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  • Interesting Mets Facts

    How about we post some Mets facts that we all think nobody else knows. I'll go first.

    The Mets drafted big names such as:

    Billy Beane(The GM?)
    Rafiel Palmero(Didn't sign)
    John Olerud(Didn't sign)
    Todd Jones(Didn't sign)
    Aaron Rowand(Didn't sign)
    David DeJesus(Didn't sign)
    Garret Atkins(Didn't sign)

    Now some Triva:

    Jerry Koosman, who made the last out of the 1969 WS, was traded for Jesse Orosco, who made the las out of the 1986 WS.

    In 1966, the Mets chose catcher Steve Chilcott as the first overall selection in the amateur draft. He became the first number one draft pick to retire without reaching the major leagues. The second pick that year was Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

    Harry Chiti was acquired from the Cleveland Indians on April 25, 1962 for a player to be named later. The player to be named later... was Chiti. He was traded for himself.

    On May 19, 2007, David Wright hit a 460 foot, 2-run home run off New York Yankees reliever Mike Myers. The home run went over Shea's bleachers into the Citi Field construction site. Radio analyst Howie Rose joked that it was the first home run in Citi Field history.

    The Mets have appeared in more World Series — four —than any other expansion team in Major League Baseball history. They have won two championships, tied with the Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins for the most titles among expansion teams

    On October 3, 2004, the Mets played against the Montreal Expos in their last game before they became the Washington Nationals. The last out of that game was recorded by then-Expo Endy Chavez, who subsequently came to the Mets. Coincidentally, the Mets also played against the Expos in the franchise's inaugural game. Both games were contested at Shea Stadium.

    The 2006 Mets were the first team in MLB history to win eight consecutive road games after scoring in the first inning of each game.

    On July 16, 2006, the Mets set a franchise record by scoring 11 runs in one inning. It took place in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs. There were three home runs in the inning; a two-run homer by David Wright, and grand slams from both Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltrán. The Mets sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning, which took 41 minutes to complete and started with a pop out by Chris Woodward.

    In July 2006, the Mets became the third team to hit six grand slams in a month, joining the Cleveland Indians of May 1999 and the Montreal Expos in April 1996. Carlos Beltrán tied the Major League record for slams in a month with three, José Valentín hit two and Cliff Floyd hit one.

  • #2
    Originally posted by NJMetfan4life View Post

    The Mets drafted big names such as:

    Billy Beane(The GM?)
    Rafiel Palmero(Didn't sign)
    John Olerud(Didn't sign)
    Todd Jones(Didn't sign)
    Aaron Rowand(Didn't sign)
    David DeJesus(Didn't sign)
    Garret Atkins(Didn't sign)
    In 1981, the Mets drafted a pitcher in the 12th round that chose instead to go to the University of Texas. His name was Roger Clemens.

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    • #3
      -In 1961, the Mets had two Minor League teams, despite not yet being in existence. Playing on one of these teams was a young prospect whom the Mets released because they didn't think he had a future. His name? Paul Blair.

      -The Mets acquired then Minor Leaguer Ron Hunt in a cash transaction from the Milwaukee Braves.

      -Hot Rod Kanehl was in the Yankees Minor League system before he debuted with the '62 Mets.

      -The Mets are the only team to have drafted and then gotten rid of two different Minor Leaguers with a last name containing every vowel. Ed Figueroa was cut after an arm injury (brilliant move, M. Donald Duck!). Nelson Figueroa was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks before he debuted in the Majors (though of course rejoined the Mets this year in spectacular fashion).

      -Bob Stanley, the pitcher who threw the pitch that Mookie Wilson grounded through Bill Buckner's legs, later became a pitching coach in the Mets organization. Stanley was three times considered for the Major League job, and got very close to being named the pitching coach twice...he lost out to both Vern Rhule and Rick Peterson.

      -Elio Chacon was the first Mets ballplayer from Cuba. He wasn't quite as good as his father Pelayo.

      -Jay Hook was the winning pitcher in the first Mets win.

      -The Mets considered taking Steve Dalkowski in the expanion draft, at least according to the New York Times when the Mets were drafting.

      -Both Bob Aspromonte (the last Brooklyn Dodger) and Willie Mays (the last active New York Giant) played their last games in Mets uniforms.

      -The Mets have had a ridiculously high number of third basemen. But does anyone remember that the first of them was Don Zimmer?

      -Only one Mets player...Ron Gardenhire...was born in a country that technically no longer exists (West Germany).

      -Since Willie Mays' retirement, just two players have worn number 24 for the Mets. Rickey Henderson was one. But the other was Kelvin Torve.

      -In 2007, the number 36 (Jerry Koosman's old number) was assigned THREE TIMES. Yes, three. It was first assigned to lefty Scott Schoeneweis...but Scho eventually decided to keep his somewhat odd number 60. Then it was assigned to Joe Smith. But Smith quickly picked number 35 instead. Finally, when roster expanded, it was assigned to Willie Collazo, who actually wore it. Collazo's name was misspelled "Colazzo" that night anyway, though it was quickly corrected.
      "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
      -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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      • #4
        --In september 1969, the mets swept a double-header against pittsburgh by the same score of 1-0. In both games the pitcher drove in the only run of the game

        --In a game in 1975, Felix Millan went 4-4, only to be erased all 4 times because jor torre grounded into 4 double plays

        --Rodney McCray's only mets hit was a game winner against the dodgers in 1992

        If I had more time I could think of more
        "all the mets road wins against the dodgers this year have occured at Dodger Stadium"---Ralph Kiner

        "Blind people came to the park just to listen to him pitch"---Reggie Jackson, talking about Tom Seaver

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        • #5
          June 25, 1989- The Mets infield did not record a single assist in a 5-1 win against the Phillies. All the Phil's outs were strikeouts, flyballs, popouts and ground balls to the 1B unassisted.

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          • #6
            Did Sid Fernandez happen to pitch that game?
            "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
            -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

            Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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            • #7
              I'd bet good money El Sid pitched that day
              "all the mets road wins against the dodgers this year have occured at Dodger Stadium"---Ralph Kiner

              "Blind people came to the park just to listen to him pitch"---Reggie Jackson, talking about Tom Seaver

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              • #8
                Marty Barrett(Reporter?) was drafted by the Mets in '78

                EDIT: Sorry, I was thinking of Marty Noble.
                Last edited by NJMetfan4life; 04-20-2008, 06:17 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dalkowski110 View Post
                  Did Sid Fernandez happen to pitch that game?
                  Here it is, I'11 1et you answer this for yourself.

                  http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...98906250.shtml

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                  • #10
                    I knew it! It had to be El Sid! The absolute master of getting flyball outs.
                    "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
                    -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

                    Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dalkowski110 View Post
                      -In 1961, the Mets had two Minor League teams, despite not yet being in existence. Playing on one of these teams was a young prospect whom the Mets released because they didn't think he had a future. His name? Paul Blair.
                      I believe the Mets failed to protect Blair as opposed to releasing him. The Orioles drafted him after his first pro season, which was 1962 (17-63-.228 for Santa Barbara).

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                      • #12
                        I stand corrected! My God, that's horrid decision-making, though...
                        Last edited by Dalkowski110; 04-20-2008, 08:38 PM.
                        "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
                        -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

                        Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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                        • #13
                          thats crazy

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NJMetfan4life View Post
                            The Mets drafted big names such as:

                            Billy Beane(The GM?)
                            Yes, the GM. He seemed to be the first in a long, almost 3 decade long list of future saviors that just never came through. Along the lines of more recent untouchables like Jay Payton, Alex Escobar ...
                            He was in the system with, and close to, future Mets GM Steve Phillips. Beane made a habit of getting Phillips to hall his trash from Oakland to Flushing, with Phillips paying for the honor. The trash included not just players but managment as well.
                            Little did we know in 1980 that the draft would hurt us over 20 years later when Beane hoodwinked Phillips into putting Rick Peterson & Art Howe in his wagon and dragging them home.

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                            • #15
                              "Rick Peterson"

                              For the record, Peterson priced himself out of Oakland. Beane offered him a 3-year extension.
                              "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
                              -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

                              Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.

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