Mike Nickeas – His New York Mets Career 2010,2011,2012

Mike NickeasThe New York Mets acquired catcher Mike Nickeas from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Victor Diaz on August 30, 2006.  After spending five seasons in the minors Nickeas finally made his Major League debut on September 4, 2010 against the Chicago Cubs.  As the starting catcher he went 0-2 at the plate.  He would appear in five games for the Mets down the stretch at batted .200 (2 for 10).  Both of his hits came in the same game on September 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Nickeas started the 2011 season with the Mets, appearing in 8 games before being demoted to the minors at the end of April.  At the time he was hitting .250 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs. His first home run came on April 21st in 9-1 win over the Houston Astros.  Nickeas returned to the Mets at the end of the season.  He appeared in another 13 games and finished with a .189 average (10 for 53).

He spent the majority of the 2012 season with the Mets appearing in 47 games and batted .174 with 1 home run and 13 RBIs.  His 1 home run was a grand slam in the Mets 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres on May 26.

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

In 73 total games over 3 seasons with the Mets Nickeas hit .180 with 2 home runs and 19 RBIs.

While with the Mets Nickeas wore number 13 in 2010 and 2011 and number 4 in 2012.

Mike Nickeas also played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.

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Henry Blanco – His New York Mets Career 2010

Henry BlancoThe Mets signed journeyman catcher Henry Blanco as a free agent on December 4,2009. He made his Met debut on April 5, 2010 as the starting catcher against the Washington Nationals.  He went 0 for 2 but did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the Mets 4-3 loss.  He would appear in 50 games for the Mets in 2010, hitting .215 with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs.

The highlight of his season came on May 8th against the San Francisco Giants when he went 3 for 5 and won the game with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

2010 would be Blanco’s only season with the Mets as he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason.

White with the Mets Blanco wore number 4.

Henry Blanco also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1997
Colorado Rockies – 1999
Milwaukee Brewers – 2000,2001
Atlanta Braves – 2002,2003
Minnesota Twins – 2004
Chicago Cubs – 2005-2008
San Diego Padres – 2009
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2011,2012
Seattle Mariners – 2013
Toronto Blue Jays – 2013
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Manny Acosta – His New York Mets Career 2010-2012

Manny AcostaThe Mets claimed right-handed pitcher Manny Acosta off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on March 30, 2010.  After starting the season in the minors Acosta made his Met debut on April 21 against the Chicago Cubs.  He allowed 3 runs over 1 1/3 innings in the Mets 9-3 loss.  He earned his win as a Met three days later when he pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Atlanta Braves.  He would go on to appear in 41 games for the Mets in 2010 posting a 3-2 record with 1 save and a 2.95 ERA.  His only save came on August 18th against the Houston Astros when he pitched a scoreless 14th inning to protect the Mets 3-2.

Acosta started the 2011 season in the minors before joining the Mets in June   He would appear in 44 games posting a 4-1 record with 4 saves and 3.45 ERA.  Following the trade of Francisco Rodriguez, he was often used as the team’s closer. 

He returned in 2012 but suffered through his worst season as a Met.  He went 1-3 in 45 games with one save and posted an astronomical ERA of 6.46. 

Following the season, he was granted free agency and opted to take his right arm to Japan.  In 130 relief appearances for the Mets over 3 season he recorded a 8-6 record with 6 saves and 4.37 ERA.

While with the Mets Acosta wore 36 in 2010 and number 46 in 2011 and 2012.

Manny Acosta also played for the Atlanta Braves from 2007-2009.

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Frank Catalanotto – His New York Mets Career 2010

Frank CatalonottoLong Island native Frank Catalanotto was a 13-year veteran who was looking to play one more season when the Mets invited him to Spring Training in 2010.  Catalanotto surprised everyone and had a solid spring and earned his way on to the Mets Opening Day roster.  Unfortunately, his spring didn’t carry over to the regular season.  Used primarily as a left handed pinch hitter Catalanotto struggled at the plate and was released in the middle of May ending his career.  In 25 games for the Mets he hit .160 (4 for 25) with one RBI.

While with the Mets Catalanotto wore number 27. 

Frank Catalanotto also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1997-1999
Texas Rangers – 2000-2002, 2007,2008
Toronto Blue Jays – 2003-2006
Milwaukee Brewers – 2009

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Mike Jacobs – His New York Mets Career 2005,2010

mike jacobsAfter spending seven seasons in the Mets minor league system where he was converted from a catcher to a first baseman Mike Jacobs made his major league debut with the Mets on August 21, 2005.  In his first at bat Jacobs hit a pinch hit three run home run.  In doing so he became the 4th player in Mets history to hit a home run in his first major league at bat.

Two days later Jacobs hit his second home run and followed that up with a two home run performance on August 24.  In his first four games, he had hit four home runs.  From that point on Jacobs assumed the everyday first base position.  In 30 games for the Mets he hit .310 with 11 home runs and 23 RBIs.

It appeared the Mets had found their first baseman of the future. But when the Florida Marlins made All-Star slugger Carlos Delgado available, the Mets included Jacobs in a trade to acquire his services.

After three seasons with the Florida Marlins and one with the Kansas City Royals Jacobs returned to the Mets in 2010.  The Mets signed him to a minor league contract and he made the team out of Spring Training and was the Opening Day first baseman.  But his second stint with the Mets was not as successful.  He appeared in just seven games and hit just .208 with a home run and two RBIs.  The Mets sent Jacobs down to the minors where he played for their Triple A affiliate the Buffalo Bisons before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in July.

In 37 games for the Mets Jacobs hit .290 with 12 home runs and 25 RBIs.

While with the Mets Jacobs wore number 27 in 2005 and 35 in 2010. 

Mike Jacobs also played for the following teams:
Florida Marlins – 2006-2008
Kansas City Royals – 2009
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2012

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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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Rod Barajas – His New York Mets Career 2010

rod-barajasThe Mets signed journeyman catcher Rod Barajas as a free agent prior to the 2010 season.  He made his Met debut as the teams opening day catcher on April 5th against the Florida Marlins and promptly went 2 for 4 with an RBI.  As the teams regular catcher Barajas had three multi-home run games during the first five weeks of the season.  On May 7 against the San Francisco Giants his second home run of the game was a walk off game winner.  It was also the first walk-off home run in the brief history of Citi Field.

With his production starting to diminish the Mets placed Barajas on waivers on August 22 and he was promptly picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers where he finished out the season.

During his one season with the Mets Barajas appeared in 74 games and hit .225 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI’s.

While with the Mets Barajas wore number 21.

Rod Barajas also played for the following teams:
Arizona Diamondbacks – 1999-2003
Texas Rangers – 2004-2006
Philadelphia Phillies – 2007
Toronto Blue Jays – 2008,2009
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2010,2011
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2012

Ike Davis – His New York Mets Career 2010-2014

Ike Davis.jpgThe son of former Major League pitcher Ron Davis, Ike Davis was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft.  Davis made his major-league debut with the Mets on April 19, 2010 as their starting first baseman.   Ike singled in his first at-bat and finished the game 2 for 4 with an RBI in the Mets 6-1victory over the Chicago Cubs.  

Davis finished out the season as the Mets everyday first baseman and quickly became a fan favorite not only for his bat but also his slick fielding.  Met fans especially grew to love his spectacular catches of foul pop-ups, in which he braced himself against the railing in front of the first base dugout, and then flipped over the railing as he caught the ball. He hit his first major league home run on April 23 against the Atlanta Braves and twice hit 2 home runs in a game, May 7 against the San Francisco Giants and July 17th also against the Giants.  On June 8th against the San Diego Padres, Davis hit a walk off home run in the 11th inning.  Davis finished out the 2010 season with 19 home runs and 71 RBIs and a .264 average.

Based on his 2010 performance big things were expected of Davis in 2011.  At first Davis did not disappoint, he drove in at least one run in 9 of his first 10 games.   Davis was hitting .302 with 7 home run and 25 RBIs when his season was cut short by a freak accident on May 10.  On a routine pop up near the pitcher’s mound third baseman David Wright stepped on Ike’s left ankle.  At first the injury did not appear serious, but it would eventually require season ending surgery.

Davis returned in 2012 hoping to forget about 2011.  But he got off to a slow start by going 0-18 to start the season.  Davis continued to struggle for much of the first half of 2012 and was hitting just .198 at the end of June.  During that time, he did manage to hit his first grand slam on June 18th against the Baltimore Orioles.  Davis hit much better in the second half of the season.  Though he hit just .227 for the season he did manage to hit 32 home runs to lead the team and drive in 90 RBIs.  Davis also became the 9th player in franchise history to hit 3 home run in one game, he accomplished the feat on July at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Davis started out the 2013 season much like 2012.  With his average at just .161 he was sent down to the minors at the beginning of June.  When he returned in July his bat began to heat up and he hit .286 during the second half of the season.  He finished the season with a .205 average with 9 home runs and 33 RBIs.

Davis was the Mets opening day first baseman in 2014, but it was soon announced that the bulk of the first base duties would be given to Lucas Duda.  On April 5th Davis hit a pinch-hit game winning grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds. It would be the last hurrah of his Mets career as he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18th.

In 454 games over 5 seasons Davis hit .241 with 68 home runs and 224 RBIs.

While with the Mets Davis wore number 29.

Ike Davis also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2014
Oakland A’s – 2015
New York Yankees – 2016

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