Heath Bell – His New York Mets Career 2004-2006

Heath BellAfter spending six seasons working his way through their minor league system right-handed reliever Heath Bell finally made his Major League debut with the Mets on August 24, 2004.  He pitched two innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.  He finished out the season pitching out of the bullpen appearing in a total of 17 games.  He went 0-2 with a 3.33 ERA.

Bell spent the majority of the 2005 season with the Mets appearing in 42 games.  He posted a 1-3 record with a 5.59 ERA. He earned his first Major League win on July 7 when he pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th inning in the Mets 11 inning victory over the Washington Nationals.

He started the 2006 season in the minors before joining the Mets at the beginning of May.  He would spend the season shuffling back and forth between the Mets and the minors.  He appeared in 22 games for the Mets and went 0-0 with a 5.11.  

Following the season, the Mets traded Bell to the San Diego Padres along with Royce Ring in exchange for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson.  It would be a trade the Mets would regret as Bell went on to become an All-Star reliever.    In 81 career games Bell posted a 1-5 record with a 4.92 ERA.

While with the Mets Bell wore number 19.

Heath Bell also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 2007-2011
Miami Marlins – 2012
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2013
Tampa Bay Rays – 2014

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Jae Seo – His New York Mets Career 2002-2005

Jae SeoThe New York Mets signed Jae Seo, a native of South Korea, as an amateur free agent on December 17, 1997. But reconstructive arm surgery derailed his career and he did not make his Major League debut until July 21, 2002, a one-inning relief appearance in a blowout loss to the Cincinnati Reds, by appearing in the game Seo became the first Korean born player in franchise history. It would be his only appearance in a Mets uniform for the season as he was immediately demoted back to the minors where he finished out the season.

In 2003, Seo broke into the Mets starting rotation and record his first major league win on April 17 by pitching seven shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He would go onto pitch in 32 games, all but one as a starter, He finished the season with a 9-12 record and a 3.82 ERA.   He returned in 2004, appearing in 24 games, posting a 5-10 record and a 4.90 ERA.

After starting the 2005 season in the minor leagues, Seo returned to the majors and pitched effectively despite missing some time on the disabled list, posting an 8-2 record and 2.59 ERA in 14 games. But despite his success the Mets traded Seo to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever Duaner Sanchez before the 2006 season. The deal surprised many at first, but it turned out the Mets traded him at just the right time. Seo struggled over the next two seasons with the Dodgers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays and eventually returned to his native South Korea to pitch for the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball League.

In three plus seasons with the Mets Jae Seo posted a 22-24 record with a 3.85 ERA.

While with the Mets Seo wore number 38 in 2002 number 40 in 2003 and number 26 from 2004-2005/

Jae Seo also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2006
Tampa Bay Devil Rays = 2006,2007

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David Weathers – His New York Mets Career 2002-2004

David WeathersDavid Weathers was a ten-year journeyman reliever when the Mets signed him as a free agent prior to the 2002 season. Serving mainly as setup man for the Mets in 2002 Weathers appeared in 71 games, the most on the team and posted a 6-3 record with very respectable 2.91 ERA. He once again led the Mets in appearances in 2003, this time with 77 but was not as effective. He won only one game while losing six but did manage to save seven games. After starting the 2004 season with a 5-3 record but with 4.28 ERA he was traded to the Houston Astros in the middle of June along with Jeremy Griffiths in exchange for Richard Hidalgo.

In 180 games for the Mets over three seasons David Weathers posted a 12-12 record with 7 saves and a 3.22 ERA.

While with the Mets Weathers wore number 35.

David Weathers also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays = 1991,1992
Florida Marlins – 1993-1995, 2004
New York Yankees – 1996,1997
Cincinnati Reds – 1997, 1998, 2005-2009
Milwaukee Brewers = 1998-2001, 2009
Chicago Cubs = 2001
Houston Astros – 2004

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Al Leiter – His New York Mets Career 1998-2004

 

Al Leiter
Al Leiter

After winning the 1997 World Series the Florida Marlins conducted a fire sale and traded off all their high-priced stars. One of the beneficiaries of sale was the New York Mets who acquired left-handed pitcher Al Leiter. For the next seven seasons Al Leiter was a workhorse who served as the ace of the Mets pitching staff.

 

In his first season with the Mets in 1998 Leiter posted a 17-6 record with a 2.47 ERA, the third best in the National League. He also led the Mets with 174 strikeouts.

During the 1999 season he won just 13 games but won the most important game of the season. In a one game playoff against the Cincinnati Reds to determine the National League Wild Card Leiter pitched a complete game two hit shutout to send the Mets to the postseason for the first time since 1988.

In 2000 Leiter started the season 10-1 and was named to the National League All-Star team. Along the way he was also named the National League pitcher of the month for June. He finished the season with a 16-8 record and once again led the team with 200 strikeouts as the Mets returned to the postseason. The Mets made it all the way to the World Series where they faced the New York Yankees. Leiter started games 1 and 5 and pitched effectively but the Mets lost both games and the series. In 15 2/3 innings he struck out 16 and posted a 2.87 ERA. In game five, with the Mets one loss away from losing the series, Leiter gave it everything he had and left it all on the field. He pitched into the 9th inning yielding just two runs, but finally ran out of gas and lost the game.

After back to back .500 seasons Leiter posted a 15-9 record in 2003 and then won another 10 games in 2004.

2004 would be his last season with the Mets. The Mets sensing that he was nearing the end of line allowed him to leave as a free agent. The Mets were proven right as Leiter struggled in 2005 pitching for the Florida Marlins and New York Yankees.

In his seven seasons with the Mets Leiter posted a 95-67 record with a 3.42 ERA and 1,106 strikeouts. He currently ranks 6th in franchise history with his 95 victories.

While with the Mets Leiter wore number 22.

Al Leiter also played for the following team:
New York Yankees – 1987-1989, 2005
Toronto Blue Jays – 1989-1995
Florida Marlins – 1996,1997,2005

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Matt Ginter – His New York Mets Career 2004

Matt GinterThe Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Ginter from the Chicago White Sox on March 27, 2004 in exchange for Timo Perez.  After starting the 2004 season in the minors Ginter made his Mets debut on May 16 against the Houston Astros.  As the starting pitcher he faced off against Roger Clemens and allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, over 5 2/3 innings and earned a no-decision in the Mets 3-2 13 inning victory.  In his next start on May 21 against the Colorado Rockies, he earned his first win as a Met despite giving up 5 runs over 5 innings. 

Ginter would appear in 15 games for the Mets, all but one as a starter, and posted a 1-3 record with a 4.54 ERA. 

2004 would be Ginter’s only season with the Mets as he was traded to the Detroit Tigers on April 2, 2005 in exchange for minor leaguer Steve Colyer.

While with the Mets Ginter wore number 13

Matt Ginter also played for the following teams:
Chicago White Sox – 2000-2003
Detroit Tigers – 2005
Cleveland Indians – 2008

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Jose Parra – His New York Mets Career 2004

The Mets signed right-handed reliever Jose Parra as a free agent on January 20, 2004.  After starting the season in the minors Parra made his Met debut on June 19, 2004 against the Detroit Tigers.  He pitched a 1/3 of an inning and allowed 2 hits in the Mets 4-3 victory.  Over the next month he would pitch in 13 games posting a 1-0 record with a 3.21 ERA over 14 innings.  His only victory came on July 15 against the Philadelphia Phillies when he pitched a scoreless 11th inning in the Mets 3-2 victory, He was placed on the disabled list on July 21 with a strained right hip flexor ending his season.

Following the season, he was released by the Mets.

While with the Mets Parra wore number 46.

Jose Parra also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1995,1996
Los Angeles Dodgers = 1995
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2000
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2002

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Scott Erickson – His New York Mets Career 2004

Scott EricksonThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Scott Erickson as a free agent on February 5, 2004.  A hamstring injury delayed his season and he didn’t make his Met debut until July 19 against the Florida Marlins.  He pitched 6 innings and allowed 8 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned.  He left the game with a 5-2 lead but the Mets bullpen could not hold the lead and the Mets lost 6-5.  His second start against the Montreal Expos was a disaster he lasted only 2 innings and gave up 6 earned runs as the Mets lost 19-10.   It would be his last appearance in a Mets uniform as he was traded to the Texas Rangers on July 31. 

In 2 starts for the Mets Erickson posted a 0-1 record with a 7.88 ERA. 

While with the Mets Erickson wore number 19.

Scott Erickson also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1990-1995
Baltimore Orioles – 1995-2000, 2002
Texas Rangers – 2004
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2005
New York Yankees – 2006

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Tom Wilson – His New York Mets Career 2004

The Mets signed catcher Tom Wilson as a free agent on May 12, 2004.  He made his Met debut on June 16th against the Cleveland Indians as a pinch hitter for pitcher Mike Stanton; he grounded into a fielder’s choice.  He appeared in 3 more games for the Mets before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 17,2004.  He started one game on June 27th against the Yankees and recorded his only hit as a Met, a second inning single.

While with the Mets Wilson wore number 6.

Tom Wilson also played for the following teams:
Oakland A’s – 2001
Toronto Blue Jays – 2002,2003
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2004

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Gerald Williams – His New York Mets Career 2004,2005

Gerald WilliamsGerald Williams, a 12-year veteran outfielder, was signed by the Mets as a free agent on April 23, 2004.  He immediately reported to the AAA Norfolk Tides where he hit .305 with 7 home runs.  He was called up to New York in June and made his Met debut on June 9 in an interleague game against the Minnesota Twins. As the starting leftfielder, he homered off Johan Santana the eventual AL Cy Young Award winner but the Mets lost 5-3.    He would appear in 57 games for the Mets 2004 and hit .233 with 4 home runs and 11 RBIs.  His most productive game came on August 19 against the Colorado Rockies when had 3 hits including a two-run home run as the Mets won 10-3.

Williams started the 2005 season in the minors before being called up in June.  As a fourth outfielder and pinch hitter he appeared in 39 games.  He hit .233 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs.  His only home run came on August 13 in the Mets 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2005 would not only be Williams last with the Mets it was his last in the Majors.  In 96 games with the Mets he hit .233 with 5 home runs and 14 RBIs.

While with the Mets Williams wore number 6 in 2004 and 21 in 2005.

Gerald Williams also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 1992-1996,2001,2002
Milwaukee Brewers – 1996,1997
Atlanta Braves – 1998,1999
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2000,2001
Florida Marlins – 2003

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Mike Stanton – His New York Mets Career 2003,2004

Mike StantonThe Mets signed left-handed reliever Mike Stanton as a free agent on December 16, 2002.  Prior to joining the Mets Stanton spent the previous six seasons playing for the Yankees where he played an integral part in helping them win three World Series titles.  The Mets planned to use Stanton in the same manor the Yankees did, as a left-handed setup man.

Stanton made his Met debut on April 3, 2003 pitching a scoreless 8th inning in the Mets 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.  Stanton would go on to appear in 50 games and post a 2-7 record with 5 saves and a 4.57 ERA.  His first win as a Met came on April 25 when he pitched 2 scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Stanton returned in 2004 and set the Mets single season record for appearances by a pitcher with 83.  A record that was broken in 2008 by Pedro Feliciano.  Stanton went 2-6 with a 3.16 ERA.  On August 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers, he became the second pitcher in Mets history to strikeout 4 batters in one inning. The other being Derek Wallace.

Following the season, the Mets traded Stanton back to the Yankees for Felix Heredia.  While with the Mets Stanton appeared in 133 games and posted a 4-13 record with 5 saves and a 3.68 ERA.

While with the Mets Stanton wore number 32.

Mike Stanton also played for the following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 1989-1995
Boston Red Sox – 1995,1996,2005
Texas Rangers – 1996
New York Yankees – 1997-2002,2005
Washington Nationals – 2005,2006
San Francisco Giants – 2006
Cincinnati Reds – 2007

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