings.

While with the Mets Chance wore number 27.

Dean Chance also played for the following teams:
California Angels – 1961-1966
Minnesota Twins – 1967-1969
Cleveland Indians – 1970
Detroit Tigers – 1971




LeRoy Stanton – His New York Mets Career 1970,1971

LeRoy StantonAfter spending three seasons in the Mets minor league system outfielder LeRoy Stanton finally made his Major League debut on September 10, 1970 as a pinch hitter for pitcher Danny Frisella.  For the record he flew out to centerfield.  He appeared in three more games for the Mets, two as a pinch hitter and one as a starter.  In his only start of the season on September 28th against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium, he led off the game with a triple for his first Major League hit, but he was injured on the play and immediately left the game.  He finished the season with a .250 average (1 for 4).

He returned to the minors in 1971 but was once again brought up to the show in September.  This time he appeared in 5 games and batted .190 (4 for 21) with 2 RBIs.  His most productive game occurred on September 23rd against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  He went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs in the Mets 5-4 victory.

Following the season Stanton was involved in one of the most infamous trades in franchise history.  He along with Francisco Estrada, Don Rose and future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan were traded to the California Angels in exchange for Jim Fregosi.

In 9 games for the Mets over two seasons Stanton batted .200 (5 for 25) with 2 RBIs.

While with the Mets Stanton wore number 44 in 1970 and 23 in 1971.

LeRoy Stanton also played for the following teams:
California Angels – 1972-1976
Seattle Mariners – 1977,1978

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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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Ron Herbel – His New York Mets Career 1970

Ron HerbelTo sure up their bullpen for the final month of the season the Mets acquired right-handed reliever Ron Herbel from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Rod Gaspar on September 1, 1970. Herbel made his Mets debut on the same day and was the winning pitcher in their 4-3 extra inning victory against the St Louis Cardinals. He would appear in 12 games down the stretch and finished the season with a 2-2 record and 1 save while posting a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings.

1970 would be Herbel’s only season with the Mets as he was traded to the Atlanta Braves on December 1 in exchange for Bob Aspromonte.

While with the Mets Herbel wore number 31.

Ron Herbel also played for the following teams:
San Francisco Giants – 1963-1969
San Diego Padres – 1970
Atlanta Braves – 1971

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Tommie Agee – His New York Mets Career 1968-1972

Tommie ageeOn December 15, 1967 the New York Mets acquired Tommie Agee along with Al Weis from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Jack Fisher, Tommy Davis, Billy Wynne and Buddy Booker.

Tommie Agee who had three cups of coffee with the Cleveland Indians from 1962 to 1964 was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1966 as a member of the White Sox.  But his production fell off the next season and the White Sox decided they had seen enough and shipped him to the Mets.  Though he struggled in his first season in New York (.217 average, 5 HRs and 17 RBIs), he turned out to a god send in helping the Mets win the 1969 World Series. 

In 1969 Tommie Agee got off to a strong start hitting two home runs during the third game of the season against the Montreal Expos, one of which was hit to section 48 of the upper deck in Shea Stadium.  He became the first and only player to hit a home run into the upper deck. Agee would go on to hit .271 while leading the Mets in home runs (26), RBI’s (76) and runs scored (97). 

Even though Agee had a brilliant regular season in 1969, it was his brilliant postseason performance which cemented his legacy in Mets history.  After hitting .357 with two home runs and four RBI’s in the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, Agee continued his superb play in the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

After the Mets split the first two games in Baltimore they returned home looking to win their first World Series title.  Tommie Agee led off game three of the series with a home run off of Baltimore ace and future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.  A lead they would not relinquish due in large part to the defensive heroics of Agee in centerfield.  Agee made two spectacular catches in centerfield saving at least five runs from scoring.  The Mets would win the game by a score of 5-0 and never looked back as they shocked the world and won their first World Series title.

Agee continued his stellar play in 1970 hitting a career best .286 while once again leading the Mets with 24 home runs and 75 RBIs.  In 1970 Agee also became the first player in franchise history to win a gold glove. 

In 1970 Agee also set the following franchise records, which have all since been broken:

Most At-bats – 636
Most Runs – 107
Most Hits –  182
Most Stolen Bases – 31
Most Total Bases – 298 

Though Agee still led the Mets in 1971 with 14 home runs, sharing the honor with Ed Kranepool and Cleon Jones, knee injuries affected his production in 1971 and 1972 prompting the Mets to trade him to the Houston Astros following the 1972 season.  for Rich Chiles and Buddy Harris.

He would go on to play for the Astros and Cardinals in 1973 but was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 1974 season ending his playing career. 

In five seasons with the Mets Tommie Agee hit .262 with 82 home runs and 265 RBI’s in 661 games.  He also played 8 postseason games hitting .250 with 3 home runs and 5 runs batted in. 

Tommie Agee was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2002 but unfortunately was not able to enjoy the moment as he passed away in January 2001.

While with the Mets Agee wore number 20.

Tommie Agee also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1962-1964
Chicago White Sox – 1965-1967
St, Louis Cardinals – 1973
Houston Astros – 1973

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Ken Singleton – His New York Mets Career 1970,1971

ken-singletonA native New Yorker, Ken Singleton was drafted by the Mets with the third overall pick in the 1967 free agent draft.   After working his way through the Mets minor league system Singleton made his Major League debut on June 24, 1970, he went 0-4 as the Mets starting leftfielder in their 6-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.. On June 26 against the Montreal Expos he recorded his first hit as a Met, a 5th inning single, and his first home run. He finished out the season as a regular member of the Mets outfield and hit .263 with 5 home runs and 26 RBIs. 

Singleton spent the entire 1971 season with the Mets as their regular right fielder.  His average dipped to .245 but he still managed to hit 13 home runs with 46 RBIs.  On the final day of the season Singleton hit 2 home runs against the St Louis Cardinals.  It turned out to be his last appearance in a Mets uniform.  Following the season the Mets traded Singleton to the Montreal Expos along with Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen in exchange for Rusty Staub.

In 1 ½ seasons with the Mets Ken Singleton appeared in 184 games hit .252 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs.   

While with the Mets Singleton wore number 29.

Ken Singleton also played for the following teams:
Montreal Expos – 1972-1974
Baltimore Orioles – 1975-1984

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