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 19th 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 7th 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 17th.  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 3rd 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 25th.

\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 and pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  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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Mike Jacobs – His New York Mets Career 2005,2010

mike jacobsAfter spending seven seasons in the Mets minor league system where he was converted from a catcher to a first baseman Mike Jacobs made his major league debut with the Mets on August 21, 2005.  In his first at bat Jacobs hit a pinch hit three run home run.  In doing so he became the 4th player in Mets history to hit a home run in his first major league at bat.

Two days later Jacobs hit his second home run and followed that up with a two home run performance on August 24.  In his first four games, he had hit four home runs.  From that point on Jacobs assumed the everyday first base position.  In 30 games for the Mets he hit .310 with 11 home runs and 23 RBIs.

It appeared the Mets had found their first baseman of the future. But when the Florida Marlins made All-Star slugger Carlos Delgado available, the Mets included Jacobs in a trade to acquire his services.

After three seasons with the Florida Marlins and one with the Kansas City Royals Jacobs returned to the Mets in 2010.  The Mets signed him to a minor league contract and he made the team out of Spring Training and was the Opening Day first baseman.  But his second stint with the Mets was not as successful.  He appeared in just seven games and hit just .208 with a home run and two RBIs.  The Mets sent Jacobs down to the minors where he played for their Triple A affiliate the Buffalo Bisons before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in July.

In 37 games for the Mets Jacobs hit .290 with 12 home runs and 25 RBIs.

While with the Mets Jacobs wore number 27 in 2005 and 35 in 2010. 

Mike Jacobs also played for the following teams:
Florida Marlins – 2006-2008
Kansas City Royals – 2009
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2012

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Shingo Takatsu – His New York Mets Career 2005

 

shingo takatsuAfter a very successful career in Japan as a closer for the Yakult Swallows Shingo Takatsu decided to try his luck in the United States.  After an unsuccessful stint with the Chicago White Sox he was released in middle of the 2005 season.  The Mets decided to take a chance and signed him as a free agent on August 12. After a brief stint in the minors with the Norfolk Tides he made his Mets debut on September 3rd against the Florida Marlins pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 5-4 defeat.  Takatsu finished the season pitching in nine games posting a 1-0 record with a 2.35 ERA.  Despite his modest success with the Mets he was granted free agency following the season and was not resigned.  He returned to Japan to finish out his career.

While with the Mets Takatsu wore number 10. 

Shingo Takatsu also played for the Chicago White Sox in 2004 and 2005.

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Marlon Anderson – His New York Mets Career 2005,2007-2009

Marlon AndersonMarlon Anderson was signed by the Mets as a free agent prior to the 2005 season with the plan to use him as a utility player and pinch hitter. He had a solid season for the Mets in 2005 hitting 7 home runs and batting over .300 as a pinch hitter.

The highlight of his 2005 season came on June 11 when he hit a pinch hit inside the park home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game against the Anaheim Angels, a game the Mets would win in extra innings.

Despite his strong season for the Mets the organization did not resign him during the off-season and he signed with the Washington Nationals.

Anderson would return to the Mets in the middle of the 2007 season when he was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his first game back with the Mets on July 19th he faced his former team and drove in two runs as the Mets defeated the Dodgers 13 to 9. Anderson would go on to have a solid rest of the season hitting .319 and driving in 25 runs in 43 games.

Anderson was once again a free agent following the 2007 season but this time the Mets decided to resign him to a two-year contract. Unfortunately, Anderson’s production fell off in 2008 as he suffered through an injury plagued season. Anderson returned for the 2009 season but was released by the organization after just 4 games.

Marlon Anderson played 257 games for the Mets and hit .253 with 11 home runs and 54 runs batted in.

While with the Mets Anderson wore number 18 in 2005, number 23 in 2007 and number 9 in 2008 and 2009.

Marlon Anderson also played for the following teams:
Philadelphia Phillies – 1998-2002
Tampa Bay Devil Ray – 2003
St. Louis Cardinals – 2004
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2006,2007
Washington Nationals – 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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