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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Jeff Conine – His New York Mets Career 2007

Jeff ConineLooking for an extra bat off the bench as they attempted to reach the postseason for the second straight season, the Mets acquired Jeff Conine from the Cincinnati Reds on August 20, 2007.   A 16-year veteran and former All-Star Conine was a career .280 hitter with some pop in his bat who helped the Florida Marlins win two World Series titles.

Conine made his Mets debut on August 22 pinch hitting for pitcher Aaron Sele.  He hit an RBI single in the Mets 7-5 loss to the San Diego Padres.  He would appear in 21 games for the Mets and hit just .195 with five RBIs as the Mets suffered through one of the worst collapses in baseball history and failed to reach the postseason.

Conine retired following the 2007 season.

While with the Mets Conine wore numbers 28 and 19.

Jeff Conine also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1990,1992,1998
Florida Marlins – 1993-1997, 2003-2005
Baltimore Orioles – 1999-2003,2006
Philadelphia Phillies – 2006
Cincinnati Reds – 2007

Carlos Muniz – His New York Mets Career 2007,2008

Carlos MunizDuring the month of September 2007, the Mets were in a freefall as they tried to hold off the Phillies in their pursuit of a second straight Eastern Division title.  The bullpen was in shambles and they looked for help anywhere they could find it, one of the people they looked toward was Carlos Muniz. After spending 5 seasons in the Mets minor league system right-handed pitcher Carlos Muniz made his Major League debut on September 25, 2007, he pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and allowed 2 earned runs.  He made one more appearance two days later, pitching a scoreless 9th inning in the Mets 13-0 win over the Florida Marlins. But unfortunately, the Mets lost the next day to complete one of the worst collapses in baseball history.

Muniz spent the 2008 season shuffling between triple A New Orleans and New York.  He appeared in 18 games out of the Mets bullpen and posted a 1-1 record with a 5.40 ERA in 23 1/3 innings.  His one victory came on July 12 against the Colorado Rockies. 

Muniz spent the next two seasons pitching in the Mets minor league system before leaving to pitch in Mexico.  In 20 games over two seasons for the Mets Muniz posted a 1-1 record with a 5.61 ERA. 

While with the Mets Muniz wore number 38 in 2007 and 32 in 2008.

Chip Ambres – His New York Mets Career 2007

Chip AmbresChip Ambres spent one weekend with the Mets in 2007 appearing in three games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles and was the hero of the third game he played in before being shipped back to the minors. Chip Ambres, a career minor leaguer who had a brief cup of coffee with the Kansas City Royals in 2005, would spend one season in the Mets system before leaving as a free agent.  Ambres spent the majority of the 2007 season with the New Orleans Zephyrs where he hit .274 with 21 home runs and 71 RBIs.  He was called up to the show in July and made his Met debut on July 20th. 

Ambres went just 1-3 with the Mets but his one hit was a big one as it knocked in the game-winning run in the 10th inning in the Mets 5-4 victory on July 22nd.    It would be his last appearance with the Mets, as he was sent back to New Orleans the next day.

After finishing out the season with the Zephyrs, Ambres signed with the San Diego Padres in the off-season.  He appeared briefly for the Padres in 2008 but spent the rest of his career bouncing around the minors, including another stop with the Mets. He played in 80 games for the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets top farm club, in 2009 before retiring.  In 80 games for the Bisons Ambres hit .263 with 9 home runs and 40 RBIs.

While with the Mets Ambres wore number 36

Chip Ambres also played for the Kansas City Royals in 2005 and the San Diego Padres in 2008.

 

 

Carlos Delgado – His New York Mets Career 2006-2009

Carlos DelgadoPrior to the 2005 season the Mets tried to lure Carlos Delgado to New York via free agency.  But the All-star first baseman who had hit 336 home runs over 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays decided to sign with the Florida Marlins instead.  But a year later with the Marlins conducting a fire sale, the Mets acquired Delgado in a trade.  Delgado turned out to be worth the wait.  He hit 10 home runs and drove in 21 during his first month as a Met and went on to play an integral part in helping New York make their first postseason appearance since 2000 and win their first division title since 1988.  He finished the season with 38 round trippers (which led the team) and 114 RBI’s. 

Carlos Delgado had waited 13 seasons to make it to the postseason and when he got there he took full advantage.  In his first career postseason game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS he went 4 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI’s.  He would hit .429 in the series as the Mets swept the Dodgers.  He continued his hot hitting in the NLCS against the St Louis Cardinals.  Delgado hit .304 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI’s including 2 home runs in game two.  But unfortunately, it was not enough as the Mets would lose the series in seven games.

With high expectations heading into the 2007 season injuries took their toll on Delgado.  His numbers dipped as he hit just 24 home runs while driving in only 87.  It was the first time in 11 seasons that Delgado failed to drive in at least 90 runs.  To make matters worse the Mets suffered through the worst collapse in baseball history, blowing a 7-game lead with 17 games left in the season.

Delgado got off to a slow start in 2008 and many believed his career was nearing the end, especially the boo birds at Shea Stadium.  But on June 27th against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium he broke out and set a club record for most RBI’s in a game with 9.  From that point on he single handedly carried the Mets the rest of the season.  Over the final three months Delgado hit .312 with 24 home runs and 70 RBI’s and helped put the Mets in position to return to the postseason.  But despite his heroics the Mets fell one game short.   Delgado finished the 2008 season with 38 homers and 115 RBIs to lead the team in both categories.

Expectations were once again high as Delgado and the Mets entered the 2009 season.  Delgado got off to a good start hitting .298 with four home runs and 23 RBIs over his first 26 games of the season.  But a right hip injury sidelined him in May and he was placed on the disabled list.  The injury not only ended his Met career but also his baseball career as he forced to retire due to the injury.  In four seasons with the Mets Delgado hit .267 with 104 home runs and 339 RBIs.

While with the Mets Delgado wore number 21.

Carlos Delgado also played for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1993-2004 and the Florida Marlins in 2005.

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

Jon Adkins – His New York Mets Career 2007

Jon AdkinsThe Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Jon Adkins from the San Diego Padres along with outfielder Ben Johnson in exchange for pitchers Royce Ring and Heath Bell on November 15, 2006.   He started the season 2007 with the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Mets triple A affiliate.  Adkins was called up to the Majors in July and made his Mets debut on July 27 against the Washington Nationals.  He pitched a perfect seventh inning in the Mets 6-2 loss.

It would be his only appearance in a Met uniform as he was sent back down to the minors.  Following the season, he was released by the Mets and was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds.   

While with the Mets Adkins wore number 39.

Jon Adkins also played for the following teams:
Chicago White Sox – 2003-2005
San Diego Padres – 2006
Cincinnati Reds – 2008

 

Paul LoDuca -His New York Mets Career 2006-2007

paul-loducaThe Mets acquired catcher Paul LoDuca from the Florida Marlins prior to the 2006 season.  LoDuca had the unenvying task of replacing Mike Piazza, one of the franchise’s most popular players and considered by many to be the greatest hitting catcher in baseball history.  Though Met fans would never forget Piazza LoDuca made the transition easier and quickly became a fan favorite with his fiery attitude and hardnosed play.  It also helped that he had a solid year at the plate and helped the Mets win the National League’s Eastern division.

Batting in the number two hole, LoDuca led the Mets in hitting in 2006 with a .318 average, good enough for 7th best in the National League.   He hit 5 home runs with 49 RBIs while also hitting a career best 39 doubles.  The Mets fans rewarded LoDuca for his solid play by electing him the starting catcher for the National League in the All-Star game. 

LoDuca really endeared himself to Mets fans when he yelled at Alex Rodriguez during the subway series for showing up a Mets pitcher after hitting a home run in a blowout loss. 

LoDuca caught all 10 of the Mets postseason games.  In the NLDS against his former team the Los Angeles Dodgers, he hit .455 (5-11) and drove in 3 runs.  But in the NLCS against the St Louis Cardinals, LoDuca hit just .207 (6-29) but did drive in 3 runs.  His never say die attitude was never more evident than in game 7 of the NLCS.  With 2 outs in the 9th inning and the Mets trailing 3-1 LoDuca refused to give in and worked out a walk to load the bases.  Unfortunately, Carlos Beltran struck out and the Mets season suddenly ended. 

LoDuca returned in 2007 but injuries limited his effectiveness.  His average slipped to .272 though he did manage to hit 9 home runs and drive in 54 runs.  He also recorded his 1000th career hit.

Following the season the Mets decided not to resign LoDuca and he left as a free agent and signed with the Washington Nationals.   LoDuca struggled over the next two seasons with Washington and the Florida Marlins, justifying the Mets decision.

In his 2 seasons with the Mets LoDuca hit .297 with 14 home runs and 103 RBIs. 

While with the Mets LoDuca wore number 16.

Paul LoDuca also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1998-2004
Florida Marlins – 2004,2005,2008
Washington Nationals – 2008