Showing posts from November, 2019

Sam Haggerty: Mets2019 September Call Up (2019)

Samuel Onofrio Haggerty was born on May 26th 1994 in Phoenix, Arizona. His family relocated to Denver, Colorado where he attended high School. He then attended the University of New Mexico becoming a stand out baseball player. The five foot eleven switch hitter is mostly an fielder with good speed on the bases. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians as a 24th round draft pick in 2015. In 2016 he completed his first full year at the A ball level. By 2018 he advanced through AA Akron with the Rubber Ducks for 87 games to the AAA Columbus Clippers for seven games.  On January 6th 2019 he along with Walter Lockett, got traded to the New York Mets for catcher Kevin Plawecki. Haggerty began the year with the Brooklyn Cyclones, but after six games he was promoted to the AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies.  In 68 games his defense was excellent, as he batted .259 with 19 stolen bases in 23 attempts & 39 runs scored. Late in the summer he was promoted to AAA Syracuse, seeing action in 1

Shawn Green: 2006 N.L. Eastern Champion Mets Outfielder (2006-2007)

Shawn David Green was born on November 10, 1972 in Des Plaines, Illinois. The six foot four left handed hitter, won a baseball scholarship to Sanford University.  In 1991 he was the Toronto Blue Jays #1 pick, the 16th pick overall. He had an impressive minor league career winning the International League batting title in 1994, batting .341 with a .401 on base %, 13 HRs & 61 RBIs.  He was voted the IL’s top hitting prospect & the league's best outfield throwing arm. He was the Blue Jays Minor League Player of the Year & was named one of Baseball Americas top prospects. Green was brought up for a cups of coffee in the 1993 Blue Jays championship season (3 games) & again in 1994. He began in Toronto coming in fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, he would go on to hit over thirty doubles five straight seasons as well.  By 1995 he was a fixture in the Blue Jays outfield for the next five seasons. He put up bigger numbers each year & by the hitting ri

Gary Disarcina: Italian / American Mets Third Base Coach (2019)

Gary Thomas Disarcina was born November 19th 1967 in Malden, Massachusetts. The six foot one short stop was drafted by the California Angels in the 1988 amateur draft.  Disarcina replaced Dick Scofield as the Angels main shortstop from 1992 through 1998. He had a solid season in 1995, making the A.L. All Star team, while batting a career best .307. He hit 28 doubles with 5 HRs 41 RBIs & a .34 on base %. He missed six weeks of action in that strike shortened season as well. In 1998 the Angels voted him their best player, as the team finished second (85-77) under manager Terry Collins. Disarcina had career highs in hits (158) doubles (39) runs scored (78) & RBIs (56) while batting .287. Injuries hampered him in his final seasons & was forced to retire at the age of 33. Trivia: He made the last out in Kenny Rogers no hitter on July 28th 1994. He spent his entire 12 year playing career with Angels playing in 1086 games batting .258 with 28 HRs 186 doubles & 35

Damion Easley: Late 2000's Mets Utility Player (2007-2008)

Jacinto Damion Easley was born in the Bronx, New York on November 11, 1969. The family soon moved to Mt. Vernon, New York just over the Bronx border.  When his parents divorced he moved out to California with his father & he then attended Long Beach State University. There he got drafted by the local California Angels way down in the 30th round in 1988. By 1992 he hit .289 at AAA Edmonton in the Pacific Coast League getting the call up to the Angels team. He was a utility infielder for the Angels from 1992-1996 hitting a best .313 in 73 games in 1993. In 1994 he struggled batting just .214 in 88 games.  In 1995 he saw a lot more playing time, a career high 114 games but struggled again, batting just .216. In July of 1996 he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Greg Gohr. In Detroit he became the Tigers regular second baseman. He also played short stop stop, third base & DH in his time there. He turned his career around, with three 20 plus HR seasons, & three 30

Dwight Gooden (Part Three) Post Mets Career & Retirement

Dwight Gooden would get caught dirty again, while serving his 60 day MLB suspension in 1994. He would have to sit out all of the 1995 season.  Though drug abuse and criminal activity is commonly blamed for Gooden's pitching troubles, a lot must be said for the work load put on his pitching arm. It is estimated that Gooden threw over 10,800 pitches from 1983-85, by that time he was just 20 years old.  By the time he reached his 21st birthday, Gooden had 928 strikeouts between both the minor and major leagues.  After his suspension he signed with the AL New York team for 1996. His first game was in Texas, the fourth game of the season. He pitched five innings giving up five runs while taking the loss. He would lose his first three starts, before earning his first win on May 8th. In that game he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on three hits.  On May 14th, he went into the history books once again. In a game at home against the Seattle Mariners, he threw

Jacob deGrom: The 2019 NL Cy Young Award Winner

In the 2019 off season, Jacob deGrom's agent Brodie Van Wagen became the teams General Manager.  Instead of a long dragged out contract negotiation, the Mets gave him the largest raise any arbitration eligible player ever got. deGrom got a $137.5 million five year, contract extension with an option for 2024. 2019: With excitement starting out the 2019 season, deGrom got his first Opening Day start. On March 28th, he started out where he left off in 2018, pitching six shut out innings, striking out ten Nationals in the Mets 2-0 win. He walked just one allowing five hits.  On April 3rd in Miami, he pitched seven shut out innings, striking out 14 Marlins while walking one & giving up three little hits. deGrom started out the season at 2-0.  In that game, he hit his second career HR, it was a solo shot off Trevor Richards to lead off the top of the 3rd inning. From there on, he had three terrible outings, taking losses in all three games, like a deGrom no one