Chico Walker – His New York Mets Career 1992-1993

Chico walkerChico Walker was a nine-year veteran utility player when the Mets picked him up off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on May7, 1992. For the next two seasons he would serve in the same role with the Mets.

Walker made his Mets debut on May 8 against the Los Angele Dodgers, as a pinch hitter for pitcher Paul Gibson and walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run. He would finish out the hitting a career best.308 with 4 home runs and 36 RBIs. He also stole 14 bases. His biggest game came on August 12 when he went 4 for 4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Walker returned to the Mets in 1993 but did not enjoy the same success. He hit just .225 with 5 home runs and 19 RBIs. He did hit a home run in his final at bat of the season, which also happened to be his final at bat of his career.

The Mets released Walker following the season. In 222 games for the Mets over two seasons Walker hit .268 with 9 home runs and 55 RBIs.

While with the Mets Walker wore number 34.

Chico Walker also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 1980,1981,1983,1984
Chicago Cubs – 1985-1987, 1991,1992
California Angels – 1988

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Chan Ho Park – His New York Mets Career 2007

Chan ho parkA former All-Star pitcher Chan-Ho Park signed a minor league free agent contract with the Mets in 2007. After starting the season in the minors with the New Orleans Zephyrs, Park made his Met debut on April 30. After retiring the first eight batters he faced, Park imploded and gave up six hits and seven runs over the next two innings. He pitched worse than his final line of the night, four innings, six hits, seven runs and two walks. It would be the only game Park would pitch for the Mets. He returned to the minors and was released two months later.

While with the Mets Park wore number 61.

Chan Ho Park also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1994-2001,2008
Texas Rangers – 2002-2005
San Diego Padres – 2005,2006
Philadelphia Phillies – 2009
New York Yankees – 2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2010

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Elliot Maddox – His New York Mets Career 1978-1980

Elliot MaddoxThe Mets signed Elliot Maddox, an 8-year veteran who could play both the infield and outfield, as a free agent on November 30, 1977.  After starting the 1978 season on the disabled list with a pulled hamstring he made his Met debut on April 25 as a pinch hitter for Mike Bruhert; he reached on an error.  On April 28 he made his first start as a Met playing right field and recording his first hit, an 8th inning single in the Mets 5-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.  Maddox went onto appear in 139 games playing both the outfield and 3rd base and hit .257 with 2 home runs and 39 RBIs.  His first home run came on June 28 against the Chicago Cubs, a 2- run shot in the 9th inning that tied the game.  Unfortunately, the Mets lost the game in the 10th inning.  Maddox also enjoyed 2 4-hit games on August 9 and August 20.

Maddox returned in 1979 and appeared in just 86 games and batted a .268 with a home run and 12 RBIs.  He drove in 2 runs in the Mets 6-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on June 24. He hit his only home run on September 24, a solo shot in the Mets 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs,

In 1980 Maddox appeared in 130 games as the Mets regular 3rd baseman and batted .246 with 4 home runs and 34 RBIs.  On May 28 he hit a double with the bases loaded in the 8th inning that drove in 3 runs and tied the game at 5;the Mets went on to win 6-5 against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He also drove in 3 runs on the Mets 6-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on July 17.

The Mets released Maddox following the season ending his career.

In 335 games over 3 seasons Maddox hit .255 with 7 home runs and 85 RBIs.

While with the Mets Maddox wore number 21.

Elliot Maddox also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1970
Washington Senators – 1971
Texas Rangers = 1972,1973
New York Yankees – 1974-1976
Baltimore Orioles – 1977

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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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Jay Bell – His New York Mets Career 2003

Jay BellJay Bell was a 17-year veteran and former All-Star second baseman who was nearing the end of his career when the Mets signed him as a free agent in 2003. Bell made the Met roster out of Spring Training and was slated to be a late inning defensive replacement and pinch hitter off the bench. But it became obvious early on that Bell’s best days were clearly behind him. He appeared in 72 games, playing all four infield positions, but hit just .181 and drove in just 3 runs with only one extra base hit. His appearance with the Mets would be his last in a Major League uniform as he retired following the 2003 season.

While with the Mets Bell wore number 44.

Jay Bell also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1986-1988
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1989-1996
Kansas City Royals – 1997
Arizona Diamondbacks – 1998-2002

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Roy Staiger – His New York Mets Career 1975-1977

Roy StaigerThe Mets drafted Roy Staiger in the first round of the 1970 amateur draft with the 24th overall pick.  He spent six seasons in the minors before making his Major League debut on September 12, 1975.  As the starting 3rd baseman he went 0 for 4 as the Mets lost 5-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The next day he recorded his first big league hit, an 8th inning double.  Overall Staiger appeared in 13 games for the Mets in 1975 and batted .158 (3 for 19).

Staiger spent the entire 1976 season with the Mets.  He initially platooned with Wayne Garrett at 3rd base but when Garrett was traded in July he became the primary 3rd baseman.  He appeared in 95 games and hit just .220 with 2 home runs and 26 RBIs.  He was one of the Mets hottest hitters in the month of August when he hit .273 with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs.  He hit his first home run on August 2 against the Montreal Expos.

He started the 1977 season with the Mets but struggled at the plate and was demoted to the minors in the beginning of June.  At the time of his demotion his average was .231.  Staiger returned to the Mets when rosters expanded in September.  He appeared in a total of 40 games for the Mets in 1977 and batted .252 with 2 home runs and 11 RBIs. 

Following the season, the Mets traded Staiger to the New York Yankees in exchange for Sergio Ferrer, it was the first trade ever between the two teams.

In 148 game Staiger hit .226 with 4 home runs and 37 RBIs.

While with the Mets Staiger wore number 35 in 1975 and number 2 in 1976 and 77.

Roy Staiger also played for the New York Yankees in 1979.

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Chris Schwinden – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

Chris SchwindenDrafted in the 22nd round of the 2008 amateur draft, right-handed pitcher Chris Schwinden made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 8, 2011.  As the Mets starting pitcher he allowed 5 runs over 5 innings and was the losing pitcher as the Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5.  He made three more starts and finished the season 0-2 with a 4.71 ERA.

Schwinden made three appearances for the Mets in 2012, 2 as a starter and went 0=1 with a 12.46 ERA.  He than was farmed back to the minors where he pitched the next two seasons before being released on March 24, 2014.

In 7 appearances for the Mets Schwinden posted a 0-3 record with a 6.98 ERA.

While with the Mets Schwinden wore number 63.

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Glendon Rusch – His New York Mets Career 1999-2001

Glendon RuschThe Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Glendon Rusch from the Kansas City Royals on September 14, 1999 in exchange for pitcher Dan Murray.  He made his Met debut on September 17 pitching one inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 8-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.  It would be his only appearance on the season.

In 2000 Rusch became a member of the Mets starting rotation.  He appeared in 31 games, 30 as a starter and posted an 11-11 record with a 4.01 ERA and helped the Mets reach the postseason for the second straight season.    He earned his first win as a Met on April 22 when he pitched 7 innings and allowed 2 runs in the Mets 8-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.  On July 8 against the New York Yankees he struck out 10 batters and actually pitched a compete game but suffered the loss as the Mets lost 4-2.  On September 24 he pitched 8 innings and allowed just 1 run to earn the win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the postseason Rusch was used exclusively out of the bullpen.  He was the winning pitcher in game 4 of the League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals when he pitched three scoreless innings in the Mets 10-6 win. He made 3 appearances in the World Series against the Yankees and posted 2.25 ERA in 4 innings.

Rusch returned in 2001 and made 33 starts for the Mets and finished 8-12 with a 4.63 ERA.  The highlight of his season came on July 14 against the Boston Red Sox.  He allowed 1 hit over 8 innings and struck out 10 batters in the Mets 2-0 victory. 

Following the season, the Mets traded Rusch to the Milwaukee Brewers along with Lenny Harris and Alex Ochoa in exchange for Jeromy Burnitz, Jeff D’Amico, Lou Collier and Mark Sweeney.

In 65 appearances for the Mets over three seasons Rusch posted a 19-23 record with a 4.30 ERA.

While with the Mets Rusch wore number 48.

Glendon Rusch also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1997-1999
Milwaukee Brewers – 2002,2003
Chicago Cubs – 2004-2006
Colorado Rockies – 2008,2009
San Diego Padres – 2008

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Ed Charles – His New York Mets Career 1967-1969

Ed CharlesThe Met acquired 3rd baseman Ed Charles from the Kansas City A’s on May 10, 1967 in exchange for Larry Elliot.  He made his Met debut on May 12 as the starting 3rd baseman and number 3 hitter, he hit a sacrifice fly in his first at bat to drive in a run and finished the game 2 for 4 as the Mets lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5.   Nicknamed “The Glider” due to his slick fielding and smooth base running he served as the Mets primary 3rd baseman appearing in 101 games.  He batted .238 with 3 home runs and 31 RBIs.   He had two four hit games for the Mets in 1967, on May 22 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and August 17 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Charles returned in 1968 and was one of the most productive hitters on the team.  He hit .276 while leading the team in home runs with 15 and driving in 53 RBIs.  On May 20 he hit two home runs including the walk off game winner in the Mets 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He also hit two home runs in the Mets 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on June 6

In the Mets Championship season of 1969, he split the 3rd base job with Wayne Garrett with Charles playing against lefties and Garrett against righties.  He hit just .207 with 3 home runs and 18 RBIs.  On May 31 his 3-run home run helped propel the Mets to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.  He also hit a home run on September 24 against the St. Louis Cardinals, the game which clinched the National Eastern Division for the Mets. 

During the postseason Charles did not appear in the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves.  He did start 4 games in the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.  He batted just .133 (2 for 15).  Both his hits came in game 2 including a single in the 9th inning that started the Mets game winning rally.  He eventually scored the winning run on a single by Al Weis.  The Mets went on to win the Series in five games.

Following the season, the Mets released Charles and he decided to retire a winner.  In 3 seasons with the Mets Charles appeared in 279 games and batted .249 with 21 home runs and 102 RBIs.

While with the Mets Charles initially wore number 24 before switching to number 5

Ed Charles also played for the Kansas City A’s from 1962-1967.

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Kevin Baez – His New York Mets Career 1990,1992,1993

Kevin BaezA slick fielding shortstop with a weak bat Brooklyn native Kevin Baez had three difference stints with the Mets with his longest coming in 1993 when he appeared in 52 games.

Baez made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 3, 1990 as a late inning defensive replacement for shortstop Howard Johnson. He appeared in a total of five games for the Mets during the remainder of the season and hit .167 (2 for 12). He recorded hi first Major League hit, a 2nd inning double, on October 2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He would not appear in a Met uniform again until 1992 when he appeared in six games as a September call-up, this time he hit .154 (2-13). After starting the 1993 season in the minors, he was recalled to New York in the middle of June. He finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 52 games, but he hit just .183.

Following the 1993 season the Mets traded Baez to the Baltimore Orioles. He returned to the Mets organization in 1999 and spent 2 ½ seasons playing for their Triple A affiliate the Norfolk Tides.

In 63 games for the Mets over parts of three seasons Kevin Baez hit .179 with 7 RBIs.

While with the Mets Baez wore number 36 in 1990 and number 1 in 1992 and 1993.

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