Feb 26, 2019

Mets Bullpen Catcher: Eric Langill (2011-2019)

Eric Joseph Langill was born April 9th 1979 in Kirkland, Quebec. While growing up in Canada, he of course was huge hockey fan, his favorite player being Patrick Roy. He played childhood hockey, best as a face off specialist. He gives credit to his love of baseball to the Montreal Expos.

He attended Des Moines Area Community College, where he played more baseball than hockey. Next he was drafted by his favorite team, the Montreal Expos in the 34th round of the 1999 amatuer draft. 

The catcher would spend six years in the minor leagues with Montreal & The Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. He hit just one HR while batting a career .210 with 46 RBIs. He reached the AAA level twice (2004 & 2006) both times at Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League.

Langill had an intense passion to play the game, but wasn't the most gifted athlete. His drive made him popular with fans wherever he played.

Since 2011 he has been bullpen catcher for the Mets along with Dave Racaniello. 

Drama: During Spring Training 2011, Langill left a bowling event and was cut off by another vehicle, causing his car to overturn. He tried to get out of the car but was stuck.  He was arrested for driving under the influence, got suspended by the team & got help through the Mets Employee Assistance Program. He has moved on & has had no other issues.

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