Aaron Sele – His New York Mets Career 2007

Aaron SeleThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Aaron Sele as a free agent on January 25, 2007.  He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen appearing in 34 games and posted 3-2 record with 5.37 ERA in 53 2/3 innings.

Sele made his Met debut on April 3, throwing the final inning in the Mets 10-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  He earned his first win on April 28 against the Washington Nationals when He pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief as the Mets won in extra innings 6-2.

2007 would be Sele’s only season with the Mets, in fact it would be his last season as a Major League pitcher.  He was granted free agency following the season but did not sign with anyone.

While with the Mets Sele wore number 30.

Aaron Sele also played for the following team:
Boston Red Sox – 1993-1997
Texas Rangers – 1998,1999
Seattle Mariners – 2000,2001,2005
Anaheim Angels – 2002-2004
Los Angeles Dodgers = 2006
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Jason Vargas – His New York Mets Career 2007

jason vargasThe Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas from the Florida Marlins prior to the 2007 season.  Vargas spent the entire season in the minors except for two games when he was used as an emergency starter for the Mets.  His first Met appearance occurred on May 17 where he gave up gave five runs over seven innings.  Vargas earned a no decision since the Mets rallied in the bottom of the 9th inning to score five runs to win the game 6-5. Vargas made one more start for the Mets on July 3, this time he gave up 9 runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings and earned the loss.

Following the season Vargas was traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of a multi-player deal.  In his two starts for the Mets he pitched 10 1/3 innings and posted an 0-1 record with a 12.19 ERA.

While with the Mets Vargas wore number 43

Jason Vargas also played for the following teams:
Florida Marlins – 2005,2006
Seattle Mariners – 2009-2012
Los Angeles Angels – 2013
Kansas City Royals – 2014-2016

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Moises Alou – His New York Mets Career 2007-2008

Moises AlouMoises Alou, the son of former Major Leaguer Felipe Alou, was a very talented All-Star outfielder when he joined the Mets as a free agent in 2007.  Unfortunately, he was also a player whose career was plagued by injuries and his stint with the Mets was no different.

Moises Alou singled in his fist at bat as a Met on Opening Day in 2007 and he would go on to hit .349 with 2 home runs and 11 RBIs in the month of April.  But with Alou hitting .318 in the middle of May he suffered a torn muscle and was sidelined until the end of July.  Alou returned to the Met lineup on July 27th and doubled in his first at bat and would go on to hit .353 for the remainder of the season.  Along the way Moises Alou set a Mets record by hitting in 30 straight games.  During the month of September while the Mets were suffering through the biggest collapse in baseball history, Alou almost single handedly carried them to the finish line, hitting .402 with 4 home runs in 18 RBIs.  But it was not meant to be as the Mets lost out on a postseason berth by blowing a 7-game lead with 17 games to play.  In just 87 games in 2007 Alou hit .341 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs.

Because of his strong finish to the 2007 season the Mets decided to roll the dice and pick up his option for 2008.  But once again injuries got in the way, Moises suffered a hernia in Spring Training and missed the first month of the season and didn’t make his 2008 debut until May 2nd.  But after playing in just 14 games he returned to the disabled list with a calf injury. While rehabbing the injury in the minor leagues Alou pulled a hamstring and was finished for the season and for his career.  Alou hit .347 while with the Mets in 2008 but appeared in only 15 games

While with the Mets Alou hit .342 in 102 games with 13 home runs and 58 runs batted in.  Met fans can only wonder what might have been if he managed to stay healthy.  A healthy Alou may have been the difference in the Mets making the playoffs instead of missing them with two straight September collapses.

While with the Mets Alou wore number 18.

Moises Alou also played for the following teams:
Montreal Expos – 1990, 1992-1996
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1990
Florida Marlins – 1997
Houston Astros – 1998,2000,2001
Chicago Cubs – 2002-2004
San Francisco Giants – 2005,2006

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Philip Humber – His New York Mets Career 2006,2007

Philip HumberThe New York Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Phillip Humber out of Rice University with the third overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft.  In his first year in the minors in 2005, he struggled over his first 15 starts posting a 2-7 record with the St Lucie Mets and Binghamton Mets.  His struggles were attributed to elbow discomfort and it was determined that he would need Tommy John surgery.  The surgery sidelined him for over a year.  When he returned in the middle of the 2006 season, he posted a 5-3 record and 2.83 ERA in 14 starts once again splitting time between St Lucie and Binghamton.

Based on his strong performance in 2006 Humber got the call to join the Mets in September and he made his Major League debut on September 24th pitching one inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.  He would make one more appearance out of the bullpen, once again throwing one inning of scoreless relief.

Humber spent the 2007 season pitching for the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Mets top minor league club where he posted 11-9 record.  He once again joined the Mets in September and pitched out of the bullpen in two blowout losses.  But on September 26th with the Mets in the midst of a pennant race and Met manager Willie Randolph wanting to give his starters an extra day of rest, Humber was tabbed to start against the lowly Washington Nationals.  It was a game the Mets desperately needed to win as they were trying to hold off the Philadelphia Phillies and avoid a late season collapse.  The Mets hitters gave Humber a five-run lead, but he could not hold it as he gave up five runs in four innings, Though Humber would get a no decision the Mets would lose the game 9-6.  The loss became symbolic of the Mets September as they blew a seven-game lead with 17 games to play and missed the playoffs by one game.

Following the season, Humber was traded to the Minnesota Twins along with fellow prospects Carlos Gomez, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra in exchange for two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.  In five games for the Mets Humber posted a 0-0 record and 7.71 ERA in 9 innings. 

While with the Mets Humber wore number 49.

Philip Humber also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 2008,2009
Kansas City Royals – 2010
Chicago White Sox – 2011,2012
Houston Astros – 2013.

 

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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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Ben Johnson – His New York Mets Career 2007

Ben JohnsonThe Mets acquired outfielder Ben Johnson along with Jon Adkins from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Heath Bell and Royce Ring on November 15, 2006.  After starting the 2007 in the minors Johnson was brought up to New York at the end of May when the Mets outfield was riddled with injuries.  He made his Met debut on May 29 against the San Francisco Giants as a late inning outfield replacement.  He went 0 for 2 at the plate.  He appeared in 8 more games before being sent back to the minors.  He batted .185 with 1 RBI.  His one RBI came on a sacrifice fly on June 2nd in the Mets 7-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Mets initially did not offer Johnson a contract for the 2008 season but then signed him to a minor league contract just prior to Spring Training.  However, injuries took their toll on Johnson and he was eventually released in May.

While with the Mets Johnson wore number 4.

Ben Johnson also played for the San Diego Padres in 2005 and 2006.

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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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Jorge Sosa – His New York Mets Career 2007,2008

Jorge SosaThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Jorge Sosa as a free agent prior to the 2007.  Sosa started the season in the minors before being promoted in May.  He made his debut on May 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings and was the winning pitcher.  Sosa would win his next two starts in fact he would win six of his first seven.  But after losing three straight starts at the end of July Sosa was moved to the bullpen.

Sosa initially had success in the bullpen but then stumbled down the stretch as did most of the Mets bullpen as the Mets suffered through one of the worst September collapses in baseball history. Sosa finished the season with a 9-8 record and 4.47 ERA.

Sosa returned in 2008 and started the season pitching out of the bullpen.  He appeared in 20 games but despite posting a 4-1 record his ERA was 7.06.  The Mets released him on May 22. 

Sosa appeared in 62 games for the Mets.  His record was 13-9 with a 4.89 ERA.

While with the Mets Sosa wore number 29.

Jorge Sosa also played for the following teams:
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2002-2004
Atlanta Braves – 2005,2006
St. Louis Cardinals – 2006
Washington Nationals – 2009
Florida Marlins – 2010

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David Newhan – His New York Mets Career 2007

David NewhanThe Mets signed David Newhan as a free agent prior to the 2007 season to serve as a utility player and pinch hitter.  After getting a hit in his first at bat as a Met on Opening Day he struggled at the plate.  With his average at .200 he was sent down to the minors in the middle of June.  After a month playing for the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Mets top minor league club, he was brought back up to New York.  But once again struggled at the plate and was once again sent down to New Orleans.  He was brought back up in September to finish out the season.  Following the season, he refused another assignment to the minors and was granted free agency and signed with the Houston Astros.

In his only season with the Mets Newhan hit just .203 with just one home run and six RBIs.

While with the Mets Newhan wore number 17

David Newhan also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1999,2000
Philadelphia Phillies – 2000,2001
Baltimore Orioles – 2004-2006
Houston Astros – 2008

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Sandy Alomar Jr. – His New York Mets Career 2007

Sandy Alomar jrThere is not much to say about the Met career of Sandy Alomar Jr., the brother of Roberto Alomar and son of Sandy Sr. The former All-Star catcher and American League Rookie of the Year ended his 20-year playing career with the Mets in 2007. He made his Mets debut on July 8th and would play in just 8 games the rest of the season. Like his father, he batted 22 times in a Mets uniform but unlike his father he did manage to get a hit, in fact he got three in total for .136 average. Sandy Jr. stayed in the Met organization following his playing career serving as the organization’s catching instructor from 2008 to 2009.

While with the Mets he wore both number 19 and 28.

Sandy Alomar Jr. also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1988,1989
Cleveland Indians – 1990-2000
Chicago White Sox – 2001-2004, 2006
Colorado Rockies – 2002
Texas Rangers – 2005
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2006

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