Garrett Olson – His New York Mets Career 2012

TGarrett olsonhe Mets career of left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson was very brief and very ugly.  After signing as a minor league free agent prior to the 2012 season, Olson began the season pitching for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.  When Tim Byrdak went down with an injury for the Mets, Olson was promoted to the big club and made his Met debut on August 8th against the Miami Marlins.  He pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up 3 earned runs in a game the Mets would lose 13-0.   It would be his only appearance in a Met uniform as three days later he was designated for assignment ending his Mets career.

While with the Mets Olson wore number 38.

Garrett Olson also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 2007,2008
Seattle Mariners – 2009,2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2011

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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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Zach Lutz – His New York Mets Career 2012,2013

Zach LutzAfter spending 5 seasons in the Mets minor league system, infielder Zach Lutz finally made his Major League debut on April 24, 2012 against the Miami Marlins as pinch hitter for pitcher Ramon Ramirez. For the record, he struck out.  He appeared in three more games for the Mets before being shipped back to the minors.  On April 27 as the starting first baseman against the Colorado Rockies he recorded his first Major League hit, a single.  Lutz returned to the Mets in September and went 0 for 3 as a pinch hitter.

Lutz spent most of the 2013 season in the minors but did appear in 15 games for the Mets, mainly in September when rosters expanded.  He hit .300 (6 for 20) and drove in 2 runs. 

He returned to the minors in 2014 but was released by the Mets in the middle of June.  In 22 games for the Mets over 2 seasons, he hit .226 with 2 RBIs.

While with the Mets Lutz wore number 19.

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Kelly Shoppach – His New York Mets Career 2012

kelly shoppachThe Mets acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Boston Red Sox on August 14, 2012 from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Pedro Beato.  He made his Met debut on August 16th as the starting catcher against the Cincinnati Reds, he went 0 for 3.  He would go on to appear in 28 games for the Mets, hitting .203 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.  His most productive day with the Mets occurred on August 28th against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went 3 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBIs as the Mets won 9-5.

Following the season, he was granted free agency and signed with the Seattle Mariners.

While with the Mets Shoppach wore number 6.

Kelly Shoppach also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 2005,2012
Cleveland Indians – 2006-2009,2013
Tampa Bay Rays – 2010,2011
Seattle Mariners – 2013

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Ronny Cedeno – His New York Mets Career 2012

Ronny CedenoThe Mets signed Ronny Cedeno, a journeyman shortstop, as a free agent on January 6, 2012.  Cedeno would spend the 2012 season serving as a reserve infielder for the Mets.  He would appear in 78 games and hit .259 with 4 home runs and 22 RBIs.  His first home run as a Met occurred on May 17, a three-run homer in the 8th inning that help propel the Mets to a 9-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Cedeno’s most productive day with the Mets came on August 2 against the San Francisco.  In the Mets 9-1 victory Cedeno went 3-5 with two doubles and 5 RBIs.

Following the season Cedeno signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent. 

While with the Mets Cedeno wore number 13.

Ronny Cedeno also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 2005-2008
Seattle Mariners – 2009
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2009-2011
San Diego Padres – 2013
Houston Astros – 2013
Philadelphia Phillies – 2014

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Miguel Batista – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

miguel BatistaThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Miguel Batista as a free agent on July 1, 2011 following his release from the St. Louis Cardinals.  The 15-year veteran immediately reported to the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets triple A affiliate, where he appeared in 10 games and posted a 3-0 record.  On September 1 he was recalled to the big club and made his Met debut against the Florida Marlins.  He started the game and pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs to earn the victory.  Batista finished out season with the Mets as both a starter and reliever appearing in 9 games.  He pitched effectively and finished with a 3-0 record and 2.64 ERA.

Batista returned to the Mets in 2012 and appeared in 30 games, all but 5 out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-3 record with a 4.82 ERA before being released on July 26, 2012.  His only victory occurred on May 14 against the Milwaukee Brewers when he started and pitched 7 shutout innings.

In two seasons Batista appeared in 39 games and posted a 3-3 record with a 3.96 ERA.

While with the Mets Batista wore number 47.

Miguel Batista also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1992
Florida Marlins – 1996
Chicago Cubs – 1997
Montreal Expos – 1998-2000
Kansas City Royals – 2000
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2001-2003,2006
Toronto Blue Jays – 2004,2005
Seattle Mariners – 2007-2009
Washington Nationals – 2010
St. Louis Cardinals – 2011
Atlanta Braves – 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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Pedro Beato – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

pedro-beatoThe Mets drafted Pedro Beato in the Rule 5 draft from the Baltimore Orioles on December 9, 2010.  The right-handed reliever made his Mets as well as his major league debut on Opening Day, April 1, 2011.  He pitched 2 innings and allowed 3 hits and no runs in the Mets 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Florida Marlins.  In his first 18 23 innings, Beato allowed no earned runs, setting the Mets franchise record for longest scoreless inning streak to start a career. During that stretch he allowed only 9 hits and three walks.

Beato would appear in 60 games for the Mets all out of the bullpen in 2011.  He posted a 2-1 record with a 4.30 ERA.  His earned his first major league win on April 27 against the Washington Nationals. 

Beato started the 2012 season in the minors before being recalled to the Mets in July.  Beato appeared in 7 games and posted a 10.38 ERA before being traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for catcher Kelly Shoppach.

Pedro Beato appeared in 67 games over two seasons for the Mets and recorded a 2-1 record with a 4.67 ERA.

While with the Mets Beato wore number 27.

Pedro Beato also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 2012,2013
Atlanta Braves – 2014

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Vinny Rottino – His New York Mets Career 2012

vinny-rottinoThe Mets signed Vinny Rottino to a minor league contract prior to the 2012 season.  After starting the season with the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets Triple A affiliate, Rottino was called up to the big club in May.  He made his Met debut on May 4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks as a pinch hitter for pitcher Dillon Gee, for the record he grounded out to second base.  He would go on to appear in 18 game for the Mets, playing outfield first base an third, before being placed on waivers and claimed by the Cleveland Indians on June 27.  At the time of his release he was hitting .182 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs.

On May 26th, he hit his first career home run, a solo shot in the Mets 9-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.  Two days later he hit a 2-run shot against the Philadelphia Phillies.

White with the Mets Rottino wore number 33.

Vinny Rottino also played for the following teams:

Milwaukee Brewers – 2006-2008
Florida Marlins – 2011
Cleveland Indians – 2012