Royce Ring – His New York Mets Career 2005,2006

Royce RingThe Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Royce Ring from the Chicago White Sox along with Edwin Almonte and Andrew Salvo in exchange for Roberto Alomar on July 1, 2003.  He made his Major League debut with the Mets on April 29, 2005 when he pitched a 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.  He made a total of 15 relief appearances during the season and posted an 0-2 record with a 5.06 ERA.

Ring pitched the majority of the 2006 season in the minors joining the Mets in August.  He finished out the season with the Mets and made 11 relief appearances posting a 0-0 record with a 2.13 ERA.

Following the season, the Mets traded Ring along with Heath Bell to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson.  In 26 relief appearances he went 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA.

While with the Mets Ring wore number 22 in 2005 and 43 in 2006.

Royce Ring also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 2007
Atlanta Braves – 2007,2008
New York Yankees – 2010.

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Chris Woodward – His New York Mets Career 2005-2006

Chris WoodwardThe Mets signed utility player Chris Woodward as a free agent on December 2, 2004.  He made his Met debut on April 6, 2005 when he replaced Doug Mientkiewicz at first base. He went on to appear in 81 games playing all four infield and all three outfield positions.  He batted .283 with 3 home runs and 18 RBIs.  On July 19 he hit a pinch hit walk off home run in the 11th inning against the San Diego Padres.  He also had a walk off pinch-hit single on August 20 against the Washington Nationals.

Woodward returned in 2006 an appeared in 83 games and batted just .216 with 3 home runs and 25 RBIs as the Mets went on to win the National League Eastern Division.  His most productive game came on April 13 when he drove in 3 runs in the Mets 13-4 win over the Nationals.  Woodward made just one appearance for the Mets in the postseason, he hit a pinch hit double in game 3 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the game in which the Mets clinched the series.

Following the season Woodward signed with the Atlanta Braves as a free agent.  In 164 games for the Mets Woodward batted .246 with 6 home runs and 43 RBIs.

While with the Mets Woodward wore number 4.

Chris Woodward also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1999-2004, 2011
Atlanta Braves – 2007
Seattle Mariners – 2009,2010
Boston Red Sox – 2009

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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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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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Pedro Martinez – His New York Mets Career 2005-2008

Pedro MartinezAfter three straight losing seasons the New York Mets were desperate to turn things around in 2005.  New General Manager Omar Minaya decided that in order to fill the increasing number of empty seats at Shea Stadium that the Mets needed to be aggressive in the free agent market.  One of the items on his wish list was a dominating starting pitcher and it just so happened that a four-time Cy Young Award winner by the name of Pedro Martinez was available.  Martinez was coming off a 16-9 season in which he played an integral part in helping the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series title in 86 years, but there were also whispers around the league that his best days were behind him.  While many teams were interested in his services they were all weary of offering him what he wanted, a four-year contract.  In order to entice Martinez to come to New York Minaya knew he had to offer Pedro exactly that.  Determined to get his man Omar Minaya offered Pedro a four year 53-million-dollar contract and just like that the Mets had their number one starter.

Pedro Martinez took the hill on Opening Day 2005 with electric stuff striking out twelve batters in six innings. He left the game with a 6-3 lead but unfortunately the bullpen could not hold it, which was an all too familiar occurrence in 2005, and the Mets lost 7-6.  But it was his second start of the season where he proved to be the ace the Mets were looking for when they signed him.  The Mets were standing at 0-5 on the season and were in desperate need of a win.  Pedro took the mound and proceeded to pitch a complete game two hitter striking out nine as the Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-1 to record their first win of the season.  From that point on Martinez pitched like his old Cy Young self and proved to be worth every penny the Mets were paying him. Not only was he winning games but there was electricity in the air and increased attendance each time he took the mound at Shea Stadium.  It was never more evident than on June 7 against the Houston Astros when he flirted with throwing the first no hitter in franchise history, he settled for a two hitter with twelve strikeouts.  Martinez would finish the season 15 -8 and helped the Mets to their first winning season since 2001.  He led the Mets pitching staff in wins, innings pitched (217), ERA (2.82), strikeouts (208) and complete games (4).

Martinez got off to a blistering start in 2006 winning his first five starts of the season, including the 200th victory of his career on April 17.  But he began to struggle and finished the first half of the season with a 7-4 record.  Despite his struggles he was still named to his second straight National League All-Star team.  In the middle of the season a calf injury sidelined him for a month. When he returned he continued to struggle and after losing four straight games in September where he posted an ERA over 15, the Mets shut him down for the year when it was determined he had a torn rotator cuff.  Pedro finished the season with a 9-8 record and because of his injury did not make the Mets postseason roster.

After off-season rotator cuff surgery Pedro Martinez missed the majority of the 2007 season.  He returned to the rotation on September 3 and won his first game in over a year.  Martinez would pitch in five games for the Mets in September and seemed to be his old self posting a 3-1 record with a 2.57 ERA in 28 innings.  But despite his efforts the Mets suffered through the worst collapse in baseball history, blowing a 7-game lead with 17 games to go in the season and missed the postseason.

Based on his strong finish to the 2007 season expectations were high for Martinez entering 2008.  With the off-season acquisition of Johan Santana, a two-time Cy Young Award winner with the Minnesota Twins, Pedro was now the Mets number two starter. But it was not meant to be, in his first start of the season Pedro pulled his hamstring and was lost for the next two months.  When he returned he was not the same pitcher as he struggled through the remainder of the season posting a disappointing 5-6 record with a 5.61 ERA. 

The Mets decided to part ways with Pedro following the season by not offering him a new contract even though he expressed interest in returning.  In his four years with the Mets Martinez won 32 while losing 23 with a 3.88 ERA.  Even though his Met career didn’t turn out exactly the way both sides had planned, New York fans showed their appreciation for Martinez by giving him a standing ovation as he left the mound in his final game at Shea Stadium on September 25.

\While with the Mets Martinez wore number 45.

Pedro Martinez also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1992,1993
Montreal Expos – 1994-1997
Boston Red Sox – 1998-2004
Philadelphia Phillies – 2009

Pedro Martinez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015

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Brian Daubach – His New York Mets Career 2005

Brian DaubachThe Mets initially drafted Brian Daubach in the 17th round of the 1990 amateur draft.  Daubach would spend seven years in the Mets minor league system but never sniffed the majors.  He left in 1996 as a free agent and signed with the Florida Marlins.  After playing seven seasons for the Marlins, Red Sox and White Sox Daubach returned to the Mets organization in 2005 as a free agent.

Daubach started the 2005 season with the Norfolk Tides, the Mets top minor league club before being called up in June.  He made his Met debut on June 16 against the Oakland A’s. He started the game at first base and went 0-1 with three walks.  Daubach would appear in 15 games for the Mets and was used as a first baseman and pinch hitter.  He hit just .120 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs and was sent back down to the minors in the middle of July.  His only home run came as a pinch hitter against the Phillies on June 21.

Daubach finished out the season in the minors and signed with the St Louis Cardinals in the off-season.

While with the Mets Daubach wore number 13.

Brian Daubach also played for the following teams:
Florida Marlins – 1998
Boston Red Sox – 1999-2002, 2004
Chicago White Sox – 2003

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Dae-Sung Koo – His New York Mets Career 2005

Dae Sung KooThe Mets signed Dae-Sung Koo as a free agent prior to the 2005 season. A native of South Korea, Koo pitched professionally in South Korea as well as in Japan. He also helped lead South Korea to a Bronze Medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics

Koo made his Major League debut on Opening Day in 2005 and pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Cincinnati Reds.  The Mets lost 7-6. Working out of the bullpen, Koo pitched effectively as a left-handed specialist for the Mets. He posted a respectable 3.91 ERA in 33 games. However, Koo will be forever remembered for his hitting and base running against Randy Johnson of the Yankees. In just his second Major League at-bat Koo doubled off the center field wall. But the fun was just getting started. Next batter Jose Reyes laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Koo to third. But seeing that the defense had fallen asleep, Koo decided to keep going home and narrowly missed the tag by Jorge Posada to score.

Following the season, the Mets sold his contract to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization.  

While with the Mets Koo wore number 17.

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Kaz Ishii – His New York Mets Career 2005

Kaz IshiiThe Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Kaz Ishii from the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 20, 2005 in exchange for Jason Phillips.  The Japanese native made his Met debut on April 7 against the Cincinnati Reds, he allowed 5 earned runs over the 6 2/3 innings and was the losing pitcher.  He would go on to appear in 19 games for the Mets, 16 as a starter, and posted a 3-9 record with 5.14 ERA.  His first win as a Met came on May 28 against the Florida Marlins when he allowed 1 run and 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Following the season, he was released by the Mets and he returned to his native Japan.

While with the Mets Ishii wore number 23.

Kaz Ishii also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2002-2004.

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Tom Glavine – His New York Mets Career 2003-2007

Tom GlavineAfter years of tormenting them as a member of the Atlanta Braves, Tom Glavine took his talented left arm to New York and signed as a free agent with the Mets prior to the 2003 season.   Most Met fans had mixed emotions over the signing.  True they were getting a two-time Cy Young award winner and future Hall of Famer but they were also getting someone they grew to hate over the years as a member of their hated rival. 

Glavine didn’t exactly endear himself to Met fans early on as he was shellacked in his first game as Met.  On Opening Day 2003 he lasted just 3 2/3 innings while giving up 8 hits and 5 runs.  Things didn’t exactly pick up from that point as he struggled for most of the season, finishing with a 9 and 14 record and 4.52 ERA.  It was the first time since 1988 that Glavine posted a losing record and failed to win 10 games. The highlight of his first season in New York came in September when his brother Mike was brought up from the minors and they became the first brothers to play for the Mets.

In 2004, Glavine started the season pitching like his old self.  He started out with a 7-3 record with a 2.03 ERA and was named to the National League All – Star team.  Included in his fast start was a one hit shutout against the Montreal Expos on May 23rd.  However, he struggled during the second half of the season and once again finished with a losing record, this time 11-14.  It did not help matters that he was involved in a car accident while riding in a taxi and lost his front teeth.

His third season in New York turned out to be the opposite of his second.  In 2005, he started with a 5 and 7 record with a 4.93 ERA.  However, he managed to turn his season around in the second half and finished with a 13 and 13 record while lowering his ERA by nearly a run and a half. 

2006 turned out to be his best season with the Mets not only personally but for the team as well.  The Mets ran away and won the National League Eastern Division while Glavine led the team with 15 wins.  During the months of May and June, he was 8 and 0 and with his record at 11-2 was selected to his second National League All-Star team while with the Mets.  During the postseason, he won his only start in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching six shutout innings.  In the NLCS against the St Louis Cardinals, he won the opening game of the series once again pitching shutout baseball, this time for seven innings.  But he lost the critical game five, which would have given the Mets a 3-2 series lead.  The Mets would lose the series in seven games.

Tom Glavine’s original contract with the Mets was up following the 2006 season, but sensing the Mets had unfinished business after failing to achieve their goal of a World Series title in 2006, Glavine resigned with the Mets for another year.  But by the end of the season Mets fans had wished that Tom Glavine had never worn a Met uniform.  Things were initially going well for the Mets and Glavine.  They were cruising to their second straight division title and Glavine was enjoying another solid season.  Along the way Glavine became the 23rd pitcher and just the 6th lefthander to win 300 games.  He accomplished the feat on August 5th against the Chicago Cubs.  But then it happened, with the Mets in the midst of the worst September collapse in baseball history Glavine pitched two of the worst games of his career.  First on September 25th he allowed six runs over five innings as the Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 10-9.  Than on the last day of the season with the Mets needing a victory to either win the division or force a one game playoff against the Philadelphia Phillies Glavine completely imploded.  He lasted just 1/3 of an inning allowing 5 hits, 2 walks and 7 earned runs.  The game was over before it started and the Mets season was lost. 

At that point Met fans were willing to drive Glavine to the airport as he left town.  Glavine returned to Atlanta where he pitched a half season before an arm injury ended his career,

In five seasons with the Mets Tom Glavine finished with a 61-56 record and 3.97 ERA.

While with the Mets Glavine wore number 47.

Tom Glavine also played for the Atlanta Braves from 1987-2002 and 2008. 

Tom Glavine was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

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