Ryan 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
Outfielder Emil Brown’s Mets career was a brief one. It lasted just three games and five at bats. He made his Mets debut as a pinch hitter for Ken Takahashi on June 4, 2009 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He grounded back to the pitcher. His only hit as a Met came in his last at bat with the team two days later. In the only game he started for the Mets Brown went 1-4 singling in the 9th inning.
After the game, Brown was sent back down to the minors and was released following the season.
While with the Mets Brown wore number 29.
Emil Brown also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1997-2001
San Diego Padres – 2001
Kansas City Royals – 2005-2007
Oakland A’s – 2008
The Mets signed left-handed pitcher Jon Switzer as a free agent prior to the 2009 season. After starting the season in the minors, Switzer joined the Mets bullpen in June. He made his Met debut on June 12th against the New York Yankees. He allowed one run over 2/3 of an inning. Switzer would appear in three more games before being shipped back to the minors where he finished out the season. At the time of his demotion his ERA was 8.10 in 3 1/3 innings. Following the season, he signed with the Houston Astros.
While with the Mets Switzer wore number 56.
Jon Switzer also played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 2003-2005 and 2007.
The Mets signed right-handed pitcher Tim Redding as a free agent prior to the 2009 season. Redding at the time was a 7 year veteran. After starting the season on the disabled list Redding made his Met debut on May 18 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He started the game and allowed 2 runs over 6 innings, but the Mets lost 3-2 in extra innings.
Redding would appear in 30 games for the Mets over the remainder of the season splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation. He earned his first win on June 22nd against the St. Louis Cardinals when he pitched 7 innings and allowed 4 runs in the Mets 6-4 victory. He finished with a 3-6 record and 5.10 ERA.
2009 would be Redding’s only season with the Mets. He signed as a free agent with Colorado Rockies during the off-season.
While with the Mets Redding wore number 44.
Tim Redding also played for the following teams:
Houston Astros – 2001-2004
New York Yankees – 2005
San Diego Padres – 2005
Washington Nationals – 2007,2008
Prior 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 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.
Marlon 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
Robinson Cancel’s Mets career can be summed up in one word – perseverance. Robinson Cancel, a catcher, made his Major League debut in 1999 with the Milwaukee Brewers, he than would spend the next eight seasons toiling in the minors with four different organizations before the Mets brought him back to the show in 2008. Nine years after last appearing in major league game Cancel made his Met debut on June 6th as a pinch hitter for Johan Santana against the San Diego Padres and grounded out to second base.
It appeared he was going to receive a ticker back to the minors when Met manager Willie Randolph put him in as a pinch hitter on June 15th against the Texas Rangers. Cancel hit a two-run pinch hit single to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. It was Cancel’s first hit in the majors since 1999. The hit more than likely saved his job as the Mets backup catcher, though it didn’t save Randolph’s as he was fired as manager the next day.
On August 11th against the Pittsburgh Pirates he hit his first and only Major League home run. Cancel would appear in 27 games for the Mets in 2008 hitting .245 with a homer and five RBI’s. Cancel did appear in one game for the Mets in 2009 but was quickly optioned back to the minors. In 28 games over two season with the Mets Robinson Cancel hit .240 with a home and five runs batted in.
While with the Mets Cancel wore number’s 4 and 40 in 2008 and number 29 in 2009.
Robinson Cancel also played for the following teams:
Milwaukee Brewers – 1999
Houston Astros – 2011
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The Mets signed catcher Ronny Paulino as a free agent on December 7,2010. After starting the 2011 season in the minors he was recalled at the end of April and made his Met debut as a pinch hitter for pitcher Tim Byrdak on April 29th against the Philadelphia Phillies. For the record, he grounded out to third. Two days later as the starting catcher Paulino went 5 for 7 and drove in the winning run with a double in the 14th inning as the Mets defeated the Phillies 2-1.
Paulino stayed with the Mets for the remainder of the season appearing in 78 games. He hit .268 with 2 home runs and 19 RBIs. He had two other games where he amassed 4 hits, June 8th against the Milwaukee Brewers where he also hit his first home run as a Met (a 3-run shot) and June 29th against the Detroit Tigers.
Following the season Paulino signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.
While with the Mets Paulino wore number 9.
Ronny Paulino also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2005-2008
Florida Marlins – 2009,2010
Baltimore Orioles – 2012
When the Mets were devastated by injuries in 2009 they were forced to dig into their minor league system to fill roster spots on the Major League level. One of the players they looked to was Cory Sullivan. Sullivan had batted .271 in four seasons with the Colorado Rockies before the Mets signed him as a free agent in 2009.
Sullivan started the 2009 season in the minors with the Buffalo Bisons where he was hitting .290 before getting the call to New York. He made his Met debut on July 22 against the Washington Nationals as their starting leftfielder and went 0 for 4. He finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 64 games and batted .250 with 2 home runs and 15 RBIs. His two home runs came in back-to-back games on September 4th and 5th against the Chicago Cubs.
Cory Sullivan left the Mets as a free agent following the season and signed with the Houston Astros.
While with the Mets Sullivan wore number 19.
Cory Sullivan also played for the following teams:
Colorado Rockies – 2005-2008
Houston Astros – 2010