Terry Leach – His New York Mets Career 1981,1982,1985-1989

Terry LeachTerry Leach, a right-handed pitcher who pithed side-armed, was originally signed by the Mets as a minor league free agent on July 27, 1980. A year later he made his Major League debut on August 12, 1981 when he pitched one inning of relief in the Mets 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs, He allowed 3 hits and 2 runs.  He finished out the season with the Mets and appeared in 21 games, all but one out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-1 record with a 2.55 ERA.  He earned his first Major League win on September 9 against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.  In his only start of the season on August 15 against the Philadelphia Phillies he pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 hits and 1 unearned run.  He got a no-decision as the Mets won 3-1.

He started the 1982 season in the minors before getting brought up to New York in June.  Once again, he appeared in 21 games, all but one out of the bullpen, and posted a 2-1 record with 1 save and a 4.17 ERA.  His only start came on October 1 was a memorable one.  He pitched a complete game shutout and allowed only 1 hit and struck out 7 in 10 innings of work as the Met won 1=0.

Leach spent the entire 1983 season in the minors pitching for the Tidewater Tides.  He posted a 5-7 record with 6 saves and a 4.46 ERA.  Following the season, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, He started the 1984 season in the Cubs minor league system before being traded to the Atlanta Braves.  He didn’t last long in the Braves organization.  He was released by the Braves on May 25 and was immediately picked up by the Mets.  He finished out the season in the minors.

He started the 1985 season in the minors before once again getting called up the New York in June.  This time he appeared in 22 games 4 as a starter, and posted a 3-4 record with 1 save and a 2.91. His best performance came on August 22 when he pitched a compete game 3 hit shut out against the San Francisco Giants.

Leach started the 1986 season with the Mets but made only 6 appearances, all out of the bullpen, before being shipped back to the minors.  He posted a 0-0 record with a 2.70 innings in 6 2/3 innings.

 He spent the entire 1987 season with the Mets and enjoyed his best season with the Mets.  He started the season in the bullpen before a rash of injuries in the Mets starting staff he was forced to join the rotation.  In 12 starts he posted a 7-1 record, He finished the season with an 11-1 record and 3.22 ERA.  His best appearance came on July 2 when he pitched a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds

Leach pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 1988 appearing in 52 games.  He finished with a 7-2 record with 3 saves and 2.54 ERA in helping the Mets win the National League Eastern Division title.  In the postseason he appeared in 3 games and did not allow any runs in 5 innings of relief.  But the Mets lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.

In 1989 he appeared in 10 games before being traded to the Kansas City Royals on June 9.  At the time of the trade his record 0-0 with a 4.22 ERA.

In 176 games for the Mets over 7 seasons Leach posted a 24 and 9 record with 7 saves and 3.11 ERA.

While with the Mets Leach wore number 43 in 1981 and 1986 and number 26 from 1985 to 1986.

Terry Leach also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1989
Minnesota Twins – 1990-1991
Chicago White Sox – 1992-1993

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Akeel Morris – His New York Mets Career 2015

Akeel_MorrisThe Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Akeel Morris in the 10th round of the 2010 amateur free agent draft. After spending the 5 seasons in the minors Morris made his Major League debut on June 17, 2015 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief and allowed 3 hits and 5 runs in the Mets 8-0 defeat. It would be his only appearance in a Mets uniform. Following the game, he was sent back to the minors where he finished out the season. He started the 2016 season in the minors before being traded to the Atlanta Braves on June 8, 2016 in exchange for Kelly Johnson

While with the Mets Morris wore number 64.

 

Jim Lindeman – His New York Mets Career 1994

JIm LindemanThe Mets signed free agent Jim Lindeman on December 16, 1993. After starting the 1994 season in the minors he made his Mets debut on May 20 against the Philadelphia Phillies as a pinch hitter for pitcher Frank Seminara, for the record he walked. The next day as the starting leftfielder he went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Lindeman would go on to appear in 52 games for the Mets mainly in the outfield with an occasional stint at first base. He hit .270 with 7 home runs and 20 RBIs.

Some highlights of Lindeman’s season included a 3 for 5 performance with 2 RBIs against the Colorado Rockies on June 7. On June 11 he hit his first home run as a Met against the Montreal Expos. He went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 28.

1994 would be Lindeman’s only season with the Mets and the last of his 9-year career.

While with the Mets Lindeman wore number 29.

Jim Lindeman also played for the following teams:
St. Louis Cardinals – 1986-1989
Detroit Tigers – 1990
Philadelphia Phillies – 1991,1992
Houston Astros = 1993

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Josh Thole – His New York Mets Career 2009-2012

Josh TholeThe Mets drafted catcher Josh Thole in the 13th round of the 2005 amateur draft.  After spending 5 seasons in the minors he finally made his Major League debut on September 3, 2009 as the starting catcher against the Colorado Rockies.  He singled in his first career at bat and finished the game 2 for 5 as the Mets won 8-3.  Thole finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 17 games and batted .321 with 9 RBIs.  On September 13 he went 4 for 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Thole started the 2010 season in the minors before being called up at the end of June.  He finished out the season with the Mets and appeared in 73 games.  He hit .277 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs.  He hit his first career home run on July 20 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, an 8th inning solo shot that brought the Mets to within 2 runs in a game they lost 3-2.  On October 1 he hit a walk off home run to give the Mets a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. 

Thole spent the entire 2011 with the Mets. As their regular catcher he appeared in 114 games and hit .268 with 3 home runs and 40 RBIs.  He had a 4-hit game on August 10th against the San Diego Padres and a couple of 3 RBI games, April 26th against the Washington Nationals and May 29th against the Philadelphia Philies.

Thole once again spent the entire season with the Mets in 2012.  He hit just .234 with a home run and 21 RBIs.  But the highlight of his season came on June 1 when he was the catcher as Johan Santana pitch the first no-hitter in franchise history. 

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

In 308 games over four seasons Thole hit .261 with 7 home runs and 87 RBIs.

While with the Mets Thole wore number 30.

Josh Thole also played for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2013-2016.

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Jeff Gardner – His New York Mets Career 1991

Jeff GardnerThe Mets signed Jeff Gardner as a minor league free agent on August 28, 1984.  After spending 7 seasons in the minors he finally made his Major League debut on September 10, 1991 as the starting shortstop against the Montreal Expos.  He went 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored in the Mets 9-0 victory.  Gardner appeared in 13 games for the Mets in 1991, 8 at shortstop, 3 at 2nd base and 2 as a pinch hitter.  He batted .162 (6 for 37) with 1 RBI. 

Following the season, the Mets traded Gardner to the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor leaguer Steve Rosenberg.

While with the Mets Gardner wore number 19.

Jeff Gardner also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1992,1993
Montreal Expos – 1994

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Elvin Ramirez – His New York Mets Career 2012

Elvin RamirezThe Mets originally signed right-handed pitcher Elvin Ramirez as an international free agent on September 16, 2004.  After spending years in the Mets minor league system, he was lost to the Washington Nationals in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  A year later the Mets brought him back when they purchased his contract from the Nationals.

Ramirez finally made his Major League debut with the Mets on June 3. 2012 against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He pitched 2/3 innings and allowed 1 earned run in the Mets 6-1 victory.  Ramirez went on to appear in 20 games, all out of the bullpen, for the Mets in 2012 throwing 21 1/3 innings and posting a 0-1 record with a 5.48 ERA.

Following the season, the Mets sold Ramirez’s conract to the Los Angeles Angels.

While with the Mets Ramirez wore number 62.

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Bob Myrick – His New York Mets Career 1976-1978

Bob MyrickThe Mets selected left-handed pitcher Bob Myrick in the 20th round of the 1974 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut on May 28, 1976 pitching a 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He than would go on to appear in 21 games, all but one out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-1 record with a 3.25 ERA.  He earned his first career win on July 27 when he pitched three innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.  In his only start of the season on September 28 against the Montreal Expos, he suffered the loss.  He lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed 4 runs only 2 of which were earned.

Myrick spent the entire 1977 season and appeared in 44 games, 4 as a starter.  He posted a 2-2 record with 2 saves and a 3.61 ERA.  He earned his first win of the season on August 5 when he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the Mets 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.  His first career save came on September 18 against the Chicago Cubs.  In his 4 starts he went 0-1 with a a 7.63 ERA.

Myrick started the 1978 season with the Mets and appeared in 17 games all out of the bullpen and posted an 0-3 record with a 3.28 ERA.  He was demoted to the minors at the end of May and finished the season pitching for the Tidewater Tides where he posted a 4-8 record with a 3.83 ERA. 

He once again pitched in the minors in 1979 for the Tidewater Tides before being traded to the Texas Rangers on June 15 along with Mike Bruhert in exchange for Dock Ellis.

In three seasons for the Mets Myrick appeared in 82 games and posted a 3-6 record with 2 saves and a 3.48 ERA.

While with the Mets Myrick wore number 44.

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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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Angel Pagan – His New York Mets Career 2008-2011

MetsThe Mets originally drafted outfielder Angel Pagan in the 4th round of the 1999 amateur draft.  But after spending five years in the minors the Mets sold him to the Chicago Cubs on January 25, 2006.  After spending two seasons with the Cubs Pagan was traded back to the Mets on January 5, 2008 in exchange for minor leaguers Corey Coles and Ryan Meyers.

Pagan finally made his Mets debut on March 31, 2008 as their Opening Day leftfielder.  He went 1 for 3 with a double an RBI in the Mets 7-2 win over the Florida Marlins.  Pagan got off to a fast start by hitting safely in 11 of his first 2 games for a .381 average.  On April 10 against the Philadelphia Phillies he went 3 for 5 including the game winning hit in the 12rh inning.  However, his season was cut short on May 13 when he was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder contusion.  The injury occurred on May 7 when he fell into the stands following a spectacular catch in foul territory.  At the time of his injury he was hitting .275 with 13 RBIs.

Pagan started the 2009 started the season on the disabled list joining the club on May 16.  In his first start of the season on May 18 he went 4 for 6 but it was not enough as the Mets lost 3-2 to the Dodgers.  He continued his hot hitting over the next two weeks, hitting .333 before a groin injury sidelined him for six weeks.  He returned to the Mets on July 10 and spent the rest of the season as their everyday leftfielder.  Om August 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks he hit an 8th inning grand slam, his first home run as a Met, to propel the Mets to a 8-6 victory.  On August 5, he went 3 for 4 and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the Mets 9-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  He also hit 2 home runs in the Mets 9-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on August 23. For the season he hit .306 with 6 home runs and 32 RBIs.  He also led the team in triples with 11. 

Pagan stayed healthy for the 2010 season and had his most productive season with the Mets.  He hit .290 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs.  He led the team in hits (168), stolen bases (37) and batting average, His best game occurred on June 22 against the Detroit Tigers, he went 4 for 6 with 5 RBIs falling a home run short of a cycle in the Mets 14-6 victory.  In a three-game stretch against the Pittsburgh Prates from September 14-16, he had 8 hits and 7 RBIs. 

Pagan got off to a slow start in 2011 hitting just .159 over the first three weeks of the season before a rib injury sidelined him for a month.  When he returned on May 27 he hit safely in his first 8 games. By the end of June, he had raised his average over 100 points.  On July 20 he hit a game winning walk-off home run against the St. Louis Cardinals. Pagan finished the season with a .262 average and 7 home runs and 56 RBIs.

Following the season, the Mets traded Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez.

In 393 games for the Mets Pagan hit .284 with 24 home runs and 170 RBIs.

While with the Mets Pagan wore number 16.

Angel Pagan also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 2006,2007
San Francisco Giants – 2012-2016

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Wayne Graham – His New York Mets Career 1964

Wayne GrahamThe Mets acquired 3ed baseman Wayne Graham from the Philadelphia Phillies along with Gary Kroll in exchange for Frank Thomas on August 7, 1964.  He made his Met debut on the same day against his former team; as a pinch hitter for pitcher Darrell Sutherland and reached on a fielder’s choice in his only at bat as the Mets lost 9-4.  He recorded his first hit as a Met on August 12 an 8th inning double in the Mets 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Graham went on to appear in 20 games for the Mets and batted .091 (3 for 33).

Graham spent the entire 1965 season playing for the Mets top minor league club, the Buffalo Bisons, where he batted .243 with 3 home runs and 52 RBIs.

On February 22, 1966 the Mets traded Graham back to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Bobby Klaus and Jimmie Schaffer in exchange for Dick Stuart.

While with the Mets Graham wore number 4.

Wayne Graham also played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1963.

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