Jack DiLauro – His New York Mets Career 1969

Jack DiLauroAfter spending five seasons in the Detroit Tigers minor league system left handed pitcher Jack DiLauro was acquired by the Mets prior to the 1969 season.  After starting the season with the Tidewater Tides, DiLauro made his Major League debut on May 15, 1969.  He pitched two innings and allowed one hit in the Mets 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.  From that point DiLauro appeared in 23 games, mostly out of the bullpen in helping the Mets make the postseason for the first time in franchise history.  He posted a 1 -4 record with four saves and a very respectable 2.40 ERA.  His one only victory came on July 20th against the Montreal Exp

Despite helping the Mets reach the playoffs, DiLauro did not appear in the postseason for the Mets as they went on to win the World Series.  Following the season the Mets lost DiLauro to the Houston Astros in the rule 5 draft.

While with the Mets DiLauro wore number 31. 

Jack DiLauro also played for the Houston Astros in 1970.

Greg Burke – His New York Mets Career 2013

Greg BurkeThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Greg Burke as a minor league free agent on November 7, 2012. He made the Mets Opening Day roster and made his Met debut on April 3, 2013 giving up a run in 2/3 and inning in the Mets 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres. Burke would spend the season shuffling between the Mets and the Las Vegas 51s, the Mets top minor league club.

His most productive month with the Mets came during the month of May when he made 8 appearances allowing no earned runs in 7 2/3 innings

Burke would appear in a total of 32 games for the Mets in 2013, he went 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA, striking out 28 in 31.2 innings.

He was outrighted off the roster on October 17, 2013 and elected free agency.  He signed with the Colorado Rockies.  2013 would be his final season in the majors.

While with the Mets Burke wore number 46.

Greg Burke also played for the San Diego Padres in 2009.

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Jorge Sosa – His New York Mets Career 2007,2008

Jorge SosaThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Jorge Sosa as a free agent prior to the 2007.  Sosa started the season in the minors before being promoted in May.  He made his debut on May 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings and was the winning pitcher.  Sosa would win his next two starts in fact he would win six of his first seven.  But after losing three straight starts at the end of July Sosa was moved to the bullpen.

Sosa initially had success in the bullpen but then stumbled down the stretch as did most of the Mets bullpen as the Mets suffered through one of the worst September collapses in baseball history. Sosa finished the season with a 9-8 record and 4.47 ERA.

Sosa returned in 2008 and started the season pitching out of the bullpen.  He appeared in 20 games but despite posting a 4-1 record his ERA was 7.06.  The Mets released him on May 22. 

Sosa appeared in 62 games for the Mets.  His record was 13-9 with a 4.89 ERA.

While with the Mets Sosa wore number 29.

Jorge Sosa also played for the following teams:
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2002-2004
Atlanta Braves – 2005,2006
St. Louis Cardinals – 2006
Washington Nationals – 2009
Florida Marlins – 2010

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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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Pat Strange – His New York Mets Career 2002,2003

Pat StrangeThe New York Mets selected Pat Strange out of Springfield Central High School in Massachusetts in the second round of the 1998 amateur draft.  Strange a hard throwing right handed pitcher would work his way up through the Mets minor league system, mainly as a starter, and was one of their top pitching prospects. 

After winning 10 games for the Triple A Norfolk Tides in 2002, Strange was brought up to majors for a cup of coffee in September.  He made his Major League debut on September 13th, pitching a scoreless 8th inning in the Mets 11-8 loss to the Montreal Expos.  Strange would finish out the 2002 season with the Mets pitching in five games all out of the bullpen posting a 1.13 ERA in 8 innings. 

After failing to make the Mets staff out of Spring Training in 2003, Strange once again started the season with the Norfolk Tides before being recalled to Queens in May.  He would make six relief appearances for the Mets posting an 11.00 ERA in 9 innings before being shipped back to Norfolk following his appearance on June 5th.

His June 5th appearance would be his last in the majors.  After pitching the entire 2004 season with the Norfolk Tides, where he posted a 10-9 record with a 5.25 ERA in 29 games, he was granted free agency.  Pat Strange side with the Minnesota Twins in the off-season, but developed elbow trouble in spring training which effectively ended his pitching career.

In 11 appearances with the Mets Pat Strange threw 17 innings posting a 6.35 ERA with a 0-0 record.

While with the Mets Strange wore number 38.

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Dan Murray – His New York Mets Career 1999

After spending four years in the Mets minor league system right-handed pitcher Dan Murray finally got the call to join the big club in August 1999.  He made his Major League debut on August 9th against the Los Angeles Dodgers; he pitched the final two innings and allowed three earned runs as the Mets lost 9-2.  It would be his only appearance with the Mets as he was shipped back to the minors.  On September 14th he was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitcher Glendon Rusch.

While with the Mets Murray wore number 48.

Dan Murray also played for the Kansas City Royals in 1999 and 2000.

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David Newhan – His New York Mets Career 2007

David NewhanThe Mets signed David Newhan as a free agent prior to the 2007 season to serve as a utility player and pinch hitter.  After getting a hit in his first at bat as a Met on Opening Day he struggled at the plate.  With his average at .200 he was sent down to the minors in the middle of June.  After a month playing for the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Mets top minor league club, he was brought back up to New York.  But once again struggled at the plate and was once again sent down to New Orleans.  He was brought back up in September to finish out the season.  Following the season, he refused another assignment to the minors and was granted free agency and signed with the Houston Astros.

In his only season with the Mets Newhan hit just .203 with just one home run and six RBIs.

While with the Mets Newhan wore number 17

David Newhan also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1999,2000
Philadelphia Phillies – 2000,2001
Baltimore Orioles – 2004-2006
Houston Astros – 2008

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Darren Bragg – His New York Mets Career 2001

Darren BraggThe Mets signed Darren Bragg, a journeyman outfielder, as a free agent prior to the 2001 season.  He made his Met debut on May 16, 2001; as the leadoff hitter he doubled in his first at bat.  He would appear in 18 games for the Mets, playing all three outfield positions.  But in the middle of June the Mets placed him on waivers and he was picked up by the Mets cross town rivals the New York Yankees.  At the time he was hitting a respectable .263 with five RBIs.  Four of his five RBIs came in one game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 18.

The Mets resigned Bragg following the season but released him before the season started.  He played another three seasons in the majors.

While with the Mets Bragg wore number 56.

Darren Bragg also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 1994-1996
Boston Red Sox – 1996-1998
St. Louis Cardinals – 1999
Colorado Rockies – 2000
New York Yankees – 2001
Atlanta Braves – 2002,2003
San Diego Padres – 2004
Cincinnati Reds – 2004

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Rick Ankiel – His New York Mets Career 2013

Rick AnkielRick Ankiel came up through the St. Louis Cardinals system as a promising left-handed pitcher. He finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year balloting in 2000.   But beginning in 2001 he inexplicably lost the ability to throw strikes. Not wanting to give up on his baseball career, Ankiel toiled in the minors and repositioned himself as hitter.  He returned to the Cardinals in 2007 as power hitting outfielder and hit 25 home runs for the Cardinals in 2008.

Ankiel was nearing the end of his career when the Mets in need of some offensive production signed him as a free agent on May 13, 2013.  He made his Met debut the same day as the team’s starting centerfielder against his former team the Cardinals.  He went 0-3 with walk and 2 strikeouts.  Two days later he hit his first home run for the Mets accounting for the only two runs in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis. 

However, his offensive production wasn’t living up to expectations and following a three strikeout performance against the Miami Marlins on June 8th, he was released.

In 20 games for the Mets in 2013 Ankiel batted just .182 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs.

His stint with the Mets would be his last in the majors as he retired following the season.

While with the Mets Ankiel wore number 16.

Rick Ankiel also played for the following teams:
St. Louis Cardinals – 1999-2001,2001-2009
Kansas City Royals – 2010
Atlanta Braves – 2010
Washington Nationals – 2011,2012
Houston Astros – 2013

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Frank Thomas – His New York Met Career 1962-1964

Frank ThomasAn original Met who was acquired from the Milwaukee Braves, Frank Thomas would become the first legitimate power hitter in franchise history. Thomas led the 1962 Mets with 34 home runs and 94 RBIs while hitting a respectable .266. His 34 home runs remained the franchise record until 1975 when Dave Kingman broke it with 36. Thomas also led the 62 Mets in just about every offensive category including 23 doubles, 69 runs scored and 152 hits. On April 19, he also became the first player in franchise history to hit two home runs in a game, a feat he would accomplish five times during the season. As a bit of trivia Frank Thomas also hit the first home run at the Polo Grounds for the Mets, the Mets home ballpark in 1962.

His numbers diminished in his second season with the club as he appeared in only 126 games. But he did manage to still lead the team with 60 RBIs while hitting just 15 home runs. His average remained about the same at .260.

His tenure with the Mets came to an end in the middle of the 1964 season when he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Gary Kroll and Wayne Graham. At the time, he was hitting .254 with just 3 home runs and 19 RBIs.

In his two plus seasons with the Mets Thomas hit .262 with 52 home runs and 173 RBIs.

While with the Mets Thomas wore number 25.

Frank Thomas also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1952-1958
Cincinnati Reds – 1959
Chicago Cubs – 1960,1961,1966
Milwaukee Braves – 1961,1965
Philadelphia Phillies – 1964,1965
Houston Astros – 1965

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