Brian Ostrosser – His New York Mets Career 1973

Brian OstrosserAfter spending three seasons in the Mets minor league system shortstop Brian Ostrosser made his Major League debut on August 5, 1973. He entered the game in the 6th inning and struck out in his two plate appearances. He played in four games for the Mets and went 0-5 at the plate before being sent back down to the minors.

He started the 1974 season in the minors before being traded to the Cleveland Indians on June 21

While with the Mets Ostrosser wore number 19.

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John Strohmayer – His New York Mets Career 1973,1974

John StrohmayeerThe Mets purchased the contract of right handed pitcher John Strohmayer from the Montreal Expos on July 16, 1973.  He made his Mets debut the same day pitching one inning of relief against the Atlanta Braves in an 8-6 loss.  He appeared in another six games for the Mets in 1973 but with no success.  In ten innings, he posted an 8.10 ERA.  Strohmayer spent the 1974 season pitching for the Tidewater Tides, their Triple A affiliate.  He posted a 2-4 record with the Tides in 39 games.  He returned to the Mets in September and pitched in just one game, pitching the final inning in a 12-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs. 

In eight games over two seasons for the Mets John Strohmayer pitched 11 innings and posted a 7.36 ERA.

While with the Mets Strohmayer wore number 39.

John Strohmayer also played for the Montreal Expos from 1970-1973.

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Lute Barnes – His New York Mets Career 1972,1973

Lute barnesThe New York Mets selected Lute Barnes in the 21st round of the amateur draft in 1969 out of Oregon State University. The middle infielder toiled in the Mets minor league system until finally getting the call to the big club in 1972. He made his Major League debut on August 6th against the Chicago Cubs, replacing Ken Boswell at 2nd base in the seventh inning. In his first at bat an inning later, he singled off Steve Hamilton to drive home Teddy Martinez to score the eleventh run in the Mets 12 to 2 victory. Barnes finished out the season with the Mets playing both 2nd base and shortstop hitting .236 in 72 at bats. On September 12th against the Philadelphia Phillies Barnes had his biggest day at the plate with two hits including a two-run triple.

Barnes returned to the minors in 1973 spending the entire season with the Mets AAA affiliate the Tidewater Tides before returning to the show as a September call up. He appeared in three games for the Mets in 1973 getting one hit in two at bats.

Barnes started the 1974 season with Tidewater before being released in the middle of the season. In 27 games with the Mets over two seasons Barnes hit .243 with seven RBI’s.

While with the Mets Barnes wore number 1.

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Phil Hennigan – His New York Mets Career 1973

Phil HenniganRight-handed pitcher Phil Hennigan was acquired from the Cleveland Indians on November 27, 1972 in exchange for Brent Strom and Bob Rauch. 

After back to back saves in his first two appearances with the Mets in 1973 Hennigan struggled the rest of the way.  In 30 appearances Hennigan posted an 0-4 record with 3 saves and a 6.23 ERA. After his appearance on July 7, in which he allowed 3 runs over 2 innings, Hennigan was sent down to the minors.  It would be his last appearance in the majors. He finished the season pitching for the Tidewater Tides.  After once again pitching for the Tides in 1974, Hennigan retired.

While with the Mets Hennigan wore number 34.

Phil Hennigan also played for the Cleveland Indians from 1969-1972.

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Greg Harts – His New York Mets Career 1973

Greg HartsOutfielder Greg Harts spent six seasons in the Mets organization but appeared in just three games at the big league level. He made his Major League debut as a pinch hitter for pitcher Buzz Capra on September 15, 1973; he singled to centerfield.  Harts made two more appearances for the Mets one as a pinch runner on September 17 and another as pinch hitter on September 20. 

Following the 1973 season Harts returned to the minors.  In 1975, he tried to convert to a pitcher but ended the experiment after posting an 0-2 record with a 5.90 ERA in 19 appearances, though he did manage to save four games

Harts retired from playing following the 1975 season.

While with the Mets Harts wore number 6.

Jerry May – His New York Mets Career 1973

Jerry MayA ten-year veteran catcher known more for his defense than his offense Jerry May was acquired by the Mets on May 14, 1973 when they purchased his contract from the Kansas City Royals.  He made his Met debut as their starting catcher on May 24 against the Los Angeles Dodgers; he went 2 for 3 at the plate.  He appeared in three more games for the Mets before being released on July 10.

In his brief four game career with the Mets May batted .250 (2 for 8).

While with the Mets May wore number 20.

Jerry May also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1964-1970
Kansas City Royals – 1971-1973

 

Tommy Moore – His New York Mets Career 1972,1973

Tommy MooreAfter spending 4 seasons in the minors right-handed pitcher Tommy Moore made his Major League debut with the Mets as a September call up in 1972.  In his first game on September 15 against the Chicago Cubs, he pitched 3 innings of relief and gave up 3 earned runs in the Mets 9-3 defeat.  He would pitch in 2 more games, one in relief and one as a starter.  In his only start on October 2nd against the Montreal Expos, he pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run but was credited with a no-decision in the Mets 2-1 victory.

Moore started the 1973 season in the minors before being recalled in May.  He made 2 relief appearances before getting the call to start on May 28 against the San Francisco Giants, but he lasted just a 1 1/3 innings and allowed 5 runs, 4 of which were earned.  It would be his last appearance as pitcher for the Mets.   His last appearance in a Met uniform occurred on June 3rd when he pinch ran for catcher Jerry May.

After spending the remainder of the 1973 season and all of 1974 in the minors, Moore was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals along with Ray Sadecki for Joe Torre.

In 6 appearances as pitcher over 2 seasons Moore posted an 0-1 record with 4.60 ERA.

While with the Mets Moore wore number 19 in 1972 and 39 in 1973.

Tommy Moore also played for the following teams:
Texas Rangers – 1975
St. Louis Cardinals – 1975
Seattle Mariners – 1977

 

Bob Apodaca – His New York Mets Career 1973-1977

bob-apodacaBob Apodaca made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 18, 1973, exactly four years later he pitched in his last big league game.  In between Apodaca showed promise as a relief pitcher but injuries sidetracked a once promising career.  

In his five seasons with the Mets Apodaca pitched in 184 games, all but 11 out of the bullpen.   He won 16 games while losing 25 and saved another 26.  He also posted a very respectable 2.86 ERA over 361.1 innings.  His best season with the Mets occurred in 1975 when he led the team with 13 saves and posted a 1.49 ERA in 84.2 innings. 

Apodaca blew out his elbow during Spring Training in 1978.  After missing the entire 1978 and 1979 seasons the Mets released him on December 11, 1979 ending his big league career.  He attempted a comeback in 1981 with the Jackson Mets, their Double A affiliate, but that lasted just six games.

Following his playing career Apodaca spent over a decade as a pitching coach in the Mets minor league system.  He eventually worked his way back to the majors serving as the Mets pitching coach from 1996-1999.

While with the Mets Apodaca wore number 34.

 

 

 

 

Buzz Capra – His New York Mets Career 1971,1972,1973

buzz-capraRight-handed pitcher Buzz Capra was selected by the Mets in the 27th round of the 1969 free agent draft.  He made his major league debut with the Mets on September 15, 1971 against the Chicago Cubs, pitching four innings of relief in the Mets 6-2 loss, he allowed 1 unearned run while striking out 4.  He would appear in 3 games down the stretch for the Mets posting an 0-1 record with an 8.44 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.

Capra, started the 1972 season with the Mets and would appear in 14 games, 6 as a starter before being demoted to the minors in July.  He earned his first major league win on April 25th against the San Diego Padres.  As the starting pitcher, he allowed 1 run over 6 innings in the Mets 2-1 victory. At the time of his demotion Capra had a 3-2 record with a 4.58 ERA.

Capra started the 1973 season in the minors before joining the Mets in June.  Capra would appear in 24 games out of the bullpen and posted a 2-7 record with 4 saves and a 3.86 ERA.

He earned the save in a crucial game on September 18 against the Pittsburgh Pirates to keep the Mets in the National League Eastern Division race, a division the Mets would eventually win.  He entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with the winning and go ahead runs on base and closed out the Mets 6-5 win.

Following the season the Mets sold Capra to the Atlanta Braves where he finished out his career.

In parts of 3 seasons for the Mets Capra appeared in 41 games, 6 as a starter and posted a 5-10 record with 4 saves and a 4.49 ERA.

While with the Mets Capra wore number 38.              

Buzz Capra also played for the Atlanta Braves – 1974-1977.

Bob L. Miller – His New York Mets Career 1962,1973,1974

bob-l-millerRight handed pitcher Bob L. Miller was selected by the Mets in the 1961 expansion draft from the St Louis Cardinals.  Miller, who had mild success with the Cardinals, was one of two Bob Millers on the Mets 1962 roster.  To avoid any confusion Mets Manager Casey Stengel called Bob L. Miller, “Nelson”, though no one really understood why he chose that name when he could have just referred to him as Righty Miller since the other Miller was a left hander.   I guess just a case of Casey being Casey.

“Nelson” was the better of the two Millers, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at his record.  Bob Miller made his Mets debut on April 21st starting against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a game he would lose 8-4.   He would go on to pitch in 33 games for the Mets in 1962, splitting time between the starting rotation and the bullpen, losing his first 12 decisions.  His only win of the season came in his last appearance of the year, a complete game victory over the Chicago Cubs where he allowed just one run in the 2-1 victory.  He finished the season with a 1-12 record and 4.89 ERA in 143 2/3 innings pitched.

Despite his record the Los Angeles Dodgers saw something they liked and traded for Miller in the off-season in exchange for infielders Tim Harkness and Larry Burright.  In his first season in LA he finished with a 10-8 record.  After five seasons with the Dodgers, in which he helped the Dodgers win a World Championship in 1965, Miller bounced around from the Minnesota Twins to the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs to the San Diego Padres to the Pittsburgh Pirates and finally the Detroit Tigers before finding his way back to the Mets in 1973, winning 57 games along the way.

With the Mets in the midst of a pennant race in 1973 they purchased Miller’s contract from the Detroit Tigers on September 23rd, he would appear in just one game for the Mets throwing one inning of scoreless relief against the Montreal Expos on September 26th, a game the Mets lost 8-5.  The Mets would eventually reach the World Series, but Miller was ineligible for the postseason roster.

Bob Miller returned to the Mets for the 1974 season and led the pitching staff in appearances with 58, all out of the bullpen.  He had a solid season as a middle reliever posting a 2-2 record with two saves with a 3.58 ERA in 78 innings pitched. 

After the Mets released Miller following the season he retired from pitching. His final Met numbers were a 3-14 record with a 4.41 ERA in 222 2/3 innings pitched over 92 games.

While with the Mets Miller wore number 24 in 1962 and number 30 in 1973 and 74.

Bob L. Miller also played for the following teams:
St, Louis Cardinals – 1957, 1959-1961
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1963-1967
Minnesota Twins – 1968,1969
Cleveland Indians – 1970
Chicago White Sox – 1970
Chicago Cubs – 1970
San Diego Padres – 1971,1973
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1971,1972
Detroit Tigers – 1973