Larry Stahl – His New York Mets Career 1967,1968

Larry StahlThe Mets purchased the contract of Larry Stahl from the Kansas City A’s on October 17, 1966.  He made his Met debut on April 13, 1967 as a pinch hitter for Bus Harrelson, he grounded out to second.  Playing all three outfield positions Stahl would go on to appear in 71 games and hit .239 with 1 home run and 18 RBIs. His one home came on July 13 against the Cincinnati Reds, it was a three-run homer that gave the Mets a 7-0 in a game they would win 7-3.

Stahl started the 1968 season in the minors before getting recalled in July.  He hit safely in 15 of his first 21 games.  He would go on to appear in 53 games for the season, playing outfield and first base, and hit .235 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.  

Following the season Stahl was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the National League expansion draft.  In 124 games over two seasons he hit .237 with 4 home runs and 28 RBIs.

While with the Mets Stahl wore number 25.

Larry Stahl also played for the following teams:
Kansas City A’s – 1964-1966
San Diego Padres – 1969-1972
Cincinnati Reds – 1973

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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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Brock Pemberton – His New York Mets Career 1974,1975

Brock PembetonAfter spending three seasons in the minors, first-baseman Brock Pemberton was called up to New York when rosters expanded in September 1974.  He made his Major League debut on September 10 against the Montreal Expos as a pinch hitter for pitcher Bob Apodaca, for the record he struck out.  The next day in the longest game in franchise history, he recorded his first big league hit, a 25th inning pinch hit single against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He would appear in 11 games for the Mets in 1974. He hit .182 (4 for 22) with one RBI.  His one RBI came on a pinch hit single on September 26 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pemberton returned as a September call up in 1975 but went 0 for 2 in two pinch hit opportunities.

He spent the entire 1976 season with the Mets Triple A affiliate, the Tidewater Tides, before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals long with Leon Brown for minor league Ed Kurpiel on December 9, 1976.

While with the Mets Pemberton wore number 2.

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Rick Ownbey – His New York Mets Career 1982,1983

Rick OwnbeyRight-handed pitcher Rick Ownbey made his Major League debut with the Mets on August 17, 1982 against the Cincinnati Reds.  As the starting pitcher, he allowed 5 runs over 5 innings and was the losing pitcher.  He appeared in a total of 8 games for the Mets in 1982, 5 as a starter, and posted a 1-2 record with a 3.75 ERA.  His first win came on September 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he pitched a complete game and allowed just one run.

Ownbey started the 1983 season with the Mets and appeared in 10 games before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 15th in one of the biggest trades in Mets history.  He was traded along with Neil Allen in exchange for Keith Hernandez, who played an integral part in the Mets 1986 World Championship season.  At the time of the trade Ownbey had a 1-3 record with a 4.67 ERA.  His one win came on June 10 when he pitched the final 4 innings in the Mets 4-2 17 inning win over the Montreal Expos.

In two seasons with the Mets Ownbey appeared in 18 games and posted a 2-5 record with a 4.13 ERA.

While with the Mets Ownbey wore number 20.

Rick Ownbey also played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984,1986.

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Jose Cardenal – His New York Mets Career 1979,1980

Jose CardenalOn August 2, 1979, the Mets purchased the contract of Jose Cardenal from the Philadelphia Phillies between games of a doubleheader.  He was a member of the Phillies for game one and then the Mets for game two, though he did not appear in either game.  He made his Met debut on August 4 against the Montreal Expos as the team’s leadoff hitter and right fielder.  He went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI as the Mets won 3-2.  He appeared in 10 more games and batted .297 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs before a fractured hand ended his season.

Cardenal returned to the Mets in 1980 and appeared in 26 games, mostly as a pinch hitter and batted just .167 with 4 RBIs before being released on August 13. 

In 37 games over 2 seasons Cardenal batted .228 with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs.

While with the Mets Cardenal wore number 6.

Jose Cardenal also played for the following teams:
San Francisco Giants – 1963,1964
California Angels – 1965-1967
Cleveland Indians – 1968,1969
St. Louis Cardinals – 1970,1971
Milwaukee Brewers – 1971
Chicago Cubs – 1972-1977
Philadelphia Phillies – 1978,1979
Kansas City Royals – 1980

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D.J. Carrasco – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

DJ CarrascoThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher D.J. Carrasco as a free agent prior to the 2011 season.  He made his Met debut on April 3, 2011 pitching 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 9-2 win over the Florida Marlins.  He would go on to appear in 42 games, all but one out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-3 record with a 6.02 ERA.  His only victory occurred on August 9 when he pitched a scoreless 8th inning in the Mets 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.  He lost his only start on April 16th against the Atlanta Braves, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed 3 earned runs.

Carrasco appeared in 4 games for the Mets in 2012 and posted a 7.36 ERA before being released on May 25.

In 46 games over 2 seasons Carrasco posted a 1-3 record with a 6.11 ERA

While with the Mets Carrasco wore number 77.

D.J. Carrasco also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 2003,2004,2005
Chicago White Sox – 2008,2009
Arizona Diamondbacks- 2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2010

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Jack Egbert – His New York Mets Career 2012

Jack EgbertRight-handed pitcher Jack Egbert’s Mets career lasted just 2/3 of an inning.  He made his Met debut on May 28, 2012 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He entered the 9th inning with the Mets trailing 8-4 and retired the final two batters.   Following the game, he was shipped down to the minors where he finished out the season.  After the season, he was granted free agency but did not sign with another team,

While with the Mets Egbert wore number 61.

Jack Egbert also played for the Chicago White Sox in 2009.

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Mario Diaz – His New York Mets Career 1990

TMario Diazhe Mets acquired infielder Mario Diaz from the Seattle Mariners on June 19, 1990.  He would make his Met debut a month later on July 16th as a pinch hitter for pitcher Ron Darling, he struck out.  He would appear in 16 games, mainly as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement.  He batted .136 (3 for 22) with 1 RBI. 

Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers.

While with the Mets Diaz wore number 34.

Mario Diaz also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 1987-1989
Texas Rangers – 1991-1993
Florida Marlins – 1994,1995

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Dicky Gonzalez – His New York Mets Career 2001

Dicky GonzalezAfter spending 5 years in the minors right-handed pitcher Dicky Gonzalez finally made his Major League debut with the Mets on May 1, 2001.  As the starting pitcher against the Houston Astros he allowed 3 runs in 4 1/3 innings to earn a no decision in the Mets 7-5 victory.  He earned his first victory in his next start, allowing 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 10-9.  He appeared in 10 more games, splitting time between the starting rotation and bullpen, before being sent back to the minors at the end of June. At the time, his record was 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA. 

Gonzalez returned to New York in September appearing in 4 games.  Overall, he would appear in 16 games for the Mets, 7 as a starter and 9 out of the bullpen, and finished with a 3-2 record with a 4.88 ERA.

Gonzalez was traded to the Montreal Expos in a multi-player deal on April 5, 2002.

While with the Mets Gonzalez wore number 39.

Dicky Gonzalez also played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004.

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Bill Hepler – His New York Mets Career 1966

Bill HeplerLeft-handed pitcher Bill Hepler made his Major League debut with the Mets on April 23,1966 against the Atlanta Braves.  He pitched an inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 5-4 defeat.  He appeared in 37 games, all but 3 out of the bullpen, posting a 3-3 recprd and 3.52 ERA. 

Hepler earned his first career victory on June 15 against the Atlanta Braves.  But his most productive outing for the Mets occurred on July 18 against the Houston Astros, as the starting pitcher he allowed 4 runs and 1 earned run over 7 innings.  The Mets won the game 4-1 but Hepler earned a no decision.

1966 would be Hepler’s only season in the majors, though he did remain in the Mets organization.  He pitched three seasons in the Mets minor league system where he posted an overall record of 19-20 with a 3.82 ERA.

While with the Mets Hepler wore number 28.

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