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    From Mets.com:

    "The final pitch Tom Seaver threw for the Mets is nearly a quarter century in the past. His image still casts a shadow. Turns out that, two years ago, when Mike Pelfrey was asked what uniform number he'd prefer, his response was "No. 41." He had worn that number when he pitched for Wichita State.

    "They just gave it to me when I was a freshman, and I kept it," Pelfrey says now.

    The Mets' 41, of course, was not made available to Pelfrey, No. 1 selection notwithstanding. Forty-one in the only uniform number the Mets have retired for one of their own players. Nos. 14, 37 and 42 have been retired for Gil Hodges -- for his work as their manager not for what he did 65 games and 149 at-bats with the Mets in '62 and '63 -- Casey Stengel and Jackie Robinson.

    Mets' No. 8, worn by Gary Carter from 1985-89, hasn't been retired. But it's out of circulation because of Carter's contributions and Hall of Fame status. And a debate goes on outside the Mets' offices about No. 17 and whether it should be retired to honor Keith Hernandez.

    No. 17 is assigned this spring to Fernando Tatis, one of the two "visa problems" absentees. Since David Cone wore No. 17 in '91 and '92 as a tribute to Hernandez, it has been worn mostly by lesser players -- Bret Saberhagen, Kevin Appier and Brent Mayne being the exceptions.

    The others have been Jason Anderson, Mike Bordick, Wilson Delgado, Saturo Komiyama, Dae-Sung Koo, Jose Lima, Graeme Lloyd, Luis Lopez and David Newhan."


    A post-60's era Met number retired?

    Please don't make us wait for 5 and 7!

  • #2
    If they're going to add more, before waiting for 31, it should be 8 AND 17.

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    • #3
      I still don't know what they're waiting for for #8. Unless that might be a surprise for the new stadium...have a "Gary Carter" day and then retire his number during that ceremony...unless that's too yankees for us
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      • #4
        They need to retire Keith's 17 or at least stop giving it to crappy players.

        They should retire 31 on Opening Day after Piazza is elected in the HoF.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by JohnCropp View Post
          From Mets.com:

          "The final pitch Tom Seaver threw for the Mets is nearly a quarter century in the past. His image still casts a shadow. Turns out that, two years ago, when Mike Pelfrey was asked what uniform number he'd prefer, his response was "No. 41." He had worn that number when he pitched for Wichita State.

          "They just gave it to me when I was a freshman, and I kept it," Pelfrey says now.

          The Mets' 41, of course, was not made available to Pelfrey, No. 1 selection notwithstanding. Forty-one in the only uniform number the Mets have retired for one of their own players. Nos. 14, 37 and 42 have been retired for Gil Hodges -- for his work as their manager not for what he did 65 games and 149 at-bats with the Mets in '62 and '63 -- Casey Stengel and Jackie Robinson.

          Mets' No. 8, worn by Gary Carter from 1985-89, hasn't been retired. But it's out of circulation because of Carter's contributions and Hall of Fame status. And a debate goes on outside the Mets' offices about No. 17 and whether it should be retired to honor Keith Hernandez.

          No. 17 is assigned this spring to Fernando Tatis, one of the two "visa problems" absentees. Since David Cone wore No. 17 in '91 and '92 as a tribute to Hernandez, it has been worn mostly by lesser players -- Bret Saberhagen, Kevin Appier and Brent Mayne being the exceptions.

          The others have been Jason Anderson, Mike Bordick, Wilson Delgado, Saturo Komiyama, Dae-Sung Koo, Jose Lima, Graeme Lloyd, Luis Lopez and David Newhan."


          A post-60's era Met number retired?

          Please don't make us wait for 5 and 7!
          There have been quite a few threads about getting Carter, Hernandez, and Piazza's numbers retired. Look through the history.


          A post-60's era Met number retired?
          Actually, Seaver also played for the Mets in 1983.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NJMetfan4life View Post
            There have been quite a few threads about getting Carter, Hernandez, and Piazza's numbers retired. Look through the history.
            Yep.

            I've seen the history.

            None of them mention the Mets.com story.

            Originally posted by NJMetfan4life View Post
            Actually, Seaver also played for the Mets in 1983.
            Are you suggesting that Tom's 41 wouldn't have been retired if he hadn't returned for that season?
            Last edited by JohnCropp; 02-26-2008, 03:37 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NJMetfan4life View Post
              There have been quite a few threads about getting Carter, Hernandez, and Piazza's numbers retired. Look through the history.
              Originally posted by JohnCropp View Post
              Yep.

              I've seen the history.

              None of them mention the Mets.com story.
              I guess he's saying never, ever, ever mention this again!! lol

              I'm with you, btw - 8 and 17 should go to the wall now.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
                I'm with you, btw - 8 and 17 should go to the wall now.
                The way things are going, they just may.

                But for Shuba & Erskin.

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                • #9
                  How number (16) gets no love?
                  "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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                  • #10
                    Nobody wore it in '55.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TonyStarks View Post
                      How number (16) gets no love?
                      Love Doc, but I'd retire Kooz's 36 before 16.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TonyStarks View Post
                        How number (16) gets no love?
                        Because he threw away his career.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
                          Love Doc, but I'd retire Kooz's 36 before 16.
                          And I agree, but really neither should.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by metfan13 View Post
                            Because he threw away his career.
                            Were you saying the same thing in '86?

                            A number being retired should have nothing to do with his off the field antics...we're talking about what he did on that mound in Queens.

                            This guy changed the franchise around and had many good years for the Mets.
                            He brought new life and a new attitude to this franchise. Some kinda credit should be due.



                            Long live the Doc!
                            "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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                            • #15
                              Carter should definitely not be retired. He was only here for 5 seasons of which only the first 2 were very good. Hernandez has a better case as he was here longer and was more productive as well (not to mention has some bonus points for now being an announcer), but I wouldn't retire his either. The next number to be retired should be 31 and many years later hopefully 5 and 7.

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