Juan Berenguer – His New York Mets Career 1978-1980

Juan BerenguerThe New York Mets signed Juan Berenguer, a native of Panama, as an amateur free agent in 1975. After working his way up through the minors, winning 24 games over 3 seasons, he made his Major League debut on August 17, 1978 starting against the San Diego Padres. Berenguer struggled pitching just 3 innings and allowing 5 runs as the Mets lost 9-2. He would pitch in five games for the Mets in 1978 but struggled losing two games and posting an 8.31 ERA.

Berenguer returned to the Mets as a September call up in 1979 and showed signs of promise. He started 5 games and posted in 2.93 ERA. On September 28th he pitched his best game as a Met to earn his first Major League victory. He defeated the St Louis Cardinals allowing 2 runs over 7.1 innings in the Mets 6-2 victory.

Berenguer spent the 1980 season with the Mets triple A affiliate Tidewater Tides but struggled posting a disappointing 9 and 15 record. He returned to the big club in September and pitched six games out of the bullpen. He struggled posting a 5.79 ERA with an 0-1 record.

Right before the start of the 1981 season the Mets traded Berenguer to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Marvell Wynne and John Skinner.

Berenguer pitched in sixteen games for the Mets, eight as a starter and eight out of the pen and posted a 1-4 record with a 4.75 ERA.

While with the Mets Berenguer wore number 48 in 1978 and number 43 in 1979 and 1980.

Juan Berenguer also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1981,1992
Toronto Blue Jays – 1981
Detroit Tigers – 1982-1985
San Francisco Giants – 1986
Minnesota Twins – 1987-1990
Atlanta Braves – 1991-1992

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Alex Trevino – His New York Mets Career 1978-1981,1990

Alex TrevinoAfter spending five seasons in the minors, Alex Trevino made his Major League debut on September 11, 1978 when he replaced John Stearns at catcher in the 9th inning, He would go on to appear in 6 games for the Mets and batted .250 (3 for 12).  He recorded his first big league hit on September 29 a 6th inning single in the Mets 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.  The next day he went 2 for 4.

Trevino spent the entire1979 with the Mets playing mostly catcher but also seeing time at 3rd and 2nd base.  He hit .271 with 20 RBIs.   On June 11 he drove in 2 runs in the Mets 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.   His most productive game came on August 14 when he went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs in the Mets 18-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.

In 1980 he appeared in 106 games and batted .256 with 37 RBIs.  On June 28 his 8th inning single tied the game against the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Mets would win in the 9th inning, He also drove in 2 runs in the Mets 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 12.

In 1981 jet appeared in just 56 games and batted .262 with 10 RBIs.  Following the season, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds along with Greg Harris and Jim Kern in exchange for George Foster.

Trevino returned to the Mets when they signed him as a free agent on August 3. 1990.  He appeared in 9 games and batted .300 (3 for 10) with 2 RBIs before being placed on waivers in September. 

In 256 career games for the Mets Trevino batted .262 with 69 RBIs.

While with the Mets Trevino wore number 29 from 1978-1981 and number 9 in 1990.

Alex Trevino also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1982-1984, 1990
Atlanta Braves – 1984
San Francisco Giants – 1985
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1986,1987
Houston Astros – 1988-1990

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Sergio Ferrer – His New York Mets Career 1978,1979

Sergio FerrerOn 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 14th 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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Mardie Cornejo – His New York Mets Career 1978

Mardie CornejoThe Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Mardie Cornejo in the 21st round of the 1973 amateur draft.  After spending 5 years in the minors he finally made his Major League debut on April 8, 1978 when he pitched the final two innings in the Mets 6-5 victory over the Montreal Expos to earn the win. The next day he earned the save when he entered the game to get the final out in the Mets 6-5 victory.  He appeared in 18 games before being sent down to the minors at the end of May, at the time of his demotion he had a 3-2 record with 2 saves and a 3.75 ERA.  He returned to the Mets when the rosters expanded in September. During September he appeared in 7 games and did not allow an earned run in 12 2/3 innings. 

Following the season, the Mets traded Cornejo to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Ed Glynn.

In 25 appearances for the Mets he posted a 4-2 record with 3 saves and a 2.45 ERA.

While with the Mets Cornejo wore number 47.

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Bob Myrick – His New York Mets Career 1976-1978

Bob MyrickThe Mets selected left-handed pitcher Bob Myrick in the 20th round of the 1974 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut on May 28, 1976 pitching a 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He than would go on to appear in 21 games, all but one out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-1 record with a 3.25 ERA.  He earned his first career win on July 27 when he pitched three innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.  In his only start of the season on September 28 against the Montreal Expos, he suffered the loss.  He lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed 4 runs only 2 of which were earned.

Myrick spent the entire 1977 season and appeared in 44 games, 4 as a starter.  He posted a 2-2 record with 2 saves and a 3.61 ERA.  He earned his first win of the season on August 5 when he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the Mets 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.  His first career save came on September 18 against the Chicago Cubs.  In his 4 starts he went 0-1 with a a 7.63 ERA.

Myrick started the 1978 season with the Mets and appeared in 17 games all out of the bullpen and posted an 0-3 record with a 3.28 ERA.  He was demoted to the minors at the end of May and finished the season pitching for the Tidewater Tides where he posted a 4-8 record with a 3.83 ERA. 

He once again pitched in the minors in 1979 for the Tidewater Tides before being traded to the Texas Rangers on June 15 along with Mike Bruhert in exchange for Dock Ellis.

In three seasons for the Mets Myrick appeared in 82 games and posted a 3-6 record with 2 saves and a 3.48 ERA.

While with the Mets Myrick wore number 44.

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Ken Henderson – His New York Mets Career 1978

Ken HendersonThe Mets acquired Ken Henderson, a 13-year veteran outfielder, from the Texas Rangers as part of a multi-player multi-team trade on December 8, 1977.  He made his Mets debut as their Opening Day right fielder in 1978 and went 1 for 3 with an RBI.  Three days later Henderson went 2 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBIs in the Mets 6-0 victory over the Cubs.  But than his season came to a sudden halt, on April 12 Henderson injured his foot when he ran into the wall chasing a fly ball.   The injury landed him on the disabled list.  When he came off the DL on May 19, the Mets traded him to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for relief pitcher Dale Murray.

In seven games for the Mets Ken Henderson batted .227 (5-22) with a home run and 4 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Henderson wore number 20.

Ken Henderson also played for the following teams:
San Francisco Giants – 1965-1972
Chicago White Sox – 1973-1975
Atlanta Braves – 1976
Texas Rangers – 1977
Cincinnati Reds – 1978,1979
Chicago Cubs – 1979,1980

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John Stearns – His New York Mets Career 1975-1984

John StearnsAcquired from the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the 1975 season along with Del Unser and Mac Scarce in exchange for Tug McGraw, Don Hahn and Dave Schneck, John Stearns would go on to catch 678 games in a Met uniform (4th most in team history) and be selected to four different All-Star teams.    The heart and soul of some pretty bad Met teams; Stearns never let the Mets place in the standings affect his play. 

After two seasons serving as backup to Jerry Grote, Stearns became the Met fulltime catcher in 1977.  He took full advantage of the situation, leading the team with 25 doubles and tying for the team lead with 12 home runs.  For his efforts, he was selected to be the Mets lone representative in the All-Star game.  He continued his strong play in 1978 and even broke the National League record for most stolen bases by a catcher in a season with 25.  Stearns would play four more season as the Mets catcher, earning three more All-Star appearances in 1979, 1980 and 1982, before a rash of injuries took their toll forcing him to cut his career short just as the Mets had turned the corner and became one of the top teams in the league.  

During his 10 years with the Mets Stearns hit .259 with 46 HR’s and 312 RBI’s.  Stearns would return to the Mets in 2000 and 2001 serving as a coach.  He also spent two seasons managing in the Mets minor league system, 2003 with the Binghamton Mets and 2004 with the Norfolk Tides.

While with the Mets Stearns wore number 16 in 1975 and 1976 and number 12 from 1977-1984.

John Stearns also played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1974.

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Pat Zachry – His New York Mets Career 1977-1982

Pat ZachryOn June 15, 1977, the New York Mets traded their most popular player in franchise history, Tom Seaver.  In return they received four players, Dan Norman, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and right-handed pitcher Pat Zachry. The year before Zachry had won the National League Rookie of the Year as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.  Zachry would pitch six seasons for the Mets but would never make Met fans forget Tom Seaver.

Pat Zachry made his Met debut on June 17, 1977 against the Houston Astros.  He pitched six innings and allowed four runs all but one earned and suffered the loss in the Mets 7-1 defeat.  Zachry would finish the season with a 7-6 record and 3.76 ERA in 19 starts.

In 1978 Zachry enjoyed his finest season with the Mets, he started out the season 10-4 and was named to the National League All-Star team, he did not appear in the game.  However, following the All-Star break Zachry was lost for the season when he fractured his foot.  The injury occurred on July 24 in a fit of rage.  After giving up a hit to Pete Rose to extend his hitting streak to 37 games, Zachry was pulled from the game.  When he reached the dugout he angrily attempted to kick a batting helmet but missed and kicked the dugout step instead and fractured his left foot.

In 1979, an elbow injury limited him to just 7 starts, though he did manage to post a 5-1 record.  In 1980 despite being named the National League pitcher of the month for July, a month that saw him go 4-0, he suffered through a 6-10 season though he did post a very respectable 3.01 ERA.  It would be the first of three straight losing seasons including a 1981 season in which he led the league with 14 losses.  During his final season with the Mets in 1982 he did flirt with pitching the first no-hitter in franchise history against the Chicago Cubs on April 10.  He lost his bid with two outs in the 8th inning.   It was the highlight of his season, a season which saw him lose his spot in the starting rotation.

Following the season the Mets traded Zachry to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In his six seasons with the Mets Pat Zachry posted a 41-46 record with a 3.63 ERA.

While with the Mets Zachry wore number 40.

Pat Zachry also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1976,1977
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1983,1984
Philadelphia Phillies – 1985

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Butch Benton – His New York Mets Career 1978,1980

Butch BentonCatcher Butch Benton was drafted by the Mets in the first of round of the 1975 amateur draft (6th overall). However, he never lived up to expectations and spent the bulk of his Met career in the minors.

After spending four seasons in the minors Benton finally made his Major League debut on September 14, 1978 as a pinch hitter for pitcher Roy Lee Jackson, he flew out to centerfield.  He finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 4 games.  He batted .500 (2 for 4) with both of his hits coming on the last day of the season.

Benton wouldn’t return to the majors until the middle of the 1980 season.  He rejoined the Mets in July and went on to appear in 12 games.  He hit just .048 (1 for 21).

The Mets partied ways with Benton prior to the 1981 season selling him to the Chicago Cubs.  In parts of two seasons with the Mets the former number one pick appeared in 16 games and batted .120 (3 for 25).

While with the Mets Benton wore number 15 in 1978 and 19 in 1980.

Butch Benton also played for the Chicago Cubs in 1982 and the Cleveland Indians in 1985.

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Willie Montanez – His New York Mets Career 1978,1979

willie montanezWith his snatch catches and slow home run trot in which he shuffled his feet and jumped on each base Willie Montanez was the very definition of a hot dog during his 14-year career.  His brief tenure with the Mets was no different.

The Mets acquired Montanez on December 8, 1977 as part of a multiplayer four team trade.  As their everyday first baseman in 1978 he quickly became a fan favorite not only for his colorful antics but more so for his productivity at the plate.  He hit just .256 but managed to lead the team with 17 home runs, 96 RBIs and 32 doubles.  His most productive game occurred on May 24 against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs.

Montanez returned in 1979 but did not enjoy the same success.  He was hitting just .234 with 5 home runs and 47 RBIs when the Mets made the decision to part ways with him.  He was traded to the Texas Rangers on August 12 in exchange for Ed Lynch and Mike Jorgensen.

Montanez appeared in 268 games for the Mets and hit .247 with 22 home runs and 143 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Montanez wore number 25.

Willie Montanez also played for the following teams:
California Angels – 1966
Philadelphia Phillies – 1970-1975,1982
San Francisco Giants – 1975,1976
Atlanta Braves – 1976,1977
Texas Rangers – 1979
San Diego Padres – 1980
Montreal Expos – 1980,1981
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1981,1982