Feb 28, 2020

Michael Conforto's Olympic Gold Medal Winning Mom: Tracie Ruiz Conforto

Tracie Lehuanani Ruiz Conforto was born February 4th 1963 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

She started swimming from the start & soon became a champion. She won the 1979 Team Gold championship at the Pan American Games. Then went on to solo & duet golds at the 1983 Pan American Games. She later won a 1987 Gold there as well.

In 1982 she was a World Champion in solo competition and would win six more from 1981-1986. She also won four titles in duet competition, dominating the sport.

In 1984 at the Summer Olympics held in the United States, at Los Angeles, Tracie was a two time gold medal winner in synchronized swimming, a new addition to Summer Olympics that year. She won the medals in both solo competition & in a duet with Candie Costie.

After a brief stint in body building she returned to swimming in the 1988 Olympics, only competing in solo competition, winning a Silver Medal for the US.

In 1985 she married Michael Anthony Conforto, who had helped her train for the Olympics. Conforto was a line backer at Penn State University in the late seventies. He was more of a back up player on two teams that finished in the Top Five. Conforto's teams played in Gator, Sugar & Fiesta Bowls.

After College he tried out for the Seattle Seahawks but did not make the team. He eventually went partners in opening a gym, where he met his future wife Tracie.

Their son Michael was born in 1993. He has a sister Jaqueline who played soccer at Azusa Pacific University.

Feb 27, 2020

Tony DeFrancesco: 2020 Mets First Base Coach

Anthony John DeFrancesco was born April 24th 1963 in Suffern, New York. The Italian American Rockland, County native, attended Seton Hall University & was a ninth round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1984.

 DeFrancesco would play minor league ball for the  Red Sox & Cincinnati Reds from 1984 - 1992. He was a lifetime .232 hitter with 17 HRs & 167 RBIs in 567 career minor league games. Primarily a catcher who played briefly in the outfield, at third & first base.

He retired from playing in 1992 & by 1994 was a minor league manager, winning the Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year Award in 2003 with the Sacramento River Cats, in the Pacific Coast League.

DeFrancesco spent one season as the Oakland A's third base coach (2008) before returning to Sacramento.

In  2012 he got his only shot at MLB managerial experience, he headed the Houston Astros for 41 games replacing Brad Mills. His first win came against the New York Mets on April 24th. His record as manager was 16-25 overall that season.

Trivia: He became the last manager of the Astros in the National League as the team transferred to the American League in 2013.

He returned to the minors, managing & leading the AAA Fresno Grizzlies to a championship, winning another Manager of the Year Award. In 2018 he replaced Wally Backman to manage the Mets AAA, Las Vegas 51's club, finishing in third place with a 71-69 record.

Overall he has been won four Pacific Coast League Championships & two AAA National Championships in his 21 years of managing.

In the 2019 Syracuse Chiefs season, the talented roster made up 6 1/2 games from August 7th to August 26th to qualify for a one game playoff against Scranton Wilkes/Barre. Syracuse blew a seven run lead in the 8th inning taking the loss & not making the playoffs.

DeFranceso interviewed for the Mets managers job in the 0ff season but the job went to Carlos Beltran. After the Astros sign stealing scandal,  in which he was part of became an issue, Beltran resigned but the job went to Luis Rojas.

DeFranceso will be the Mets first base coach in 2020.

Dan Norman: One of The Players the Mets Got In the Tom Seaver Trade (1977-1981)

Daniel Edmund Norman was born on January 11, 1955 in Los Angeles, California. The six foot two switch hitting outfielder was drafted in the 15th round of the 1974 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

He played through the Reds system next to outfielder Steve Henderson s getting promoted together through the minor leagues. In 1976 he hit 17 HRs batting .273 at AA Trois-Rivieres getting promoted to AAA Indianapolis the following year.

On June 15, 1977 he was traded along with his pal, Steve Henderson as well as Doug Flynn & Pat Zachary to the Mets for Tom Seaver in the famous “Midnight Massacre” trade. 

According to former WFAN Radio talk show host, Jody Macdonald; he thought Norman was going to be a star player. He told his dad, Joe MacDonald who was the Mets GM at the time to make sure he got Norman in the trade.

Coming to New York Henderson got promoted right away to the Mets team while Norman was sent down to AAA Tidewater. There he batted .264 with 10 HRs & a .344 on base % in 80 games. He got a late September call up, debuting in Pittsburgh against the Pirates on September 27th as a pinch hitter. He went 4-16 with four walks on the season.

He was back at AAA Tidewater in 1978 leading the team in HRs (18) RBIs (66) & batting (.281) getting another September cup of coffee. In his second game he hit his first MLB HR at Olympic Stadium against the Montreal Expos.

Two days later he had a career day, going 2-4 with a pair of HRs and three RBIs leading the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium. He closed out the season driving in runs in his last two games. On the year he hit .266 with 4 HRs one triple 7 runs scored& 10 RBIs.

In 1979 he was back at AAA Tidewater getting up to the Mets big league squad in July. He saw action in 44 games batting .245 with 3 HRs 11 RBIs.

 In 1980 he was on the club for the entire season, & manager Joe Torre used him mostly as a pinch hitter. This probably wasn't a good idea for a 25 year old kid, he played in 69 games overall, (19 in the outfield) but his average fell to.185 with just two HRs & 9 RBIs.

In May of 1981 he was playing at Tidewater when he was part of another big Mets trade. This time he was sent to the Montreal Expos along with Jeff Reardon for outfielder Ellis Valentine.

He spent 1981 in the minors & in 1982 played in only 53 games for the Expos batting .212 before his ending his MLB career. He would play in the minors through 1986 spending 12 years there playing in 1183 games. In five seasons he hit .227 with 79 hits 11 HRs 8 doubles 3 triples 29 runs scored 37 RBIs & a .287 on base %.

Retirement: After his playing days Norman became a coach & manager in the Florida State League (1987) the Arizona League (1995/2000) & the Canadian baseball League (2003).

Feb 25, 2020

Anthony Recker: Former Mets Backup Catcher (2013-2015)

Anthony Vito Recker was born on August 29th in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The six foot tow catcher attended Alvernia College in Reading, Pa. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 18th round of the 2005 amateur draft.

Recker played in the minors for seven years before getting an MLB call up & actually considered retirement from the game. He & a friend made a pact they would join the FBI if Recker's career did'nt go anywhere back in the late 2000's.

He did show some power in his minor league career hitting 15 plus HRs in both 2007 & 2009. His best year came in 2011 hitting .288 with 16 HRs & 48 RBIs, finally getting called up to the big leagues..

Recker debuted with the Oakland A's on August 25th in New York in a 22-9 debacle in which he caught the entire four & a half hour loss. He played in five games the rest of the season hitting .176.

In 2012 he began the year with Oakland in hopes of making it as backup catcher, but he hit just .129 through late May & was sent to the minors. In August he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Blake Lalli & then was placed on waivers in October.

He was picked up by the New York Mets, where he was to fill in as a backup catcher behind the newly acquired, veteran John Buck. Buck was to take the catching duties until Travis d'arnaud was ready to get to the big leagues full time.
Recker made his Mets debut on April 7th, getting a start behind the plate at Citi Field in a 4-3 Mets win over the Miami Marlins. In the 5th inning he doubled to bring in Ruben Tejada for his first hit & RBI.

On May 10th he hit his first career HR, coming at Citi Field in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On June 5th at Washington, he had a big two hit three RBI day in a 10-1 Mets win over the Nats. Recker singled off Dan Haren with the bases loaded bringing in a pair & then later doubled home Marlon Byrd in the 5th.

On June 18th he got the call to catch Zack Wheeler in his much anticipated MLB debut at Atlanta. Wheeler struck out seven, allowed no runs on four hits while earning a win, in his home town state.

On June 30th Recker pitched the 9th inning of a Mets 13-2 win over the Washington Nationals, to help out a tired bullpen.

 Although he was only batting .157, he was seeing more playing time from late June to early July & had a strong start to the month. Recker hit HRs in back to back games against the Arizona D-backs at Citi Field collecting three hits. 

On July 9th he homered off Barry Zito in San Francisco, as the Mets took three games from the reigning world series champs. On August 8th, his 4th inning sac fly scored Marlon Byrd in what turned out to be the games 2-1 winning run over the Arizona D-backs.

Recker with Mets Legend Rusty Staub
The Mets traded John Buck at the end of August & Recker was the clubs main back up catcher. In 50 games he hit .215 with 6 HRs 7 doubles & 19 RBIs. 

Behind the plate he has thrown out 21% of would be base stealers & posted a .990 fielding %.

Family: In the off season Recker married his wife Kelly.

The Mets were confident enough to go into 2014 with youngsters; Recker & Travis d'arnaud as their two main catchers.

On April 12th, in an inter league contest in Los Angeles / Anaheim, Recker hit a 13th inning game winning HR off Matt Shoemaker. Earlier in the game he had a two run single as well. 

He hit two HRs in April then would not hit another until July 6th, a three run shot against the Texas Rangers in a 8-4 Mets win. 

On August 11th, Matt den Dekker tied up a game with a 7th inning double at Citizen's Bank Park. Recker followed two batters later with a two run HR, sealing the Mets 5-3 victory.

In his next three games stretching over two weeks, he homered in them all. On August 31st, he hit a three run HR off the Phillies A.J. Burnett leading New York to a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

On September 7th he blasted a two run shot off the Reds Mat Latos in a
4-3 Mets win at Cincinnati. He added another HR on September 11th.

In 58 games he hit 7 HRs with 27 RBIs nine doubles but hit just .201. But he played a fine defense in a back up role, throwing out 37% of would be base stealers & posting a .998 fielding %. For a brief period he was given the main job as Travis d'arnaud was sent down to fine tune his skills.

In 2015 he began the year backing up Travis d'Arnaud. But when d'Arnaud went down with injury the Mets promoted Kevin Plawecki as their main catcher. 

This made Recker his backup. He enjoyed his first multi HR game in a May 14th Mets loss at Wrigley Field.

After 19 games he was batting just .143 & was optioned to AAA Las Vegas in mid June.

In 18 games at AAA Las Vegas he has hit 7 HRs while batting .292 while winning the June 29th Pacific Coast Leagues Player of the Week Award.

He returned in late July & played with the Mets the rest of the regular season. He finished up 2015 batting .125 with 2 HRs & 5 RBIs in 32 games. He did not play in the post season.

In November 2015 he was granted free agency & signed with the Cleveland Indians. He played there in Spring Training but was traded to the Atlanta Braves in May 2016. He got promoted after an injury to Braves catcher Tyler Flowers. In 33 games he batted .278 with 2 HRs 15 RBIs.

In 2017 he was one of the last two players to make the opening day roster. He played in just six games but by the end of April he was demoted.

In July he was traded to the Minnesota Twins but was outrighted to the minors a week later. In March of 2018 he got a chance with the Arizona Diamondbacks, playing at their AAA Reno club. He was granted free agency in November 2018.

In his seven year career ,he caught 172 games (140 with the Mets) throwing out 26% of would be base stealers, posting a .990 fielding %. Overall he played in 206 games batting .199 with 18 HRs 28 doubles & 70 RBIs.

Feb 24, 2020

Former Italian / American Hall of Fame Player: Ron Santo (1960-1974)

Ronald Edward Santo was born on February 25th, 1940 in Seattle, Washington. The six foot right hand hitting third baseman, was signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1959 as an amateur free agent.  He played two pro seasons in the minors, before making the Cubs big league club during the 1960  season.

By 1961 he was a regular, securing a spot as the Cubs third baseman for next thirteen seasons. 

In that time he made nine All Star appearances & received voted for the league MVP six times. He would hit 20 or more HRs eleven times, including four straight seasons of 30 plus (1965-1967). He finished in the leagues top ten in that category seven times.

He would drive in 90 runs or better eight straight seasons, with four 100 plus RBI seasons. He was second in the NL in RBIs three times (1964, 1968-1969) but never led the league.

Santo did lead the league in walks four times, including three straight seasons from 1966-1968. He also led the league in sac flies & times on base three times, as well as on base % & games played twice. Not known for his speed, he also led the league in triples in 1964. 

In his 15 year career, Santo was a lifetime .277 hitter, batting over .300 four times, making three top ten appearances in the leagues hitting department.

He posted 2254 hits (160th all time) with 342 HRs (92nd all time) 1331 RBIs (93rd all time) & 365 doubles (237th all time). He drew 1108 walks (75rd all time) & posted a .362 on base % in 2243 games played (125th all time).

With all that offense, his defensive number may be more impressive. Defensively he was one of the best third baseman of his era, but he was over shadowed only by the Baltimore Orioles; Brooks Robinson.

Santo won five straight Gold Glove Awards in the sixties (1964-1968) leading the league in double plays six times, assists & put outs seven times each. He also set NL records for career assists (4,532), total chances (6,777) and double plays (389) at third base (all of which were eventually broken).

His 2130 games at third base are still 9th most all time. He has 4581 assists (5th all time) & 1955 put outs (13th all time). Santo turned 395 doubles plays (9th all time). He led the league six times in that category during his playing days. He also mad 317 errors (30th all time) leading the NL three times there as well.

Trivia: In a 1966  game, the New York Mets jack Fisher hit Santo with a pitch fracturing his cheekbone, during a Cubs team record hitting streak. Santo missed two weeks of action & returned wearing an ear flap on his helmet, making him one of the first players to do so.

On May 28th 1966, Santo hit a game winning, three run walk off HR off the Braves; Ted Abernathy to beat Atlanta 8-5 at Wrigley Field. The next day he hit another walk off game winner, beating Atlanta 3-2 in the 10th inning. It would be 45 years until another player (Albert Pujols) accomplished this feat.

1969 Heel Clicking: In 1969 Ron Santo & the Cubs were riding high, in first place for 180 games going into September. Santo was part of a Cubs infield that sent every player to that years All Star Game in Washington D.C.

In a June 1969 game, the Cubs were down 6-3 to the Montreal Expos. Although Santo grounded out in the inning, the Cubs came back to win it on a Jim Hickman game winning HR. Santo was so excited about the win, he jumped up, clicking his heels as the tea, walked off the field. Cubs then Manger; the legendary Leo Durocher. liked it so much, he asked Santo to continue the heel clicking after each win.

In July the New York Mets first got a glimpse of this, after a 1-0 win beating Tom Seaver, in the first game of a big three game series at Wrigley Field.

Ron Santo did his traditional leap in the air clicking his heels as the Cubs exited the field. This a week after Seaver's 'imperfect game" where he one hit the Cubs at Shea Stadium on July 9th. This did not sit well with the young New York Mets, who were getting cocky themselves as they kept winning. They thought Santos antics were it Busch league.

The Amazing’s went on to take the next two games at Wrigley, proving they were for real, coming within four games of the first place Cubbies.

Black Cat Night At Shea: In a now famous scene of the 1969 Mets season, Santo is seen watching a black cat run by him, in deck circle, one his way over to peer into the Cubs dugout. It has become known as 'black cat night" at Shea Stadium in September 1969. The black cat dropped his bad luck to the Cubs, during the Mets two game series sweep of Chicago, moving them within a half game of first place.

In the opening game, New Jersey born Cubs pitcher; Bill Hands threw at Mets leadoff hitter Tommie Agee to send a message. Mets Jerry Koosman answered by drilling Santo in his first at bat, in the second inning. Agee later followed with a two run HR leading the Mets to a 3-2 win. In September the Mets took over first place, Santo stopped clicking his heels on September 2nd, the last day his team was in first place.

Many have put him down for his over confident antics at the time & through the years. In 1969 after the Cubs collapse, the Amazing Mets went on to win the World Series. Santo finished 1969 with 29 HRS (8th in the NL) 123 RBIs (2nd in the NL) & a .289 batting average for the second place Cubs.

Santo was still productive in the early seventies but health slowly began to creep up on him as he reached 30 years old. He hit 20 plus HRs three times from 1970-1973, with four straight 70 plus RBI seasons. He hit .300 once (1972), with three .267 seasons. In 1974 he was one of the first players to decline a trade due to the new ten & five rule negotiated by the Players Union in 1972. He declined a trade to the California Angels but soon accepted a trade across town to the Chicago White Sox.

The Sox had slugger Bill Melton at third base & Santo was mostly used as a DH. It was a role he hated, but Manager Chuck Tanner would not sit Melton, who had previously had two 30 plus HR seasons himself. Santo was tried out at second base but it did not work out. He retired at the end of that 1974 season at the age of 34.

Health: Santo was diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager but hid it from the team in fear he would have to leave the game. He judged his sugar levels by his mood swings before the technology for diabetic detection improved.

He did not make it publicly known until "Ron Santo Day" in Chicago in 1971. The disease would eventually cause him to have both legs amputated & factor in to his death in 2010.

Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field 1971

Retirement: Santo was a Chicago Cubs radio broadcaster from 1990-2010. He worked alongside guys like Harry Carry, Thom Brennaman, Steve Stone & Bob Brenly. Santo became popular with a whole new generation of Cub fans due to his loyalty to the team.

Passing: On December 2, 2010 he passed away after complications from bladder cancer. At his funeral his casket was draped with his uniform #10, carried by former team mates Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Glenn Beckert & Randy Hundley. He was cremated & had his ashes scattered over Wrigley Field.

Ernie Banks, Ron Santo & Billy Williams

Honors: During his lifetime, Santo was one of the strongest candidates for the Hall of Fame who did not got in because he never won a World Series or hit some of the Hall's magic numbers. After his death, Santo did get elected in by the 2012 Veteran's Committee.

In 2003 his uniform #10 was retired by the Cubs & hangs underneath Mr. Cub’s Ernie Banks. He told Cub fans that this honor was more important on him being in the Hall of Fame. I 2012 a statue of him was erected outside Wrigley Field.

Feb 20, 2020

Remembering Mets History: (1960's) The Shea Usherettes, Diamond Club Hostesses & Players Wives

Back in 1964 when Shea Stadium opened during the midst of the New York's World Fair, it was a grand place. 

It was a major tourist attraction & one of the biggest most beautiful ball parks in all of baseball.

One of its most interesting & good looking attractions, were the Shea Stadium Usherettes & hostesses. An usherette is defined as a female hostess who greets & escorts a paying customer to their seat at a stadium or concert hall.

The Shea Stadium Usherettes dressed like the airline stewardesses of the mid sixties, in seersucker suits, with knee high skirts, sexy but yet very professional looking. 

Some of the designs captured a 1900th Century look. Some designs displayed bright blazers, striped jackets, derby hats, 

Some wore the solid Mets color jackets & skirts with the Mets logo on their left breast. Others wore a blue & orange pinstripe style with bow ties. Both uniforms were usually accompanied by a hat.

The Shea Stadium, Diamond Club Restaurant also had its own set of ladies, they were hostesses that greeted & sat its patrons down to their seats. 

These were tough jobs to get. The Mets were way ahead of their times with the restaurant idea & hiring of young the ladies.

Here is a promotional photo of the 1964 New York Mets players wives at the Shea Diamond Club. Left to right: Jackie Hunt, Shirley Kanehl, Rachel Altman, Annitte Hunter, Martha Cisco, Nancy Willey, Carol Smith, Barbara Bearnarth, Beverly Cannizzaro, Nadine Jackson & Marie Taylor.

Left is a charity event photo, with some of the 1968 Mets players wives. Standing left to right: Lavonne Koosman, Nancy Seaver,Yvonne Harrelson, Sharon Grote, Cecilia Swoboda, Nadine Jackson, Carol Kranepool & Barbara Weis. Kneeling: Caroline Selma, Ruth Ryan  Diane Bucheck.

Feb 17, 2020

The Sad Story of Jenrry Mejia (2010-2015)

Jenrry Manuel Mejia was born on October 11th, 1989 in Tabara Arriba, Dominican Republic.

At first he worked as a shoe shine boy, near the Santa Domingo air port, starting at age 11. He did not start playing baseball until he was 15 years old, realizing he could make a lot of money doing it.

The six foot, right hander was signed by the New York Mets in 2007. In 2008 he went 2-0 with the Gulf Coast Mets pitching the league's only complete games shut out. He was promoted to A ball Brooklyn Cyclones where he went 3-2 holding the NY /Penn. League hitter to a .209 average against him (4th lowest in the league).

In 2009 he went to St. Lucie & was an impressive 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA. He was promoted to the AA Binghamton Mets, where he was the youngest player at that level. He struggled going 0-5, then missed time with a strain in his finger. He was named to the Futures Game but missed out due to the injury.

In 2010 he had a fine Spring Training & made the Mets bullpen roster going North. He was the youngest Met to start a season since Dwight Gooden in 1984, even though he had never won a game above the A ball level.

He made his big league debut, relieving John Maine on April 7th, 2010, pitching two innings allowing a run in a 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins.

He would settle in to only allow one earned run over the next month, in a game he took his first loss in at Colorado. 

On May 9th, he blew a save opportunity when he served up a two run HR to the San Francisco Giants; Aaron Rowand. He was sent back to the minors in late June, bouncing around with four teams before returning to the Mets in September.

He made his first career start on September 4th, with Mike Nickeas behind the plate making his MLB debut. The youngster lost two more decisions, ending his first season at 0-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 33 appearances.

In 2011 he began the season at AA Buffalo & was ready to go back to New York, but then suffered a tear of his medial collateral ligament, which led to Dr. James Andrews performing Tommy John surgery.

He returned to pitching in 2012, going through the ranks where he went 4-4 overall with a 3.59 ERA. Mejia made his return to the Mets on September 7th, 2012 finishing up a 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He threw two innings allowing a run, a hit & a walk.

On September 15th, he got a start in Milwaukee against the Brewers were he gave up five runs on six hits in just three innings. 

On September 24th, he pitched five scoreless innings at Citi Field earning his first win, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates. In five appearances he was 1-2 with a 5.62 ERA, striking out 8 batters & walking 9 in 16 innings.

In 2013 he pitched in six games at various minor league levels, going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA, at AA Binghamton during the summer & was ready.

Mejia made his Mets 2013 debut on July 26th, in a start at Washington D.C. He pitched seven innings of shutout ball, striking out seven walking no one in the 11-0 win.

He took a tough 3-2 loss to the Marlins; Henderson Alvarz, in Miami in his second start. On August 6th, he went into the 6th inning against the Colorado Rockies giving up just one run with seven strike outs, but earned a no decision in the 3-2 loss.

On August 12th he allowed two earned runs in six innings to the red hot Dodgers in Los Angeles. But an unearned run was the difference as he took the loss to Ricky Nolasco. 

In a rotation of All Star starter Matt Harvey & rookie sensation Zack Wheeler, Mejia along with Jonathan Neise & Dillon Gee looked to be a fine starting staff.

But then Mejia went down with injury, as he underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his throwing elbow. In five games in 2013, he went 1-2 with a 2.30 ERA, 27 strike outs & just four walks in 27 innings of work. 

Mejia was ready & healthy by Spring Training 2014, he won out the 5th starter spot beating out Daisuke Matsuzaka & John Lannan.

He had a great start to the season as a starter, on April 4th he allowed just one run on four hits in six innings beating the Cincinnati Reds. After a rough start to the Braves in Atlanta he won his next two games & was 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA. 

But then he struggled getting through the opposing line up after the second time around. He gave up six runs to the Miami Marlins & in his next start allowed eight runs to the Rockies in Colorado.

In mid May he was moved to the bull pen to fine tune things up. At first he was not happy about the move but eventually adjusted into the role. After a late inning relief appearance in the May 12th subway series, in which he earned a win, he was 4-0.

On May 17th he was used as a closer, earning his first save of the year, it came in Washington against the Nationals. Mejia took over the closing role, as the Kyle Farnsworth & Jose Valverde experiments were both failures. Mejia took two losses in that month but also recorded five saves. 

Acting Up: By summer he was comfortable in the closing role & after every save began to show an emotional stomping celebration on the mound. Things went a bit too far when he made the last out in a game against the National & motioned to the hitter like he was reeling in a fish. 

At first Manager Terry Collins defended his pitcher as being very emotional, saying "I'm writing it off as an error of enthusiasm by a young player," . But soon after, he asked him to turn the celebration down a notch, to which he agreed. 

In July he blew one save but then saved eight straight games going into early August. On August 10th, he blew another save, allowing a tying run by Marlon Byrd & a walk off single to Ryan Howard. He also took two 9th inning losses at home, one to the San Francisco Giants & one to the Chicago Cubs. In both games he had entered to 1-1 ties. 

From August 26th he then saved nine straight games & his ERA which was over four began to lower. On the year he went 6-6 with 28 saves, finishing up 49 games (10th in the NL). He struck out 98 batters while walking 41 in 93.2 innings pitched.

2015 was a disaster for Mejia, he started out the year penciled in as the teams closer. 

But on Opening Day he felt  stiffness in his elbow which led to a trip to the DL. On April 11th  he was found dirty for using a anabolic steroid, he received an 80 game suspension. 

By the time his suspension was through, Jeurys Familia had locked down the Mets closer role & the Mets were on their way to an NL Eastern title.

Mejia was looked at to be the set up man for Familia, but he quickly was found dirty again, getting suspended for another 162 games. This most likely ended the fools career with the Mets.

In seven appearances he  was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA seven strike outs in seven innings.

Mets Manager Terry Collins called it a "bad, bad decision on Jenrry's part. "(I am) extremely, extremely disappointed in what’s happened. This team’s had enough bad breaks and bad luck this year to last a long time."

Release & Ban: In February of 2016 he sealed his faith, failing a drug test for the third time & violating MLB policies. The Mets officially released him. He also was permanently banned from baseball. He was allowed to apply for reinstatement after a year of the ban but must be out of MLB for at least two years. 

In 2019 the Red Sox signed him to a minor league deal. He went an overall 2-8 with eight saves & a 6.02 ERA at A ball Lowell, AA Portland & AAA Pawtucket. He was released at the end of the season.

Quotes- NY Mets After His 2016 Suspension: “We were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support MLB's policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension."