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centerfieldmaz TOP ALBUMS of 2018

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HALESTORM - VICIOUS GRETA VAN FLEET - FROM THE FIRES BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Original Soundtrack) - QUEEN  BEATLES - WHITE ALBUM (50th Anniversary) GHOST - PREQUELLE BURNING WITCHES - BURNING WITCHES JUDAS PRIEST - FIREPOWER GODSMACK - WHEN LEGENDS RISE GRETA VAN FLEET - ANTHEM Of the PEACEFUL ARMY ACE FREHLEY - SPACEMAN VIXEN - LIVE FIRE TRILLIUM - TECTONIC PISTOL ANNIES - INTERSTATE GOSPEL MIDNATTSOL - THE AFTERMATH DORO - FOREVER WARRIORS / FOREVER UNITED LUCIFER - LUCIFER II METAL CHURCH - DAMNED IF YOU DO DISTURBED - EVOLUTION  ELVIS PRESLEY- '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL  (50th Anniversary) BLACK STONE CHERRY - FAMILY TREE ASHLEY MONROE- SPARROW CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - NO CROSS NO CROWN VOLBEAT - LETS BOOGIE (LIVE from Telia Parken) AMANDA SHIRES - TO THE SUNSET

Former Mets Relief Pitcher: Edwin Almonte (2003)

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Edwin Almonte was born on December 17, 1976 in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The six foot three right hander came to New York & attended Seward Park High school on the Lower East side of Manhattan. He got drafted by the Chicago White Sox way down in the 26th round of the 1988 draft. He spent five seasons in the Sox minors as a reliever, before getting traded to the New York Mets along with Royce Ring for Roberto Alomar in August of 2003. He made his debut at Shea Stadium against the Atlanta Braves that month allowing a run over two innings of relief. Overall he allowed 13 earned runs over nine innings into early August when he was demoted to the minors. At AAA Norfolk that summer he was being groomed as a closer, going 1-1 with six saves & a 2.55 ERA in 16 games pitched. He returned in September pitching in just three more career games. He finished the year with a 11.12 ERA, before getting placed on waivers. He was picked by the Boston Red Sox but never made it to th

Three Time New York Giants World Series Outfielder: Jo Jo Moore (1930-1941)

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Joseph Gregg Moore was born on December 25th 1908 in Gause Texas. The five foot eleven left hand hitting outfielder would be nicknamed the Gause Ghost. He would make brief appearances for the New York Giants in 1930 & 1931 while he was tearing up the minor leagues batting .350 or better both years. In 1932 long time manager John McGraw finally retired & the club was taken over by Bill Terry. That year Moore slowly worked his way into a starting outfield job by the end of the year. He hit .305 while having a twenty game hit streak despite playing in just 86 games (361 at bats). In 1933 the Giants went on to win their sixth World Series title, with Moore as their leadoff man. Moore was notorious for swinging at the first pitch, especially starting out a game. Opposing managers were known to fine their pitchers if they threw Moore a strike on the first pitch. Many times pitchers would throw at him right away & try to keep him off the plate. His room mate Hank Lieb

Early 2000's Italian / American Mets Pitcher: Jeff D'Amico (2002)

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Jeffrey Charles D’Amico was born December 27, 1975 in St. Petersburg Florida. The tall six foot seven right hander was known as “Big Daddy". He was the Milwaukee Brewers first round draft pick (23rd overall) in the 1992 draft. D'Amico went 13-3 with a 2.39 ERA in his first minor league season at A ball Beloit. He came up to the Brewers rotation in June of 1986, making his first start against the Texas Rangers pitching 5.2 scoreless innings for the win. As a rookie he went 6-6 with a 5.44 ERA on the season. He earned a spot in the following year’s rotation where he went 9-7, third most wins on the staff with a 4.71 ERA.  Injuries set him back over the next two seasons, but he returned in 2000 to win 12 games (12-7) topps of the Brewers staff along with Jimmy Haynes, posting a 2.66 ERA (third best in the AL). He walked only 46 batters in 162 innings pitched, giving him the fourth best strike out ratio in the AL. In 2001 he was expected to lead the Brewers staff but

Mid Sixties Mets Infielder: Bobby Klaus (1964-1965)

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Robert Francis Klaus was born December 27, 1937 in Spring Grove, Illinois. He is the brother of Billy Klaus who played infield for the Milwaukee Braves, Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Baltimore Orioles & Philadelphia Phillies in the fifties/ early sixties. In his career Billy Klaus hit .249 with 40 HRs 106 doubles 15 triples a .355 on base % & 250 RBIs over eleven seasons. Younger brother Bobby Klaus attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign getting signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1959. In 1962 he was the Pacific Coast League’s All Star second baseman while playing at AAA San Diego. Klaus made his MLB debut against the Houston Astros on April 21, 1964 as a pinch hitter, getting no official at bat, because a runner was caught stealing. For the 1964 Reds he actually filled in briefly at second base, replacing a struggling young Pete Rose. Rose was hitting under .200 for a brief time, but Klaus was no better, as he only hit .183 with two HRs &a

Late Seventies / Early Eighties Mets Short Stop: Frank Taveras (1979-1981)

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Franklin Crisostomo Fabian Taveras was born December 24, 1949 in the Dominican Republic. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1968. The tall six foot, speedy infielder was a terror on the base paths. Taveras was never scouted as a good hitter, only batting a best of .267 in the minors. But when he did get aboard, he stole a lot of bases. In 1970 at A ball Gastonia he swiped 35 bases followed by 19 in 1971 at AA Charleston. He made his MLB debut on September 21st, 1971 at Shea Stadium coming in as a pinch runner for Willie Stargell, in a 15 inning Mets 2-1 victory. It was the only appearance he made that season. He was back in the minors the next two seasons stealing 17 bases in 1973 at AAA Charleston. Tavares made the Pirates team in 1974, replacing Dal Maxvill as their regular short stop. He would be the Pirates main shortstop for the next five seasons, becoming one of the league's biggest base stealers. In his rookie season, he hit .246