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2017 Mets Relief Pitcher: Chasen Bradford (2017)

Chasen David Bradford was born on August 5th 1989 in Las Vegas Nevada. The six foot one right hander attended Junior College at Southern Nevada & two years at University of Central Florida. Ne was drafted by the Mets in the 35th round of the 2011 MLB draft. A career reliever, he went 9-3 with a 2.61 ERA at A ball & AA combined in 2013. In 2014 he posted 11 saves in 23 appearances overall, first at AA Binghamton, then was promoted to AAA Las Vegas where he grew up, and saved five more. He pitched the next two seasons at Vegas & posted an ERA a bit over for which isn't bad at such a hitters friendly park the 51's play in. He combined with other relievers in the closer role & notched 12 saves in the two years. Most of his outs come on ground balls due to his sinker & slider. He began 2017 at Las Vegas & was called up to help an ailing Mets bullpen, making his debut on June 25th in an 8-2 win at San Francisco over the Giants. He finished the game, s

Mid Seventies Mets Pitcxher: Tom Hall (1975-1976)

Thomas Edward Hall was born November 23, 1947 in Thomasville, North Carolina. He grew up in Riverside California, attending high school there a s a star player. The six foot tall left handed pitcher was the Minnesota Twins third round pick in 1966. In 1967 at A ball Wisconsin, he went 14-5 which got him promoted the next year. In 1968 he was 10-4 overall at AA Charlotte & AAA Denver with an ERA under two. He was in the big leagues with the Twins by the end of the year.   He was nicknamed “the blade” & went on to have some fine seasons in the early seventies. He was primarily a reliever for four years in Minnesota, posting winning records every year, with the exception of 1971. In 1969 he was 8-7 making 18 starts in 31 appearances for the AL Champs that had two twenty game winners in Jim Perry & Dave Boswell. He made one appearance in the ALCS loss to the Baltimore Orioles. In 1970 he struck out 184 batters (8th most in the league) going 11-7 with four saves &a

Mid Nineties Mets Hitting Coach: Tommy McCraw (1992-1996)

Tommy Lee McCraw was born November 21, 1940 in Malvern, Arizona. His family moved to Southern California, and he attended high school in Venice Beach. He then attended Santa Monica Community College. The speedy first baseman / outfielder got signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1960. In 1962 he won the AA batting title hitting .362 making the big leagues for good the next year. He came up with a lot of promise, as the Sox everyday first baseman right off the bat in his rookie year. That season (1963) he hit .254 with 6 HRs 33 RBIs & 15 stolen bases. He hit .261 the next year which was his best in his playing years at Chicago. He stole 12 or more bases in each of first three seasons, then 20 or more over the next three years. In 1967 he hit a career best 11 HRs, with 45 RBIs batting .236 while stealing 24 bases (4th in the league). On May 24th he hit three HRs in a game against the Minnesota Twins, he just missed a fourth sending a Jim Kaat pitch to the warning track. Also th

New York Giants Pitcher Who Pitched In Three World Series: Hugh McQuillan (1922-1926)

Alvin Hugh McQuillan was born on September 15th 1895 in New York City. The six foot right hander began his career with the Boston Braves in 1918. He pitched there into the 1922 season. He won double figures from 1920-1922, winning as many as 13 games but posted losing records each season. In those years the Braves finished seventh twice & a best fourth in 1922. That season New York Giants manager John McGraw wanted him on his staff, the Giants traded three players & $100,000 to get him. The deal was made on July 30th & came right after a controversial Red Sox trade with the AL New York club. These deals led to baseball adopting the June 15th trade deadline which stood for many years. McQuillan joined the Giants on August 4th and took two losses in his first two starts. But from there he won four straight to close out the month of August. He went 6-5 for New York as the Giants went on to win the NL Pennant. Post Season: That World Series was played entirely in the