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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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.

Brady Clark – His New York Mets Career 2002,2008

The New York Mets acquired outfielder Brady Clark along with Pedro Feliciano and Raul Gonzalez from the Cincinnati Reds on August 15, 2002 in exchange for Shawn Estes.  However, Clark would not make his Met debut until September 11th when he pinch ran for Jason Phillips.  He would finish out the season with Mets as a late inning defensive replacement and pinch hitter.  He wound up hitting .417 in his ten games due in large part to his 3 for 3 performance in his only start with the Mets on September 28th. 

Following the season Clark was claimed on waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers where he played for the next four seasons until moving on to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.  He returned to the Mets in 2008 when the Mets signed him to a minor league free agent contract.  After a strong Spring Training and with Moises Alou starting the season on the disabled list, Clark made the Mets Opening Day roster.  He would appear in eight games for the Mets in the month of April before being designated for assignment when Alou returned from the DL. Clark was hitting .250 (2 for 8) at the time of his demotion.  He reported to the Mets Triple A affiliate the New Orleans Zephyrs but appeared in just six games before becoming injured. The injury shut down Clark for the season.

The 2008 season would be his last season in the Majors.  In 17 games for the Mets Clark hit .350 (7 for 20) with two RBIs. 

While with the Mets Clark wore number 15 in 2002 and 44 in 2008. 

Brady Clark also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 2000-2002
Milwaukee Brewers – 2003-2006
San Diego Padres – 2007
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2007

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.

Nick Evans – His New York Mets Career 2008-2011

Nick EvansNick Evans was drafted by the Mets in the 5th round of 2004 amateur draft and spent the next 4 years in their minor league system before making his Major League debut on May 25, 2008.  As the Mets starting leftfielder he broke in with a bang going 3-4 with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs in the 9-7 win over the Colorado Rockies.  He not only tied the franchise record for doubles in a game, but also became just the second player in Major League history to record 3 double in their debut.  Unfortunately for Evans that would be the highlight of his 4 seasons with the Mets, 4 seasons in which he shuffled back and forth between the Mets and the minor leagues.

He hit his first Major League home run on August 31, 2008 in the Mets 6-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.  Overall Evans would play 159 games for the Mets from 2008-2011, with his most productive season coming in 2011.  During that season, he hit 4 home runs and drove in 25 runs.  

Evans was granted free agency following the 2011 season and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He finished his Mets career with a .256 batting average and 8 home runs and 46 RBIs.

While with the Mets Evans wore number 6.

Nick Evans also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.

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