Angel Pagan – His New York Mets Career 2008-2011

MetsThe Mets originally drafted outfielder Angel Pagan in the 4th round of the 1999 amateur draft.  But after spending five years in the minors the Mets sold him to the Chicago Cubs on January 25, 2006.  After spending two seasons with the Cubs Pagan was traded back to the Mets on January 5, 2008 in exchange for minor leaguers Corey Coles and Ryan Meyers.

Pagan finally made his Mets debut on March 31, 2008 as their Opening Day leftfielder.  He went 1 for 3 with a double an RBI in the Mets 7-2 win over the Florida Marlins.  Pagan got off to a fast start by hitting safely in 11 of his first 2 games for a .381 average.  On April 10 against the Philadelphia Phillies he went 3 for 5 including the game winning hit in the 12rh inning.  However, his season was cut short on May 13 when he was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder contusion.  The injury occurred on May 7 when he fell into the stands following a spectacular catch in foul territory.  At the time of his injury he was hitting .275 with 13 RBIs.

Pagan started the 2009 started the season on the disabled list joining the club on May 16.  In his first start of the season on May 18 he went 4 for 6 but it was not enough as the Mets lost 3-2 to the Dodgers.  He continued his hot hitting over the next two weeks, hitting .333 before a groin injury sidelined him for six weeks.  He returned to the Mets on July 10 and spent the rest of the season as their everyday leftfielder.  Om August 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks he hit an 8th inning grand slam, his first home run as a Met, to propel the Mets to a 8-6 victory.  On August 5, he went 3 for 4 and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the Mets 9-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  He also hit 2 home runs in the Mets 9-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on August 23. For the season he hit .306 with 6 home runs and 32 RBIs.  He also led the team in triples with 11. 

Pagan stayed healthy for the 2010 season and had his most productive season with the Mets.  He hit .290 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs.  He led the team in hits (168), stolen bases (37) and batting average, His best game occurred on June 22 against the Detroit Tigers, he went 4 for 6 with 5 RBIs falling a home run short of a cycle in the Mets 14-6 victory.  In a three-game stretch against the Pittsburgh Prates from September 14-16, he had 8 hits and 7 RBIs. 

Pagan got off to a slow start in 2011 hitting just .159 over the first three weeks of the season before a rib injury sidelined him for a month.  When he returned on May 27 he hit safely in his first 8 games. By the end of June, he had raised his average over 100 points.  On July 20 he hit a game winning walk-off home run against the St. Louis Cardinals. Pagan finished the season with a .262 average and 7 home runs and 56 RBIs.

Following the season, the Mets traded Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez.

In 393 games for the Mets Pagan hit .284 with 24 home runs and 170 RBIs.

While with the Mets Pagan wore number 16.

Angel Pagan also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 2006,2007
San Francisco Giants – 2012-2016

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Gustavo Molina – His New York Mets Career 2008

Gustavo MolinaThe Mets signed catcher Gustavo Molina to a minor league contract on December 4, 2007.  He spent the 2008 season playing for the Mets top minor league club the New Orleans Zephyrs where he hit .206 in 74 games.  However, he did manage to appear in two games for the Mets in 2008.  On April 26 he was the starting catcher against the Atlanta Braves.  He singled in his first at bat and went 1 for 3 with a walk as the Mets lost 4-3.   On April 30 he was once again the starting catcher, this time he went 0 for 4 as the Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-1.

Following the season Molina signed as a free agent with the Washington Nationals.

While with the Mets Molina wore number 6 and number 29.

Gustavo Molina also played for the following teams:
Chicago White Sox – 2007
Baltimore Orioles – 2007
Boston Red Sox – 2010
New York Yankees – 2011

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Eddie Kunz – His New York Mets Career 2008

Eddie KunzThe New York Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Eddie Kunz in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut a year later on August 3, 2008 against the Houston Astros, he pitched the 7th inning in the Mets 4-0 loss allowing 1 hit.  He would go onto appear in three more games, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 0-0 record with a 13.50 ERA in 2 2/3 innings before being shipped back down to the minors.

Kunz spent the next 2 seasons pitching in the Mets minor league system before the Mets decided to cut ties with him and traded him to the San Diego Padres for minor leaguer Allan Dykstra.

While with the Mets Kunz wore number 44.

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Brandon Knight – His New York Mets Career 2008

Brandon KnightThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Brandon Knight as a free agent on May 29, 2008.  After starting out in the minors, Knight made his Met debut on July 26 against the St. Louis Cardinals.  As the starting pitcher, he threw 5 innings and allowed 7 hits and 4 runs in a game the Mets would lose 10-8 in 14 innings.  After the game, he went back down to the minors returning to the Mets in September.  He made three appearances in September 2 out of the bullpen and 1 as a starter.  He was the starting pitcher on September 17 against the Washington Nationals, he allowed 2 runs over 5 innings to earn the win.   It would be his last appearance with the Mets as he was released following the season. In his 4 appearances Knight posted a 1-0 record with a 5.25 ERA.

While with the Mets Knight wore numbers 28 and 44.

Brandon Knight also played for the New York Yankees 2001,2002.

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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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Ricardo Rincon – His New York Mets Career 2008

Ricardo RinconAfter signing with the Mets as a free agent on January 23, 2008, left-handed pitcher Ricardo Rincon spent the season in the minors before getting called up to New York in September.  He made his Met debut on September 5th, he pitched 2/3 of an inning in the Mets 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Philias.  Rincon would appear in 8 games for the Mets down the stretch, pitching a total of 4 innings while posting a 0-0 record with 4.50 ERA.

While with the Mets Rincon wore number 73.

Ricardo Rincon also played for the following teams:

Pittsburgh Pirates – 1997,1998
Cleveland Indians – 1999-2002
Oakland A’s = 2002-2005
St. Louis Cardinals – 2006

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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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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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Andy Phillips – His New York Mets Career 2008

The Mets picked up first baseman Andy Phillips off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on June 25, 2008.   He made his Mets debut on June 27 against the New York Yankees; in a game the Mets would win 15-6 Phillips pinch hit for David Wright in the 9th inning.  The next day Phillips was the starting left fielder and went 0-2.  He appeared in one more game for the Mets on June 30 and singled as a pinch hitter against the St Louis Cardinals.  Following the game, he was placed back on waivers and was reclaimed by the Cincinnati Reds.

In four games for the Mets Andy Phillips hit .200 (1 for 5).

While with the Mets Phillips wore number 29.

Andy Phillips also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 2004-2007
Cincinnati Reds – 2008

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Ryan Church – His New York Mets Career 2008-2009

Ryan ChurchRyan Church was acquired from the Washington Nationals along with Brian Schneider in exchange for Lastings Milledge prior to the 2008 season.  Playing right field Church got off to a fast start in 2008 and quickly became a fan favorite.  Over the first two months of the season he was clearly the Mets best player and seemed a shoe in to represent the Mets in the All-Star game.  He was hitting over .300 with 8 home runs and 30 RBIs in the middle of May.  But his season quickly changed at the end of May when he suffered a concussion while trying to break up a double play against the Atlanta Braves.  It was his second concussion in three months as he also suffered one in Spring Training.  From that point on he would spend two stints on the disabled list with post-concussion syndrome and when he was healthy he was not the same hitter.  He finished the season hitting .276 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs. The Mets were widely criticized for mishandling Church following his second concussion.

Church once again got off to a fast start in 2009, hitting .313 during the month of April.  But then he began to struggle once again and the Mets decided it was time to cut ties with him.  On July 10th, the Mets traded him to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who was also struggling.  Both teams rolled the dice thinking each player would benefit from a change of scenery.

Over two seasons Ryan Church appeared in 157 games and batted .278 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs.   He also became a footnote in Mets history as he was the last batter in the history of Shea Stadium in 2008.  For the record, he flew out to centerfield.

While with the Mets Church wore number 19.

Ryan Church also played for the following teams:
Montreal Expos – 2004
Washington Nationals – 2005-2007
Atlanta Braves – 2009
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2010

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