Scott Rice – His New York Mets Career 2013,2014

scott riceLeft-handed pitcher Scott Rice had spent 14 seasons in the minor leagues when the Mets signed him as a free agent on November 16, 2012.  Rice pitched effectively in Spring Training and made the Mets roster in 2013. He finally made his Major League debut on Opening Day pitching a scoreless inning of relief in the Mets 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres.   Rice went on to lead the Mets in appearances with 73 while posting a 4-5 record with a 3.71 ERA.  He earned his first career win on April 7 against the Miami Marlins. 

Rice returned in 2014 and made 32 appearances before being demoted to the minors in June.  He went 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA.  His only win came on May 11 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He recorded the final out of the 11th inning and earned the win when Reuben Tejada drove in the winning run in the bottom of the inning.  Rice finished out the season in the minors.  Rice spent the entire 2015 season in the minors before signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 105 relief appearances for the Mets Rice went 5-7 with a 4.18 ERA.

While with the Mets Rice wore number 56.

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Josh Satin – His New York Mets Career – 2011-2014

Josh SatinInfielder Josh Satin made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 4, 2011 against the Washington Nationals.  As the starting 1st baseman he singled in his first big league at bat and finished the game 1 for 2.  He appeared in 15 games for the Mets and batted .200 (5 for 25) with 2 RBIs.  Both his RBIs came on September 21 when as pinch hitter he doubled home two runners in the Mets 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Satin appeared in just one game and had just one at bat in 2012. On June 5 he struck out when he pinches hit for pitcher Miguel Batista.

He joined the Mets in June of 2013 and appeared in 75 games, mainly as a pinch hitter.  He batted .279 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs.  He hit his first career home run on July 3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Satin started the 2014 season with the Mets but was demoted to the minors at the beginning of May with his batting average at just .107.  He returned in September but went hitless in 10 at bats.

At the end of the season he was granted free agency and signed with the Cincinnati Reds.  In 116 games for the Mets he batted .243 with 3 home runs and 22 RBIs.

While with the Mets Satin wore number 3 in 2011 and 2012 and number 13 in 2013 and 2014.

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Mike Baxter – His New York Mets Career 2011-2013

Mike BaxterThe Mets claimed outfielder Mike Baxter off waivers from the San Diego Padres on July 22, 2011.  It was a dream come true for Baxter. As a native of Whitestone, Queens, a long fly ball from Shea Stadium, Baxter grew up a diehard Met fan and dreamed of one day playing for them.  He made his Met debut on August 8 against the San Diego Padres when he pinch hit for pitcher Ryota Igarashi.  He doubled and drove in a run to bring the Mets to within three runs in a game they would win 9-8.  Baxter would appear in 22 games for the Mets over the remainder of the season and batted .235 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs.  His one home run came on the last day of the season, a two-run shot in the 6th inning that helped cement the Mets 3-0 vctory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Baxter made the Mets roster out of Spring Training in 2012 and would appear 89 games, mainly as a pinch hitter.  He batted .263 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs.  But it was his actions on June 1 that would cement his legacy in Mets history.  It was on that day that Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history.  But if not for Baxter it might not have occurred.  In the 7th inning Baxter preserved the no-hitter by making a spectacular catch  against the wall.  Unfortunately for Baxter he injured his shoulder on the play and landed on the disabled list for two months.  He returned on July 30.  On August 4 he set a franchise record with 5 walks in a game.

Baxter returned in 2013 and again served mainly as a pinch hitter.  He appeared in 74 games but batted just .189 with 4 RBIs.  The highlight of his season came on May 7 when he hit a pinch hit walk off single to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The Mets placed Baxter on waivers following the season and he was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In 185 career games for the Mets Baxter batted .232 with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs.

While with the Mets Baxter wore number 23.

Mike Baxter also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 2010
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2014
Chicago Cubs – 2015

 

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Mike Baxter’s catch against the wall preserves Johan Santana’s no-hitter

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Frank Francisco – His New York Mets Career 2012-2013

Frank FranciscoThe Mets signed right-handed reliever Frank Francisco as a free agent on December 6, 2011. During Spring Training, he was named the Mets closer for the 2012 season and earned a save in each of the Mets first three games of the year.  By the end of June, he had 18 saves with a 1-3 record despite a 4.97 ERA.  After earning the save against the New York Yankees on June 22 Francisco was placed on the disabled list with an oblique muscle pull.  He returned in August and finished out the season posting a 1-3 record with 23 saves and 5.53 ERA in 48 games.

Francisco had surgery in the offseason to remove bone spurs which sidelined him for most of the 2013 season.  He finally made his 2013 debut on September 8 and earned the win against the Cleveland Indians. He appeared in 8 games for the season posting a 1-0 record with 1 save and a 4.26 ERA.  His only save came in his last appearance of the season on September 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.  It turned out to be his last appearance in a Mets uniform as he was granted free agency following the season and signed with the Chicago White Sox.

In 56 games for the Mets over 2 seasons he posted a 2-3 record with 24 saves and a 5.36 ERA.

While with the Mets Francisco wore number 48.

Frank Francisco also played for the following teams:
Texas Rangers – 2004, 2006-2010
Toronto Blue Jays – 2011
Chicago White Sox – 2014

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Robert Carson – His New York Mets Career 2012,2013

Robert CarsonThe New York Mets drafted left-handed pitcher Robert Carson in the 14th round of the 2007 amateur draft.  After spending 5 years in the minors Carson made his Major League debut on May 18, 2012 against he Toronto Blue Jays.  He pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the Mets 14-5 loss.  He made one more appearance before being shipped back to the minors.  Carson returned to the Mets in August and finished out the season pitching out of the Mets bullpen.  He made a total of 17 appearances and posted a 0-0 record with a 4.73 ERA.

After starting the 2013 season in the minors Carson was promoted back to New York at the end of April.  He made 13 appearances all out of the bullpen before being sent back to the minors at the end of June.  At the time of his demotion his ERA was 8.50 ERA.  He returned to the Mets in August and made his final appearance with them on August 28.  For the season he posted a 0-0 record in 14 appearances with an 8.24 ERA.

Following the season Carson was placed on waivers and was claimed by the Los Angeles Angels.  In parts of two seasons with the Mets Carson appeared in 31 games and posted a 0-0 record with a 6.82 ERA.

While with the Mets Carson wore number 73.

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LaTroy Hawkins – His New York Mets Career 2013

LaTroy HawkinsThe Mets signed journeyman right-handed pitcher LaTroy Hawkins as a free agent on January 31, 2013. He made his Met debut on April 3, 2013 against the San Diego Padres.  He entered the game in the 9th inning with the Mets leading 8-1, but he yielded 3 runs (1 earned) in 2/3 innings.   The Mets would win 8-4.  

Hawkins was used as a set-up man over the first 4 months of the season and posted a 3-2 record.  But when closer Bobby Parnell went down with an injury at the end of July.  Hawkins assumed the role of closer and saved 13 games over the final two months of the season.  Overall for the season he posted a 3-2 record with a 2.93 ERA.   

2013 would be his only season with the Mets as he signed as a free agent with the Colorado Rockies.

While with the Mets Hawkins wore number 32.

LaTroy Hawkins also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1995-2003
Chicago Cubs – 2004,2005
San Francisco Giants – 2005
Baltimore Orioles – 2006
Colorado Rockies – 2007,2014,2015
New York Yankees – 2008
Houston Astros – 2008,2009
Milwaukee Brewers – 2010,2011
Los Angeles Angels – 2012
Toronto Blue Jays – 2015

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Shaun Marcum – His New York Mets Career 2013

Shaun MarcumThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Shaun Marcum as a free agent on January 30, 2013.  He made his Met debut on April 27 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  As the starter, he allowed 3 runs over 4 innings and suffered the loss in the Mets 9-4 defeat.  Things didn’t get any better.  In his first 11 appearances, 9 of which were as a starter, he posted a 0-9 record with a 5.76 ERA.

On June 26, he pitched his best game as a Met and recorded his first and only win.  Against the Chicago White Sox, he threw 8 innings and allowed 4 hits and zero runs as the Mets won 3-0.  He appeared in 2 more games before a soldier injury ended his season. 

In his one season with the Mets Marcum went 1-10 with 5.29 ERA.  He did however strikeout 60 batters in 78 1/3 innings.

While with the Mets Marcum wore number 38.

Shaun Marcum also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 2005-2008,2010
Milwaukee Brewers – 2011,2012
Cleveland Indians – 2015

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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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Scott Atchison – His New York Mets Career 2013

Scott AtchsisonScott Atchison a journeyman right-handed reliever was signed as a free agent by the Mets on January 29, 2013. He made his Mets debut on Opening Day 2013, pitching a 1-2-3 8th inning in the Mets 11-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

He would go onto appear in 50 games for the Mets in 2013, all out of the bullpen while posting a 3-3 record with 4.37 ERA over 45 1/3 innings.  His first win as a Met occurred on July 30 against the Miami Marlins.  In a tie game he pitched a scoreless ninth inning, before the Mets scored 2 in the 10th to secure the win.

Following the season Atchison was granted free agency and he signed with the Cleveland Indians.

While with the Mets Atchison wore number 50.

Scott Atchison also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 2004,2005
San Francisco Giants – 2007
Boston Red Sox – 2010-2012
Cleveland Indians – 2014,2015

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Sean Henn – His New York Mets Career 2013

sean hennThe Mets signed left-handed pitcher Sean Henn as a free agent on April 10, 2013.  After spending the season in the minors with the Las Vegas 51’s, where he went 3 and 5 with a 2.81 ERA, he was called up to New York in September.  He made his Met debut on September 9th against the Washington Nationals, he pitched one inning and allowed no runs in the Mets 9-0 loss.  Henn would appear in three more games, all out of the bullpen, and finished with an 0-1 record and 3.38 ERA.

2013 would be his last season in the majors.

While with the Mets Henn wore number 43.

Sean Henn also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 2005-2007
San Diego Padres – 2008
Minnesota Twins – 2009
Baltimore Orioles = 2009

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