Mike Glavine – His New York Mets Career 2003

Mike GlavineIn 2003, the Mets signed Tom Glavine as a free agent while also signing his younger brother Mike.  The only difference between the two was that Tom was a former Cy Young Award winner while Mike was a career minor leaguer.   Mike stayed true to his form and spent the entire season in Triple A with the Norfolk Tides, before the Mets recalled him in September to play with his brother.  

Mike Glavine made his Major League debut on September 14th when he pinch hit for his brother.  Mike grounded out to 2nd base, but by appearing in the game the Glavine became the first brothers to play for the Mets.  Mike Glavine would go on to appear in six games for the Mets as both a pinch hitter and first baseman.  He went 1 for 7 at the plate with his only hit coming in his final at bat of the season against the Florida Marlins.  He returned to play for the Norfolk Tides in 2004 but hit just .216 and retired from playing following the season.

While with the Mets Glavine wore number 27.

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Pat Strange – His New York Mets Career 2002,2003

Pat StrangeThe New York Mets selected Pat Strange out of Springfield Central High School in Massachusetts in the second round of the 1998 amateur draft.  Strange a hard throwing right handed pitcher would work his way up through the Mets minor league system, mainly as a starter, and was one of their top pitching prospects. 

After winning 10 games for the Triple A Norfolk Tides in 2002, Strange was brought up to majors for a cup of coffee in September.  He made his Major League debut on September 13th, pitching a scoreless 8th inning in the Mets 11-8 loss to the Montreal Expos.  Strange would finish out the 2002 season with the Mets pitching in five games all out of the bullpen posting a 1.13 ERA in 8 innings. 

After failing to make the Mets staff out of Spring Training in 2003, Strange once again started the season with the Norfolk Tides before being recalled to Queens in May.  He would make six relief appearances for the Mets posting an 11.00 ERA in 9 innings before being shipped back to Norfolk following his appearance on June 5th.

His June 5th appearance would be his last in the majors.  After pitching the entire 2004 season with the Norfolk Tides, where he posted a 10-9 record with a 5.25 ERA in 29 games, he was granted free agency.  Pat Strange side with the Minnesota Twins in the off-season, but developed elbow trouble in spring training which effectively ended his pitching career.

In 11 appearances with the Mets Pat Strange threw 17 innings posting a 6.35 ERA with a 0-0 record.

While with the Mets Strange wore number 38.

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Rey Sanchez – His New York Mets Career 2003

Rey SanchezRey Sanchez, a journeyman infielder known more for his glove than his bat, was signed as a free agent by the Mets prior to the 2003 season.  The Mets planned to use him as a placeholder until Jose Reyes, their top shortstop prospect, was ready to make the jump to the majors.  As it turned out Sanchez’s poor showing at the plate helped speed up Reyes accent to the Majors.  Sanchez played steady defense but his batting average kept hovering around the Mendoza line.  In the middle of June with Sanchez nursing an injury and his average at just .225 the Mets promoted Reyes and the rest as they say is history.  They tried Sanchez at second base but the results were pretty much the same and by the end of July the Mets traded Sanchez to the Seattle Mariners.

In 56 games for the Mets Sanchez hit .207 with 12 RBIs.  He would go on to play another two seasons before retiring after the 2005 season.

While with the Mets Sanchez wore number 10.

Rey Sanchez also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 1991-1997
New York Yankees – 1997, 2005
San Francisco Giants – 1998
Kansas City Royals – 1999-2001
Atlanta Braves – 2001
Boston Red Sox – 2002
Seattle Mariners – 2003
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2004

Jason Roach – His New York Mets Career 2003

The New York Mets drafted right handed pitcher Jason Roach in the 20th round of the 1997 amateur draft.  He worked his way through the Mets minor league system over the next six seasons before making his Major League debut on June 14, 2003 against the Anaheim Angels.  Roach started the game but lasted only three innings as he allowed 7 runs and 6 hits.  He was given one more start on July 8th, this time he managed to last till the 6th inning but still gave up 5 runs and once again suffered the loss.  He was shipped back to the minors where he finished out the season.  After one more season in the Mets minor league system Roach signed with the Tampa Devil Rays.  He toiled in the minors over the next three seasons before retiring after the 2007 season.  

His overall numbers with the Mets were an 0-2 record with a 12.00 ERA in 9 innings. Roach also had two plate appearances with the Mets and singled in both, thus ending his Major League career with a 1.000 batting average. 

While with the Mets Roach wore number 57.

Vance Wilson – His New York Mets Career 1999-2004

Vance WilsonAfter two brief cups of coffee with the Mets in 1999 and 2000 catcher Vance Wilson was promoted to the Mets in July of 2001 and would stay with the big club for the next four seasons serving as backup to All-star Mike Piazza.   His greatest strength to the Mets was his ability to throw out base runners and he was used primarily as a late inning defensive replacement.  From 2001 to 2003 Wilson. was one of the top catchers in the league in throwing out base runners, averaging 45%.

Offensively he was no match for Mike Piazza, arguably the best hitting catcher in the history of the game, but Wilson did manage to put up some respectable numbers.  In 2003, he posted career bests with 8 home runs and 39 RBI’s. and hit a career best .274 in 2004.   

Following the 2004 season the Mets traded Vance Wilson to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Anderson Hernandez.  In 286 games with the Mets from 1999-2004 Wilson hit .254 with 17 home runs and 92 RBIs.  He also threw out 44% of would be base stealers.

While with the Mets Wilson wore number 3.

Vance Wilson also played for the Detroit Tigers in 2005 and 2006.

 

 

 

 

Cliff Floyd – His New York Mets Career 2003-2006

cliff floydPrior to the 2003 season the Mets signed Cliff Floyd as a free agent to play leftfield.   Floyd’s career was plagued by injuries and his stint with the Mets was no different.  But his upbeat personality and veteran leadership made him a fan favorite.

After a slow start to the 2003 season, he was hitting just .238 after the month of April; Floyd rebounded and was enjoying a very productive season before a right Achilles injury sidelined him in the middle of August.  He finished the season with a .290 average with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs.  His second season in 2004 was almost a carbon copy of the first except his average dropped to .260 and the injury which sidelined him was a right quadricep suffered in the first month of the season.  He still managed to once again hit 18 homeruns while driving in 63 runs.

Floyd managed to stay off the DL in 2005 and by doing so enjoyed his best season in New York.  After the first month of the season he was hitting .366 with 20 RBIs.  He would finish the season with a personal best 34 home runs to lead the team while knocking in 98 runs. He also enjoyed a 20-game hitting streak.

The injury bug once again bit Floyd in 2006 as he suffered his worst season statistically while with the Mets.  But his veteran leadership helped the Mets cruise to the National League Eastern Division Championship and their first postseason appearance since 2000.  He hit only .244 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs.

In the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers he hit a home run in game one and finished the series with a .444 average.  But he also reinjured his Achilles tendon.  After the Mets swept the Dodgers to advance to the NLCS there was talk of taking him off the postseason roster.  But sensing that he could still be a threat with the long ball he was left on the roster.  He started game one of the NLCS but the injury was too severe and he was taken out of the game after just one at bat.  He would make two more appearances as pinch hitter but went 0-3 in the series as the Mets lost to the St Louis Cardinals in seven games.

Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs.  In 468 games over four seasons with the Mets Floyd batted .268 with 81 home runs and 273 RBIs.

While with the Mets Floyd wore number 30.

Cliff Floyd also played for the following teams:
Montreal Expos – 1993-1996, 2002
Florida Marlins – 1997-2002
Boston Red Sox – 2002
Chicago Cubs – 2007
Tampa Bay Rays – 2008
San Diego Padres – 2009

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Graeme Lloyd – His New York Mets Career 2003

Graeme lloydA native of Australia, Graeme Lloyd was signed by the Mets as a free agent prior to the 2003 season.  A ten-year veteran Lloyd was used as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen his entire career.  His brief stint with the Mets was no different.  Lloyd appeared in 36 games for the Mets and pitched 35 1/3 innings.  He posted a 1-2 record with 3.31 ERA.  His only victory came on May 11th when he pitched 2 innings of relief against the San Diego Padres.  With the Mets, hopelessly out of the race in July the Mets traded Lloyd to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league pitcher Jeremy Hill. 

2003 would be his last season in the Majors as he had difficulty obtaining a work visa and was forced to return to his native Australia.

While with the Mets Lloyd wore number 17. 

Graeme Lloyd also played for the following teams:

Milwaukee Brewers – 1993-1996
New York Yankees – 1996-1998
Toronto Blue Jays – 1999
Montreal Expos – 2001,2002
Florida Marlins – 2002
Kansas City Royals – 2003

Steve Trachsel – His New York Mets Career 2001-2006

steve-trachselSteve Trachsel was a bit of an enigma during his Mets career, at times looking untouchable and at times looking like he never picked up a ball in his life.  But overall it can be said that Trachsel’s six seasons with the Mets were fairly successful as he posted a 66 and 59 record including a 16-win season in 2003.

His Met career began in 2001 when the Mets were looking to replace 2 members of their pitching staff, Mike Hampton and Bobby Jones, who left via free agency.   One of the pitchers they chose to take a chance on was Steve Trachsel, a sub .500 pitcher known as an innings eater who had mainly played on bad teams, the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Toronto Blue Jays.  Prior to joining the Mets his claim to fame was being the pitcher who gave up Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run in 1998. 

Trachsel’s Met career could not have gotten off to a worst start, after giving up 10 earned runs over 5 innings in his Met debut he would go on to lose 6 of his first 8 decisions.  The lowlight coming on May 17th when he surrendered 7 runs over 2 1/3 innings including giving up 4 home runs in the third inning. 

With a 1-6 record and an ERA of 8.24 the Met fans were beyond restless and the boo birds were out in force at Shea Stadium.  Scratching their heads to determine what could be done the Met brass asked Trachsel to go down to the minors to try and work things out.  As a 7 year major league veteran Trachsel had the right to refuse the assignment but to his credit he accepted the demotion and made his way to the Norfolk Tides.  Despite losing his first start back, his three-week stint in the minors did the trick.  He went 10-7 for the remainder of the season with a 3.35 ERA in 20 starts. 

In 2002 Trachsel posted an 11 and 11 record but with a very respectable 3.37 ERA (the lowest of his Met career) for a very bad Mets team.  2003 would be his best season with the Mets; he led the team with 16 wins, the most in his career, while losing 10.  Included in his 16 wins were 2 complete game 1 hit shutouts, on June 15th and August 18th, becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to pitch 2 one-hitters in a season.  Overall his statistics were pretty much the same in 2004, though his win total dipped to 12. 

Suffering from a herniated disk in his back, Trachsel missed most the 2005 season. He did not appear in a game until August 26th.  He finished out the seasons with just 1-4 record and 4.14 ERA.

Trachsel returned to form in 2006 winning 15 games, tied for most on the team with Tom Glavine despite posting a 4.97 ERA as the Mets ran away with the National League East.  His 15th win of the season came on September 18th as the Mets clinched the division title.  But his regular season success did not carry over to the postseason.  In game 3 of the NLCS against the St Louis Cardinals, Trachsel pitched just 1 inning and allowed 5 runs.  The Mets would lose the game 5-0 and would eventually lose the series in 7 games.

The Mets chose not to resign Trachsel following the season and he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. In his 6 seasons with the Mets, Trachsel won 66 and lost 59 with a 4.09 ERA.

While with the Mets Trachsel wore number 29. 

Steve Trachsel also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 1993-1999,2007
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2000
Toronto Blue Jays – 2000
Baltimore Orioles – 2007,2008

Pedro Astacio – His New York Mets Career 2002,2003

pedro-astacioThe New York Mets signed righthanded pitcher Pedro Astacio as a free agent before the 2002 season.  Prior to joining the Mets Astacio had pitched 10 seasons and won 103 games.

He made his Met debut on April 5 against the Atlanta Braves, he pitched 6 2/3 innings and earned the win. Astacio was the Mets best pitcher during the first half of the 2002 season posting an 11-4 record over his first 22 starts.  But fatigue and arm injuries took over in the second half of the season and Astacio went just 1-7 during his final 9 starts.  He finished the season with a 12-11 record and 4.79 ERA.

Astacio returned for the 2003 season but was placed on the disabled list after just 7 starts.  At the time his record was 3-2 but his ERA was an astronomical 7.36

Following the season the Mets let Astacio walk as a free agent and he signed with the Boston Red Sox.  In 38 starts for the Mets Pedro won 15 games while losing 13 and posted a 5.20 earned run average.

While with the Mets Astacio wore number 34.

Pedro Astacio also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1992-1997
Colorado Rockies – 1997-2001
Houston Astros – 2001
Boston Red Sox – 2004
Texas Rangers – 2005
San Diego Padres – 2005
Washington Nationals – 2006

Prentice Redman – His New York Mets Career 2003

prentice-redmanThe New York Mets drafted Prentice Redman out of Bevill State Community College in Alabama in the 10th round of the 1999 amateur draft.  As an outfielder, he worked his way up through the Mets minor league system before making his Major League debut on August 24th, 2003 as a pinch runner in the Mets 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Redman showed modest power in the minors hitting 49 home runs over five seasons but was a speed demon on the bases with 138 stolen bases. 

Redman would finish out the 2003 season with the Mets hitting just .125 in 24 at bats over 15 games.  The highlight of his Mets career came on September 4th against the Philadelphia Phillies.  In the top of the 9th inning he hit his first major league home run, to tie the game at 5.  Unfortunately, the Mets would lose the game in the bottom of the inning, an all too often occurrence for the Mets in 2003

Following the season Redman returned to the minors where he spent the next two seasons splitting time between the Binghamton Mets, their Double A affiliate and the Norfolk Tides, the Mets Triple A affiliate. He put up solid numbers over those two seasons, .286 average, 26 home runs and 149 RBIs, but was not called back to the show and was granted free agency following the 2005 season and signed with the St Louis Cardinals.

While with the Mets Redman wore number 20.