Aaron Sele – His New York Mets Career 2007

Aaron SeleThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Aaron Sele as a free agent on January 25, 2007.  He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen appearing in 34 games and posted 3-2 record with 5.37 ERA in 53 2/3 innings.

Sele made his Met debut on April 3, throwing the final inning in the Mets 10-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  He earned his first win on April 28 against the Washington Nationals when He pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief as the Mets won in extra innings 6-2.

2007 would be Sele’s only season with the Mets, in fact it would be his last season as a Major League pitcher.  He was granted free agency following the season but did not sign with anyone.

While with the Mets Sele wore number 30.

Aaron Sele also played for the following team:
Boston Red Sox – 1993-1997
Texas Rangers – 1998,1999
Seattle Mariners – 2000,2001,2005
Anaheim Angels – 2002-2004
Los Angeles Dodgers = 2006
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Bob McClure – His New York Mets Career 1988

Bob McClureThe Mets signed left-handed pitcher Bob McClure as a free agent on July 13, 1988.  He made his Met debut the next day pitching 2/3 of an inning in the Mets 9-8 win over the Atlanta Braves.  He would go on to pitch in 14 games for the Mets, all out of the bullpen, posting a 1-0 record with 1 save and 4.09 ERA.  His one win came on August 6th against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he pitched an inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 5-3 victory.  His one save came on October 1st against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Though the Mets won the Eastern Davison McClure was not included on the postseason roster and was released following the season.

While with the Mets McClure wore number 27.

Bob McClure also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1975,1976
Milwaukee Brewers – 1977-1986
Montreal Expos – 1986-1988
California Angels – 1989-1991
St. Louis Cardinals – 1991,1992
Florida Marlins – 1993

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Bill Pecota – His New York Mets Career 1992

Bill PecotaThe Mets acquired utility infielder Bill Pecota from the Kansas City Royals along with Bret Saberhagen in exchange for Gregg Jefferies, Kevin McReynolds and Keith Miller on December 6, 1991.  Pecota made his Met debut as the Opening Day third baseman against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He went 1 for 3 as the Mets won 4-2.  Pecota would go on to appear in 117 games playing all four infield positions.  He batted .227 with 2 home runs and 26 RBIs. 

On September 26 against the Pittsburgh Pirates he became the first position player in franchise history to pitch.  In a 19-2 blowout loss, he pitched the bottom of the 8th inning.  After giving up a leadoff home run to Andy Van Slyke, he retired the next three batters.

Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves.

While with the Mets Pecota wore number 32.

Bill Pecota also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1986-1991
Atlanta Braves – 1993,1994

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Jim Bethke – His New York Mets Career 1965

Jim BethkeThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Jim Bethke as an amateur free agent prior to the 1964.  After spending the 64 season in the minors, Bethke made his Major League debut as an 18-year-old rookie on April 12, 1965.  He pitched a scoreless 9th inning in the Mets 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Three days later he earned his first win against the Houston Astros.  He pitched the final 2/3 of an inning before the Mets won the game on a Bobby Klaus walk-off home run.

In his only season in the Majors Bethke appeared in 25 games, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 2-0 record with a 4.28 ERA.   He pitched in the Mets minor league system through 1970

While with the Mets Bethke wore the following numbers 41,28 and 36.

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Jason Vargas – His New York Mets Career 2007

jason vargasThe Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas from the Florida Marlins prior to the 2007 season.  Vargas spent the entire season in the minors except for two games when he was used as an emergency starter for the Mets.  His first Met appearance occurred on May 17 where he gave up gave five runs over seven innings.  Vargas earned a no decision since the Mets rallied in the bottom of the 9th inning to score five runs to win the game 6-5. Vargas made one more start for the Mets on July 3, this time he gave up 9 runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings and earned the loss.

Following the season Vargas was traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of a multi-player deal.  In his two starts for the Mets he pitched 10 1/3 innings and posted an 0-1 record with a 12.19 ERA.

While with the Mets Vargas wore number 43

Jason Vargas also played for the following teams:
Florida Marlins – 2005,2006
Seattle Mariners – 2009-2012
Los Angeles Angels – 2013
Kansas City Royals – 2014-2016

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Gerry Arrigo – His New York Mets Career 1966

Gerry ArrigoThe Mets purchased left-handed pitcher Gerry Arrigo from the Cincinnati Reds in May 20, 1966.  He made his Met debut two days later pitching three innings of relief in the Mets 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants.  On May 29 Arrigo pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first victory as a Met.   He would go on to pitch in a total of 17 games for the Mets, splitting time between the bullpen and the starting rotation before being sold back to the Reds on August 16th.

The highlight of his brief career with the Mets came on July 17.  He not only allowed one earned run over seven innings to earn the victory, he also was the hitting star of the game.  He hit two doubles and drove in three runs in the Mets 4-2 win over the Houston Astros.

In his 17 appearances with the Mets Arrigo posted a 3-3 record with 3.74 ERA.

While with the Mets Arrigo wore number 34.

Gerry Arrigo also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1961-1964
Cincinnati Reds – 1965-1969
Chicago White Sox – 1970

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Charlie Puleo – His New York Mets Career 1981,1982

Charlie PuleoThe Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Charlie Puleo from the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6, 1981 in exchange for fellow pitcher Mark Bomback.  After starting the season in the minors Puleo made his Major League debut for the Mets on September 16 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 5-4 victory.  He would appear in 3 more games, 2 out of the bullpen and 1 as a starter.  He didn’t give up an earned run in 13 1/3 innings.  His one start came on September 30 against the Chicago Cubs, he pitched 8 innings and struck out 6 and gave up 1 unearned run but got a no-decision in the Mets 2-1 victory.

Puleo spent the entire 1982 season with the Mets.  He appeared in 36 games, 24 as a starter, and posted a 9-9 record with a 4.47 ERA while also leading the team in innings pitched with 171.  On May 31 against the Atlanta Braves he struck out 10 batters in 7 2/3 innings to earn the victory. 

Following the season Puleo was included in a trade to the Cincinnati Reds that brought back the legendary Tom Seaver to the Mets.

In 40 games over 2 seasons, Puleo posted a 9-9 record with 1 save and a 4.47 ERA.

While with the Mets Puleo wore number 25.

Charlie Puleo also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1983,1984
Atlanta Braves – 1986-1989

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Juan Castillo – His New York Mets Career 1994

Juan CastilloRight handed pitcher Juan Castillo was signed as a free agent by the Mets in 1988.  After spending six seasons in the minors he finally got the call to join the Mets on July 26, 1994 against the St Louis Cardinals.  Castillo started the game but allowed five runs over five innings in a game the Mets would win 10-9. He started one more game five days later against the Pittsburgh Pirates with similar results.  He pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, once again the Mets would win the game 6-4.  During the game Castillo did manage to get his first major league hit, an RBI single in the 4th inning.  Following the game Castillo was shipped back to the minors where he finished out the season with the Norfolk Tides.

The Mets traded Juan Castillo to the Houston Astros in the off-season; he spent three seasons in their minor league system before spending one season with the Texas Rangers organization.  He retired following the 1996 season.

In two games for the Mets Juan Castillo posted a 6.94 ERA in 11 2/3 innings.

While with the Mets Castillo wore number 50.

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Harry Chiti – His New York Mets Career 1962

Harry ChitiThe Mets acquired catcher Harry Chiti from the Cleveland Indians on April 26, 1962 in exchange for a player to be named later.  He made his Met debut two days later as a late inning defensive replacement against the Philadelphia Phillies, he struck out in his only at bat.  Chiti would go on to appear in 15 games for the Mets before he was sent back to the Indians on June 15, thus becoming the first player ever traded for himself.  At the time of the trade he was hitting .195.

While with the Mets Chiti wore number 44.

Harry Chiti also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 1952,1955,1956
Kansas City A;s – 1958-1960
Detroit Tigers – 1960,1961

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Mike Draper – His New York Mets Career 1993

Mike DraperAfter spending 5 seasons in the Yankees minor league system the Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Mike Draper in the Rule 5 draft in 1993.  He made his Major League debut on April 10, 1993 by pitching two innings of relief in the Mets 6-3 loss to the Houston Astros; he allowed 1 run and 4 hits.  Draper would go on to pitch in 29 games for the Mets, all but one out of the bullpen, and finished the season with a 1-1 record and 4.25 ERA.  His one start occurred in his last appearance in a Met uniform on August 7, he lasted just 3 innings and allowed 3 runs and 5 hits but the Mets still managed to win the game 10-8 over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Following the season, the Mets released Draper and he was picked up by the San Diego Padres but would not appear in another Major League game.

While with the Mets Draper wore number 47.

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