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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Rusty Tillman – His New York Mets Career 1982

Rusty TillmanThe Mets drafted outfielder Rusty Tillman in the 10th round of the 1979 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut on June 6, 1982 when he pinch hit for pitcher Craig Swan. He singled in the Mets 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.  He appeared in three more games, all as a pinch runner before being shipped back to the minors.  He rejoined the Mets when rosters expanded in September.  He appeared in a total of 12 games for the season and batted .184 (2 for 13).

He spent the next two seasons in the minors before the Mets traded him to the San Diego Padres on March 31, 1985.

While with the Mets Tillman wore number 34.

Rusty Tillman also played for the following teams:
Oakland A’s – 1986
San Francisco Giants – 1988

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John Pacella – His New York Mets Career 1977,1979,1980

John PacellaBrooklyn native John Pacella was drafted by the Mets in the 4th round of the 1974 amateur draft. The right-handed pitcher spent 4 seasons in the minors before joining the Mets as a September call-up in 1977. He made his Major League debut on September 15 against the Philadelphia Phillies; he pitched the final two innings and allowed two unearned runs in the Mets 8-2 loss. He appeared in 2 more games and pitched a total of 4 innings and posted a 0.00 ERA.

After spending 1978 and 1979 seasons in the minors, Pacella got another September call-up in 1979. This time he appeared in 4 games, 3 as a starter, and posted a 0-2  record with a 4.41 ERA.

Pacella spent the entire 1980 season with the Mets. He appeared in 32 game splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation. He finished with a 3-4 record and a 5.14 ERA. He earned his first career win on June 27 against the Philadelphia Phillies. As the starting pitcher he threw 6 innings and allowed 5 hits and 2 runs as the Mets won 3-2.

Pacella’s biggest claim to fame as a Met was that do to his unusual delivery and speed of which he threw the ball his hat would often fall of his head after a pitch.

Following the season Pacella was traded to the San Diego Padres along with Jose Moreno in exchange for Randy Jones.

In 39 career games for the Mets Pacella posted a 3-6 record with a 4.83 ERA.
While with the Mets Pacella wore number 20.

John Pacella also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1982
New York Yankees – 1982
Baltimore Orioles – 1984
Detroit Tigers = 1986

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Rick Baldwin – His New York Career Mets 1975-1977

Rick BaldwinDrafted by the Mets in the 9th round of the 1971 amateur draft   right-handed pitcher Rick Baldwin spent 4 seasons in the minors before making his Major League debut in 1975.  Baldwin made his debut in the second game of the 1975 season; he pitched a scoreless 8th inning in the Mets 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.  He would go on to lead the Mets in appearances in 1975 with 54, all out of the bullpen, while posting a 3-5 record with 6 saves and a 3.33 ERA. His first career win came on April 17 when he pitched the final 5 2/3 innings in the Mets 14-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  He earned his first career save in the second game of a doubleheader on April 20 when he pitched the final three innings in the Mets 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. 

Baldwin started the 1976 season in the minors before getting called up at the end of May.  He made 6 relief appearances before being sent back down.  He returned when rosters expanded in September and pitched in another 5 games to end season.   For the year he went 0-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 22 2/3 innings.

In 1977 he was again started the season in the minors before being recalled at the end of May.  He made his 1977 debut on May 24 and went onto appear in 40 games posting a 1-2 record with 1 save and a 4.45 ERA.  His only victory came on June 21 when he pitched a scoreless 11th inning before the Mets scored 3 runs in the bottom of the inning against the Atlanta Braves.  His only save came during the last game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals.  It would be his last appearance for the Mets as well as for his career.  He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1977 expansion draft but never made their Major League roster.

In 105 games for the Mets he went 4-7 with 7 saves and a 3.60 ERA.

While with the Mets Baldwin wore number 45.

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Carlton Willey – His New York Mets Career 1963-1965

Carl willeyThe Mets purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Carlton Willey from the Milwaukee Braves just prior to the 1963 season.  He made his Met debut on April 11 when he pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the Mets 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves.  He then entered the Mets starting rotation and pitched a complete game shut out against the Chicago Cubs on April 24.  He won his next two starts, also complete games, and pitched another shutout against the San Francisco Giants on May 18.  He went on to appear in 30 games, 28 as a starter and finished 9-14 with a 3.10 ERA, the lowest on the team.  He also led the team with 4 shutouts.    On July 15 against the Houston Colt 45’s he not only was the winning pitcher he also hit a grand slam home run.

He started the 1964 season on the disabled list after suffering a broken jaw in spring training, He appeared in just 14 games for the season, 3 as a starter, and posted an 0-2 record with a 3.60 ERA.

Willy split the 1965 season between the minors and the Mets.  He appeared in 13 games, mostly out of the bullpen and finished with a 1-2 record and 4.18 ERA.  His only win came in his last appearance of the season and of his career, a complete game over the Philadelphia Phillies on September 25.

Willey retired finally the season.  In three seasons for the Mets Willey appeared in 57 games and went 10-18 with a 3.29 ERA.

While with the Mets Willey wore number 28.

Carlton Willey also played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1958-1962.

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Kevin Tapani – His New York Mets Career 1989

Kevin TapaniRight-handed pitcher Kevin Tapani was acquired by Mets from the Oakland A’s as part of a multi-player 3 team trade on December 11, 1997.   Tapani spent the next 1 ½ seasons in the minors before getting the call to join the Mets in July 1989.  He made his Major League debut on July 4 against the Houston Astros when he relieved Bob Ojeda in the first inning after he gave up 8 runs.  Tapani pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed 1 run as the Mets lost 10-3. 

Tapani made 2 more relief appearances and allowed 1 run in each game before being traded on July 31.  He was traded to the Minnesota Twins along with Rick Aguilera, David West, Tim Drummond and Jack Savage for Frank Viola, the defending American League Cy Young winner.

In his three appearances for the Mets Tapani posted a 0-0 with a 3.68 ERA in 7 innings.

While with the Mets Tapani wore number 26.

Kevin Tapani also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1989-1995
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1995
Chicago White Sox – 1996
Chicago Cubs – 1997-2001

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Calvin Schiraldi – His New York Mets Career 1984,1985


Calvin SchiraldiThe Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Calvin Schiraldi in the first round of the 1983 amateur draft (27th overall).  After spending the 1983 and 84 seasons in the minors he joined the Mets as a September call-up in 1984.  He made his Major League debut on September 1 against the San Diego Padres.  As the starting pitcher he lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed 4 earned runs.  He received a no-decision as the Mets won 10-6.  He went on to appear in 5 games, 3 as a starter, and posted an 0-2 record with a 5.71 ERA.

Schiraldi started the 1985 season with the Mets and earned his first career victory in season debut on April 22 despite allowing 5 runs in 6 innings.  He would appear in 9 games, splitting time between the starting rotation and bullpen before, being sent back to the minors in June.  At the time of his demotion his record was 0-2 with an 8.77 ERA.  He returned in September and appeared in one game finishing with an 8.77 ERA.

Following the season Schiraldi was traded along with John Christensen, Wes Gardner and LaSchelle Tarver in exchange for Bob Ojeda, John Mitchell, Chris Bayer and Tom McCarthy.  However, his place in Mets history was not over.  He had a successful season with the Red Sox saving 9 games with a 1.41 and helped them reach the World Series where they faced the Mets.  He was on the mound in the 10th inning of game 6 attempting to close out the series.  With the Red Sox up 5-3 he quickly got the first two batters before giving up three straight singles to Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell and Ray Knight.   He was than pulled in favor of Bob Stanley who threw a wild pitch which tied the game.  The Mets than won the game when Mookie Wilson’s ground ball went through the legs of first baseman Bill Buckner. 

He entered game 7 in the 6th inning with the score tied at three and promptly gave up a home run to Ray Knight. The Mets never looked back and went on to win the game 8-5 to capture their second World Championship.

While with the Mets Schiraldi wore number 40.

Calvin Schiraldi also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 1986,1987
Chicago Cubs – 1988,1989
San Diego Padres – 1989,1990
Texas Rangers – 1991

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Casey Stengel – New York Mets Manager 1962-1965

Casey StengelThe New York Mets knew that they were not going to win many games when they joined the National League in 1962 and therefore they also knew that they needed someone who would help them attract fans to the ballpark. That was the main reason they tabbed Casey Stengel to be their first manager. Casey Stengel had managed the New York Yankees form 1949-1960, winning seven World Series titles and ten American League Pennants. However, he was unceremoniously let go after losing the 1960 World Series. Even though he was 71 years old, he still knew the game and was still a very popular figure in New York having also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. Casey was known for his funny comments or ‘Stengelese”as the reporters called them and was always good for a quote which also helped divert attention from the inept play on the field.

During the Mets first Spring Training in 1962 Casey Stengel was looking to draw support for the team and was quoted as saying, “Come see my Amazin Mets.” The phrase stuck and the Mets would be forever known as the “Amazin Mets.” However, the only thing that was truly amazing about the Mets first year in the National League was their amazing ability to find new ways to lose games. They set a record for futility losing 120 games while winning just 40. Over the next two seasons, the Mets improved but still managed to lose over 100 games each season. However, with Casey leading the way, the fans still packed the ballpark as the Mets came to be known as “Lovable Losers.” However, in 1965 Stengel broke his hip and was forced to step aside as manager on August 30th.

Despite posting a dismal 175 and 404 record Stengel is still a beloved figure in Mets history as evidenced by the fact that the organization not only retired his number 37 but also inducted him into the Mets Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1981. In 1966, he was also inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Some of Casey’s most memorable Stengelisms while with the Mets

“Been in this game one-hundred years, but I see new ways to lose ’em I never knew existed before.”

“You have to have a catcher because if you don’t you’re likely to have a lot of passed balls.”

“You look up and down the bench and you have to say to yourself, ‘Can’t anybody here play this game?’”

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Dallas Green – His New York Mets Playing Career 1966

Dallas GreenThe Mets purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Dallas Green from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 22,1966. Green made his Mets debut the following day pitching one inning of relief in the Mets 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Green would make three more relief appearances for the Mets before being sold back to the Phillies on August 10. Overall Dallas Green pitched 5 innings for the Mets and posted a 5.40 ERA.

Dallas Green would return to the Mets years later serving as the team’s manager from 1993-1996

While with the Mets Green wore number 27.

Dallas Green also played for the following teams:
Philadelphia Phillies – 1960-1964, 1967
Washington Senators – 1965

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Pat Mahomes – His New York Mets Career 1999-2000

Pat MahomeThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Pat Mahomes, who had been pitching in Japan, as a free agent on December 21, 1998.  He started the 1999 season in the minors where he went 4-1 in six appearances before joining the Mets in May.  He made his Met debut on May 15 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He entered the game in the 4th inning with the Mets trailing 5-0 and pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief allowing the team to mount a comeback.  The Mets went on to win 9-7 and Mahomes was credited with the victory. 

Mahomes made 39 relief appearances in 1999 and posted an 8-0 record with a 3.68 ERA and helped the Mets win the National League Wild Card.  On August 1 against the Chicago Cubs he not only was the winning pitcher he also drove in the winning run with a 13th inning single.

He made one appearance in the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He appeared in game 2, the only game the Mets would lose in the series and pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed 1 run. 

Mahomes made three appearances in the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves.  During game 6 he entered the game in the 1st inning after Al Leiter gave up 5 runs.  He stopped the bleeding and went on to pitch 4 innings of scoreless relief to keep the Mets in the game.  The Mets fought back but lost the game and the series 10-9 in 11 innings.   

He returned in 2000 and appeared in 53 games.  He finished with a 5-3 record with a 5.46 ERA.   He started 5 games and went 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA.  The Mets won the National League Wild Card and made it all the way to the World Series but Mahomes did not see any action in the postseason.

Following the season Mahomes was granted free agency and signed with the Texas Rangers.  In 92 games for the Mets he posted a 13-3 record with a 4.74 ERA.

While with the Mets Mahomes wore number 23.

Pat Mahomes also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1992-1996
Boston Red Sox – 1996,1997
Texas Rangers – 2001
Chicago Cubs – 2002
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2003 

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