Mike Pelfrey – His New York Mets Career 2006-2012

Mike PelfreyRight-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey was the Mets number one pick (9th overall) in the 2005 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut a year later on July 8 against the Florida Marlins.  He allowed 3 runs over 5 innings and was the winning pitcher as the Mets cruised to a 17-3 victory.  He also won his next start on July 18.  Overall, he made four starts for the Mets in 2006 and went 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA.

Pelfrey made the Mets starting rotation out of Spring Training.  He received a no-decision in his first start of the season, a Mets 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals.  But he than lost his next five starts and with his ERA at 6.53 was demoted to the minors.  He returned in July and made 4 starts but with similar results and with his record at 0-7 was once again demoted.  He returned when rosters expanded in September and pitched well posting a 3-1 record.  For the season he went 3-8 with a 5.57 ERA.

Pelfrey was slotted to be the Mets number 5 starter in 2008 and spent the entire season with the team.  After starting the season 2-6 Pelfrey hit his stride in June.  From June to the end of August he went 11-2 in 17 starts.   He was named the National League player of the week for the week ending July 13.  In two starts he pitched 15 shutout innings and allowed just 9 hits.  He threw his first career complete game on August 20, a three hitter against the Atlanta Braves and followed that up with another complete game against the Houston Astros on August 25.  For the season Pelfrey finished 13-11 with a 3.72 ERA.

In 2009 Pelfrey had the honor of starting the first game at the Mets new ballpark CitiField.  He gave up a leadoff home run and five earned runs as the Mets lost 6-5 to the San Diego Padres.   For the season he went 10-12 with a 5.03 ERA.  His best appearance came on September 6 when he allowed just 5 hits and 1 run over 8 innings as the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.

2010 turned out to be Pelfrey’s best season while with the Mets.  He started the season 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA.  He even heard a save on April 17 when he pitched the 20th inning in the Mets 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  By the end of June his record was 10-2.   He finished the season 15-9 with a 3.64 ERA. His 15 wins were the most on the team.

Unfortunately, his 2011 season was a disappointment.  He posted a 7-13 record with a 4.74 ERA.  His best outing came on June 18 when he pitched a complete game and allowed just 5 hits and 1 run against the Los Angeles Angels. He also earned another complete game victory on July 27 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Pelfrey started 3 games in 2012 but than was shut down for the season when it was determined that he would need Tommy John surgery on his elbow.  The surgery ended his Mets career; after the season he was granted free agency and he signed with the Minnesota Twins.

Over 7 seasons with the Mets Pelfrey went 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA.

While with the Mets Pelfrey wore number 34.

Mike Pelfrey also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 2013-2015
Detroit Tigers – 2016
Chicago White Sox – 2017

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Gary Sheffield – His New York Mets Career 2009

Gary SheffieldGary Sheffield, the nephew of Mets great Dwight Gooden, was nearing the end of his 21-year career when the Mets signed him as a free agent following his release from the Detroit Tigers during spring training in 2009. The Mets had planned to use Sheffield mainly as a pinch hitter, but he would become more of an everyday player due to various injuries to members of the Mets outfield.

After going hitless in his first seven at-bats, Sheffield’s first hit as Met turned out to be an historic one. On April 17 his pinch-hit home run against the Milwaukee Brewers not only tied the game at four, it was also the 500th of his career. Sheffield became the 25th player in Major League history to reach 500 home runs and the first player to do so in a Mets uniform.

Sheffield would finish out the season appearing in 100 games for the Mets. He hit .276 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs.

Sheffield was granted free agency following the season but was not picked up by another team thus ending his 22-year career.

While with the Mets Sheffield wore number 10.

Gary Sheffield also played for the following teams:
Milwaukee Brewers – 1988-1991
San Diego Padres – 1992,1993
Florida Marlins – 1993-1998
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1998-2001
Atlanta Braves – 2002,2003
New York Yankees – 2004-2006
Detroit Tigers – 2007,2008
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Elmer Dessens – His New York Mets Career 2009,2010

San Diego Padres  v New York MetsElmer Dessens was a 12-year journeyman pitcher when the Mets signed him as a free agent on February 5, 2009. After starting the season in the minors Dessens made his Mets debut on June 23 and pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief against the St Louis Cardinals, a game the Mets lost 3-0. Dessens would appear in 28 games for the Mets in 2009 all out of the bullpen. His record was 0-0 with a 3.31 ERA.

The Mets resigned Dessens in 2010 and he once again started the season in the minors before making his season debut on May 21. Once again, he would pitch exclusively out of the bullpen appearing in 53 games. He quietly went about his business and finished the season with a 4-2 record and 2.30 ERA.

Following the season Dessens signed as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants.

In two seasons for the Mets Dessens posted a 4-2 record with a 2.71 ERA in 81 relief appearances.

While with the Mets Dessens wore number 64.

Elmer Dessens also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1996-1998
Cincinnati Reds – 2000-2002
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2003,2004
Los Angeles Dodger – 2004-2006
Kansas City Royals – 2006
Milwaukee Brewers – 2007
Colorado Rockies – 2007
Atlanta Braves – 2008

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Josh Thole – His New York Mets Career 2009-2012

Josh TholeThe Mets drafted catcher Josh Thole in the 13th round of the 2005 amateur draft.  After spending 5 seasons in the minors he finally made his Major League debut on September 3, 2009 as the starting catcher against the Colorado Rockies.  He singled in his first career at bat and finished the game 2 for 5 as the Mets won 8-3.  Thole finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 17 games and batted .321 with 9 RBIs.  On September 13 he went 4 for 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Thole started the 2010 season in the minors before being called up at the end of June.  He finished out the season with the Mets and appeared in 73 games.  He hit .277 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs.  He hit his first career home run on July 20 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, an 8th inning solo shot that brought the Mets to within 2 runs in a game they lost 3-2.  On October 1 he hit a walk off home run to give the Mets a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. 

Thole spent the entire 2011 with the Mets. As their regular catcher he appeared in 114 games and hit .268 with 3 home runs and 40 RBIs.  He had a 4-hit game on August 10th against the San Diego Padres and a couple of 3 RBI games, April 26th against the Washington Nationals and May 29th against the Philadelphia Philies.

Thole once again spent the entire season with the Mets in 2012.  He hit just .234 with a home run and 21 RBIs.  But the highlight of his season came on June 1 when he was the catcher as Johan Santana pitch the first no-hitter in franchise history. 

Following the season, the Mets traded Thole to the Toronto Blue Jays along with R.A. Dickey and Mike Nickeas in exchange for John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard and Wullmer Becerra.

In 308 games over four seasons Thole hit .261 with 7 home runs and 87 RBIs.

While with the Mets Thole wore number 30.

Josh Thole also played for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2013-2016.

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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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Tobi Stoner – His New York Mets Career 2009,2010

Tobi StonerThe Mets selected right-handed pitcher Tobi Stoner in the 16th round of the 2006 amateur draft.  After spending 4 seasons in the minors he made his Major League debut on September 9, 2009.  He pitched one inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 13-4 loss to the Florida Marlins.  He appeared in 3 more games and posted a 0-0 record with a 4.00 ERA in 9 innings. 

Stoner appeared in one game for the Mets in 2010.  He allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings and was the losing pitcher in the Mets 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  He spent he reminder of the season in the minors as well as the 2011 season before being released on March 26, 2012.

In 5 appearances over 2 seasons Stoner posted a 0-1 record with a 3.97 ERA.

While with the Mets Stoner wore number 29.

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Sean Green – His New York Mets Career 2009-2010

Sean GreenThe Mets acquired right-handed reliever Sean Green from the Seattle Mariners as part of 12 player 3 team trade on December 11, 2008. He made his Met debut on Opening Day 2009 pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. He would go on to appear in 79 games for the season finishing with a 1-4 record with 1 save and a 4.52 ERA. He earned his only victory of the season on June 5 against the Washington Nationals when he pitched a scoreless 9th inning in the Mets 3-1 10 inning win. His only save came against the Houston Astros on July 26 when he pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.

Green returned to the Mets in 2010. He made one appearance in April but was quickly sidelined with a rib injury. He would not return until September He appeared in 10 games in the final month of the season, finished with 0-0 record and 3.86 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.

Following the season Green signed with the Milwaukee Brewers a free agent. Over two seasons he appeared in 90 games posting a 1-4 record with 1 save and a 4.44 ERA.

While with the Mets Green wore number 50.

Sean Green also played for the Seattle Mariners from 2006-2008 and Milwaukee Brewers in 2011.

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Jeremy Reed – His New York Mets Career 2009

Jeremy ReedJeremy Reed was acquired from the Seattle Mariners as part of a three team multi player trade on December 11, 2008.  He made his Met debut on as late inning defensive replacement on Opening Day 2009 playing leftfield.  He served primarily as a fourth outfielder and occasional first baseman, appearing in 126 games.  He hit .242 for the season with 9 RBIs.   His bet day with the Met occurred on June 2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he went 3 for 3 in a game the Mets would lose 3-1.

He was granted free agency following the season and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

While with the Mets Reed wore number 18.

Jeremy Reed also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 2004-2008
Toronto Blue Jays – 2010
Milwaukee Brewers – 2011

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Casey Fossum – His New York Mets Career 2009

Casey_FossumThe Mets signed left-handed pitcher Casey Fossum prior to the 2009 season.  He started the season in the minors before getting the call to New York at the end of April.  Fossum made his Met debut on April 21 and pitched a 1/3 of an inning of relief in the Mets 6-4 loss to the Cardinals.  He made two more relief appearances before being released on April 30.  In his three appearances Fossum threw four innings and posted a 2.25 ERA

Fossum returned to the Mets organization in 2011 but pitched the entire season in the minors.

While with the Mets Fossum wore number 47.

Casey Fossum also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 2001-2003
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2004
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2005-2007
Detroit Tigers – 2008

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Andy Green – His New York Mets Career 2009

andy greenThe Mets signed infielder Andy Green as a free agent on July 2, 2008.  He immediately reported to the Mets Triple A affiliate the New Orleans Zephyrs where he hit .331 over 52 games.  He started the 2009 season in the minors before getting called up to New York in August.  He made his Met debut on August 17 as a pinch hitter for pitcher Nelson Figueroa, he walked.  He appeared in 3 more games and batted .250 (1 for 4) before returning to the minors.  Green stayed in the Met organization in 2010 but did not return to the majors.  He was released by the Mets on November 5,2010

While with the Mets Green wore number 29.

Andy Green also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2004-2006.

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