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

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

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