Sep 26, 2020

Luis Guillorme: 2019 Mets Infielder (2018-2020)

Luis Miguel Guillorme Gonzales was born September 27th, 1994 in Caracas, Venezuela. The five foot, ten, infielder is nicknamed Luismi. As a youngster he held dual citizenships in Venezuela & Spain.

Drama: When Luis was a child he went with his cousin for a drive with & his toddler brother along for the ride as well. They were carjacked at gunpoint.
Quotes- Guillorme: "I had no business being outside, you can be outside & somebody can rob you for a pair of shoes. If you have something nice over there ,you can get in trouble for that. So you'd rather stay inside."
His father made a playing area for him to practice baseball by knocking down a wall making two rooms, one large area. It was there he spent his days, practicing & getting good with his hands  to become the fine defensive infielder he is. His childhood baseball hero, was Omar Vizuel.

Eventually his family moved to Davie, Florida. He no longer had the room to throw the ball off the wall, but his parents bought him a batting cage for the back yard. There he attended Coral Springs charter school & was a stand out baseball player.

He was drafted by the New York Mets, in the tenth round of the 2013 draft, mainly for his outstanding defensive skills.

 The infielder is not a power hitter, hitting just five career minor league homers in 2021 at bats. In 2015 he did hit .318 at A ball Savannah & .283 at AA Binghamton in 2017.

In 2018 the Mets gave him a chance, as he was brought up when Tomas Nido was optioned to Las Vegas. 

He made his debut on May 11th, 2018 as a 9th inning pinch runner. He scored the games tying run as Devin Morasco hit a two run game winning HR. Two days later, Guillorme collected a hit as a pinch hitter, in his first official at bat. Both games were at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. 

On May 15th he drove in his first run, in a 12-2 Mets win at Citi Field over the Toronto Blue Jays. 

He saw steady action through out May, highlighted by collecting four hits & three RBIs in a day / night doubleheader split in Atlanta. He then struggled in June & was sent down after batting just .172 up to that point. He returned briefly in late July, early August. 

In 35 games he saw action at third (14 games) & second base (8 games) making just one error in 30 chances. He batted .209 with 5 RBIs & two triples. At AAA Las Vegas he batted .304 in 69 games.

Guillorme was invited to Spring Training 2019 where he was 4-8 with a walk in his first five games. He also sported one of the best beards in Florida Spring Training 2019.

He was with the club in April seeing limited action for his fine defense. He then spent two months at AAA Syracuse, playing 69 games batting an impressive .307 with 7 HRs & 32 RBIs.

He saw action in five games with the Mets in July & then got called back up when Robinson Cano went down with a pulled hamstring. 

He enjoyed playing in the midst of the Mets 15 of 16 game win streak, contributing in a personal career moment on Saturday August 10th.

With the Mets down 3-2 to the Nationals in the 8th inning, Luis pinch hit for Juan Lagares facing veteran 42 year old pitcher, Fernando Rodney.

Guillorme shocked everyone, blasting a HR to right field, tying the game which the Mets went on to win, continuing their eight game win streak. It was his first career HR in 100 at bats.

Keeping a modest straight face as he rounded the bases, he electrified the crowd & his team mates as they greeted him in the dugout.

Quotes- Luis Guillorme: "That was great for me and it helped the team, too. If we're down one or five, we just know somebody is going to pick it up. Especially since the crowd, it helps out a lot when you have that energy out there. It just makes it easier."

Three games later, he had another pinch hit RBI but in a Mets losing cause. On August 21st, he came to bat as a pinch hitter with the Mets down 2-1 to the Cleveland Indians. Guillorme was successful once again, hitting a double to center field off pitcher, Adam Plutko, giving the Mets the lead. The Mets won the game & swept the Indians, chasing the wild card spot.

It was his last RBI of the year, he would have five more hits in 15 at bats. He played at second, third & short for the Mets, making just one error in 48 chances, turning 12 double plays.

Sep 19, 2020

Frankie Frisch -"the Fordham Flash: Bronx Born New York Giants Hall of Famer

Frank Francis Frisch was born in the Bronx, New York on September 9th, 1898. He went to Fordham University and starred in four sports earning the nickname "The Fordham Flash".

He was signed by the hometown New York Giants right out of college playing for legendary manager John McGraw. His fiery competitiveness & solid second base play led to him being named the Giants team Captain. He would hit over .300 every year he played on the Giants, except his first year. He led the Giants to four straight pennants winning two World Series in 1921 & 1922.

In 1921 he had his first great year, leading the league in stolen bases (49) batting .341 (7th in the league) gathering 211 hits. He hit 17 triples (3rd in the NL) with 31 doubles scoring 121 runs (2nd in the NL) & driving in 100 runs (5th in the NL).

In the 1921 World Series Frisch hit .300 (9-30) with three walks, three stolen bases, five runs scored and a triple.

In 1922 he played in a bit fewer games (132) stealing 31 bases, with 5 HRs 16 doubles 13 triples & 51 RBIs. He had a good World Series batting .471 (8-17) with an on base percentage of .474%.

1922 World Series: In Game #1 he had two hits, including an 8th inning single which was the third straight single of the inning. He would score the games winning run on a sac fly by Ross Youngs.

He had two hits in each of the next two games, driving in two of the three runs in Game #3 at the Polo Grounds. In Game #5 Frisch doubled in the 8th inning & then scored the game’s tying run on High Pockets Kelly’s base hit. The Giants would go on to win the game & their second straight World Series.

In the 1923 regular season Frisch led the league in hits (223) total bases (311) stealing 29 bases (5th in the league). He was third in the NL with 111 RBIs, & third with 116 runs scored, hitting 32 doubles (9th in the NL) with 12 HRs & 10 triples.

1923 World Series: In the 1923 World Series he was 10-30 posting a .400 batting average with four doubles. In Game #1 he put the Giants ahead in the 3rd inning with an RBI single in a game they would win 5-3. In the final Game #6 he refused to go down quietly as he gathered three hits in the losing effort.

In 1924 he hit .328 (8th in the NL) leading the league in runs scored (121) gathering 198 hits (3rd in the NL) 33 doubles (4th in the NL) 15 triples (5th in the NL) 22 steals & a .387 on base % (10th in the NL). 

1924  World Series: In Game #1 of the 1924 World Series he had  two hots, a doule & walk in the Giants 4-3 win over Washington. He collected two more hits in the Giants Game #3 win as well. Although the Giants had a three to two Series lead, they lost the last two games to the Senators. In those two games Frisch had four hits, a double, triple & a walk. Overall in the series he hit .300 (10-20) with five extra base hits.

He hit .331 the next year followed by a .314 year in 1926, stealing just over twenty bases each season. Manager John McGraw ripped into Frisch publicly after missing a sign that resulted in an August 1926 loss during a crucial game in the pennant race.

Frisch was furious about being criticized & spoke out against his manager. From that point on the two fiery personalities could barely tolerate each other. This resulted in a shocking off season, block buster trade in which Frisch went to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for the great Rogers Hornsby.

In St. Louis Frisch had a rough start replacing the popular Hornsby but eventually did win the Cardinal fans over. He was the driving force of the famous St. Louis "Gas House Gang" with his aggressive no bull style of play.

He would hit over .300 in his first five seasons with the Cardinals, lead the league in stolen bases twice, score over 100 runs three times & hit thirty or more doubles four times. He would hit over .300 in seven out of the next eight seasons for the Cardinals, and bat over .290 in eight out of ten years. The Cardinals would go on to play in four World Series after Frankie Frisch arrived, winning two Championships.

In 1927 & 1928 he led all second baseman in fielding. It was the first time he led the league in that category after coming in second three other seasons. 

In 1931 he was voted the NL MVP hitting .311 with a league leading 28 stolen bases, 4 HRs, 24 doubles 4 triples 96 runs scored 82 RBIs & a .368 on base %. That season he led the Cards to the World Championship over Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A's, hitting .259 in the Series with one RBI going 7-27.

He became a player/ manger in 1933 & played in the first three All Star games for the National League.

In 1934 he led the famous "Gas House Gang" to another World Series Championship batting .305 with 168 hits, 30 doubles, 6 triples, 75 RBIs & a .356 on base %. He averaged 55 at bats for every strike out he had, the best percentage in the NL & the third time in his career he led in that category.

1934 World Series: In the 1934 World Series Frisch drove in a run in Game # 3 gathering two hits. In Game #7 he cleared the bases on a third inning double giving the Cards a 3-0 lead, as they went on to go to an 11-0 romp over the Detroit Tigers winning the Championship. Although he drove in four runs in the Series, he only batted .194 in what would be his last Fall Classic.

Frisch played in eight World Series, 50 games overall batting .294 with 58 hits 10 doubles 3 triples 9 stolen bases 10 RBIs with a .335 on base %. He won four World Championships, two with the New York Giants & two with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He managed the Cards through 1938, & then took over as skipper to the Chicago Cubs from 1949-1951. In his managerial career he was 1138-1078.

He ended his 19 year playing career in 1937 with a .316 average (67th best all time), 2880 hits (42nd all time) 1532 runs scored (61st all time) 105 HRs, 466 doubles (95th all time) & 138 triples (66th all time). 

The Flash had 419 stolen bases (63rd all time), 1244 RBIs (136th all time) 229 sac hits (53rd all time) & a .369 on base % playing in 2311 games (112th all time).

Defensively he played 1762 games at second base(24th most all time) turning 1062 doubles plays (24th all time) . He committed 280 errors (39th all time) with 6026 assists (13th all time) with 4348 put outs (16th all time) & a .970 fielding %. He also played 459 games at third base (.953 %) & 75 games at short (.934%).

Frisch was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame in 1947 & served on the Veterans Committee until the time of his death. In 1999 the Sporting News voted him #88 of the All Time greatest players.

Retirement: He worked as a New York Giants coach & radio broadcaster in the 1950's, until a heart attack slowed him down in 1956.

He was a long time resident at 184 Fenimore Road in the Bonnie Crest neighborhood of New Rochelle, New York.

He later moved to Rhode Island & passed away there in 1973, at age 74 after complications from a car accident. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York.

Honors: A ball field on Webster Ave. at Mosholu Parkway & E. 201st St. in the Bronx, near his old school, Fordham University is named after him.

The field has a baseball diamond, a backstop, dug-outs, a drinking fountain and bleachers.

Sep 5, 2020

Jerry Blevins: Former Mets Reliever (2015-2018)

Jerry Richard Blevins was born September 6th 1983 in Johnson City Tennessee. The tall six foot six left handed reliever attended the University of Dayton, pitching for their baseball team going 7-4 in 21 games for two seasons. Blevins was signed by the Chicago Cubs in 2004 in the 17th round.

After spending four seasons in the Cubs system he was traded along with catcher Rob Bowen to the Oakland Athletics for Jason Kendall in 2007. 

He made the 2007 A's bullpen as a September call up that year, debuting on September 16th against the Texas Rangers pitching a perfect 9th inning. 

The following year he was designated for assignment in May but then resigned. Overall Blevins would spend seven seasons with the Oakland A's as a middle to late inning reliever.

His best seasons came in 2012 when he was 5-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 63 appearances, finishing up 17 games & 2013 when he was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA in 67 appearances, finishing up 14 games. That year his first win came in a 19 inning game against the L.A. Angels. 

In those two years he was 10-1 with 18 holds, 106 strike outs & just 43 walks in 125 innings.

2012 Post Season: In the 2012 ALDS against the Detroit Tigers, he made three relief appearances, with no decisions finishing up the Game #1 loss. In Game #4 he pitched a scoreless 6th & the inning in the A's 4-3 victory.

At the end of Spring Training 2014 he was traded to the Washington Nationals for former Met, Matt den Dekker. That year he helped the NL Eastern Champion Nats pitching in 64 appearances going 2-3 with nine holds & a 4.87 ERA. He struck out 66 batters in 57 innings.

2014 Post Season: He made three NLDS appearances against the San Francisco Giants, striking out two & allowing no runs in 3.1 innings.

In March of 2015 he was traded to the New York Mets for Matt den Dekker.

Mets Career: Blevins debuted on Opening Day with the Mets, getting former Nat team mate Bryce Harper to line out in the 9th inning. The Mets went on to a 3-1 victory in D.C. 

Blevins was quickly becoming Terry Collins left handed late inning reliever as he notched himself five holds in seven games not allowing an earned run. Left hand batters were 0-14 against him out of the Mets bullpen.

On April 16th he earned his only win, beating the Miami Marlins. He had given up a fielders choice that allowed an inherited run to score, but benefited from RBIs by Lucas Duda & Michael Cuddyer.

On April 9th he was hit by a comebacker & suffered a fracture of his left arm. He went on the DL & later slipped on a curb in Florida refracturing his arm again. He was out for the rest of the season as the Mets went on to the World Series.

Quotes: Jerry Blevins- “I was on the phone with my now-wife and slipped and caught myself. It wasn’t anything crazy. It just happened.  I caught myself, and I just felt a little bit of pain. I went back into the training room and it felt sore. And we iced it and it didn’t go away. So we went and checked it out -- X-ray style. It came back and there was a little crack. So we decided to go with the surgery.”

In December 2015 the Mets resigned him to a one year $4 million deal. Blevins returned to Mets Spring Training with high hopes in 2016.

Quotes: Jerry Blevins- "There’s always curiosity. Something is new. I’ve got metal latched to bone in my arm. So there was definitely a bit of apprehension. But there’s only one way to find out how it’s going to be. And that’s to start throwing. Knock on wood, it’s been great so far. I haven’t had any issues. It feels really good now.”

Blevins became a valuable asset to the Mets bullpen in 2016, seeing action mostly in the late innings as the left handed specialist. On April 13th he earned his first win a 2-1 Mets victory over the Miami Marlins. The rest of the month he recorded four holds to his credit.

By late June his ERA was a personal season low at 1.45, that month he earned his second win another 2-1 Mets win, this time at Milwaukee.

On July 4th, Yoenis Cespedes broke a 6-6 tie against the Miami Marlins in what turned out to be the winning runs. Blevins got the win & went to 3-0. He suffered two losses & a blown save as he closed out August.

In September he recorded his first two saves of the year, one coming on September 13th in an extra inning (10 inning) 4-3 win over the Nationals in Washington D.C. Later that week on the 18th, he recorded save #2 in a 3-2 win at home over the Minnesota Twins. 

Blevins added two more holds to earn 16 holds on the season. Overall he was 4-2 with two saves, posting a 2.79 ERA, striking out 52 in 42 innings pitched while walking 15. He was third on the staff with 73 appearances.

In what became the disaster season of 2017, Blevins was probably the best pitcher to come out of the Mets Bullpen. It began in the third game of the Mets season where he earned his first hold. 

On April 10th he earned his first victory, pitching 2/3 of an inning in a 4-3 win at Philadelphia. A week later he would have trouble with the Phillies in New York blowing two save in a row, one ending in a Mets loss. 

On May 5th he pitched a scoreless 7th inning against the Miami Marlins, earning him his second win. That month he would earn up to seven holds keeping his ERA under two at 1.72.  

He entered June with another blown save, this time in a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. On June 7th, he gave up a two run HR to the Rangers Robinson Chirinos, tying the game. But he ended up with a win after the Mets scored in the top of the 9th.

On June 14th he pitched 1.1. scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs to get to win #4 on the year against no losses. By mid June, his ERA remained over two steadily for the first time. 

In July he earned his first save on July 21st against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. A week later he got his fifth win in relief coming in Seattle.

August brought two more blown saves & seeing his ERA get over three for the first time. But by August 30th he had 15 holds & earned his sixth win on August 27th against the Washington Nats. 

At this point he was 6-0 with a 2.66 ERA striking out 57 batters in 40.2 innings of work while walking 19 in a team leading 62 appearances.

The Mets picked up the option on his contract & he was penciled in as a key part of the 2018 Met bullpen. The year turned out to be a disaster and at the All Star break he was 1-1 with a 5.01 ERA in 38 appearances. 

Trivia: In June he made his first career start, he became the second pitcher since 1900 to allow two HRs to the first two batters he faced in a first start.

On August 6th, he earned his first save of the year, pitching the 9th inning & finishing off a 6-4 win over the Reds at Citi Field. On August 16th, he got his first career RBI, driving in Jose Reyes with a base hit, as the Mets scored five runs with four straight batters. It all happened in the Mets amazing, 24-4 win at Philadelphia.

After taking a loss at Wrigley Field where he allowed two 7th inning runs, Blevins evened his record to 2-2 on September 1st, as he pitched a scoreless 10th inning in a 2-1 Mets win at San Francisco. 

On September 13th he finished a game against the Marlins, earning a win when Michael Conforto & Todd Frazier hit back to back HRs in the bottom of the 9th to win it.

For 2018 he was 3-2 with a save, 41 Ks & 22 walks in 42 innings of work posting a 4.85 ERA. He was second on the club with 64 appearances.

The Mets let him go to free agency, he was signed by the Oakland A's but then had his contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves on April 28th 2019.

For Atlanta, he made 45 appearances going 1-0 with ten holds & 12 games finished, posting a 3.90 ERA. He struck out 37 walked 16 in 32 innings of work.

After the season he signed with the San Francisco Giants but was released in Spring Training.

In a 13 year career he is 30-13 with seven saves, 508 strike outs 195 walks, he gave up 50, pitching in 495 innings in 609 appearances.

Family: Jerry proposed to his wife Whitney, at the National Mall in Washington D.C. They had their first child, in March of 2018.

Sep 2, 2020

In Memory of Tom Seaver

It is with deep sadness that we say must say good bye to Tom Seaver upon his passing.

Tom Seaver was my baseball hero, as a kid he was the reason, growing up in the Bronx, that I became a Mets fan. Seaver was the greatest of them all, the best pitcher of his generation & one of the best of all time. He made the Mets respectable, he made them winners. He was a class act that worked hard, gave it his all & demanded respect. He loved the fans as much as we loved him. 

He led them to an Amazing World Series win in 1969, when they were the ultimate underdogs. Four years later, in 1973, he led them to another pennant, just falling short by one game of another Championship. This was the team I fell in love with.

He won 311 career games, but rarely had the distinction of pitching on teams that scored him any runs. It was usually 2-1 or 1-0 victories. Imagine how many games he would have won if his teams scored more for him. In 1977 the Mets broke our hearts when they traded him away. Baseball was never the same.

Our prayers go to his wife Nancy, his daughters & their families. At this point there is not much more I can say since I am saddened & some what shocked by this news.

Centerfieldmaz will post tributes to Tom Seaver over the next few days..............................

Remembering Mets History (1969) Tom Seaver's Imperfect Game

 Wednesday July 9th, 1969: On this date back in 1969, the New York Mets ball club made it's mark on the baseball map. It was the first night that the ballclub was recognized as a true contender. It is one of the most important nights in Mets regular season history, as well as one of the greatest Mets regular season games ever pitched or played.

The Mets were an expansion team in 1962 and had lost a record 120 games. The team consisted mostly of washed up veterans & below average young players who never had a chance to develop. By 1969 they had finished last all but one season, but Manger Gil Hodges brought a new attitude to New York, it was about playing hard to win. They now had some good young players who came through their system as well as some of the best young pitching arms in baseball.

By July 9th 1969, the Mets were playing the best baseball they had ever played in their eight year history. The Mets were rolling along on a seven game win streak, as they hosted the first place Chicago Cubs. The Mets were in second place just three & one half games behind the Cubs, whose manager was the old New York Giants legendary skipper; Leo Durocher. 

The Cubs were the best team in the NL at that time, with future Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams & slugger Ron Santo. They also had former Met Jim Hickman (21 HRs) as well as Todd Hundley's dad Randy Hundey at catcher & twenty game winner, New Jersey born; Bill Hands.

But the Mets were creeping up to the Cubs in the standings, especially now as the Cubs were on a five game losing streak. 

The Mets were surprising everyone & were the talk all around baseball. The Cubs didn't take them seriously and many others outside of New York also thought they were a farce. On July 9th 1969 that all changed. 

The previous night, Jerry Koosman beat Fergie Jenkins putting the Mets just 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the standings. 

Going into the second game of the series 51,079 Mets fans piled into a wild Shea Stadium to witness Tom Seaver pitch one of the best games of his career, now known as "The Imperfect Game". His opponent that night was Chicago's; Ken Holtzman.

Starting Lineups

Trivia: Mets All Star Short stop & Tom Seaver's room mate; Bud Harrelson was away in the Military Reserves.

The Mets wasted no time supporting Seaver, lead off batter;Tommie Agee led off with a triple . The number two hitter; Bobby Pfeil doubled to left field to score Agee, with the first run.

 The Shea fans were up & excited right away not even dreaming of the treat they were in for. In the top of the 2nd inning, Seaver struck out the side, sending Santo, Banks & Al Spangler down.

In the bottom of the 2nd; Jerry Grote & Al Wesi both reached on infield errors, from Santo & Don Kessinger. Tom Seaver then helped his own cause with a single to right field bringing in Grote. Next, Tommie Agee doubled to right, bringing home Al Weis; making it 3-0 Mets. Cleon Jones would add a solo HR in the bottom of the 7th, making it 4-0, as by this time the crowd was going crazy.

Tom Seaver said he felt like he could throw the ball where ever he wanted that night, hit every corner & have every pitch go exactly where he wanted. His fast ball was completely over powering. In the 3rd he got two fly outs & then struck out relief pitcher; Ted Abernathy.

In the 4th, he struck out Don Kessinger looking then got to east ground outs to third base. In the 5th he got Santo to fly out, Ernie Banks to ground out & then struck out Al Spangler. That night, Spangler struk out three times, Ernie Banks, Don Kessinger, & Ted Abernathy all went down on strikes twice each. 

In the 6th Randy Hundley & Jim Qualls grounded out & Abernathy went down looking. In the 7th; Kessinger & Beckert both flew out, with Billy Williams grounding out to third base. Seaver had not allowed any hits, nor any walks along the way.Through seven he had a perfect game going.

In the 8th inning, Ron Santo led off with a fly out to Agee in center. Seaver then struck out Banks & Spangler for his tenth & eleventh strike outs of the night. The Shea crowd were on their feet with excitement of every pitch. It was an incredible night for Mets fans.

In the top of the 9th with the Shea crowd on their feet, catcher Randy Hundley led off & cowardly attempted to bunt for a hit. But was the ball was played cleanly by Seaver, he tossed to Clendenon at first for the out. The next hitter was Jimmy Qualls.

Qualls was playing in just his 18th career game & Seaver wasn't familiar with him. Seaver was a genius in knowing the hitters, their weakness & how to get them out. But with Qualls he had never faced him nor had any scouting reports on him. 

Qualls singled to center field ruining the no hit bid as well as the bid for a perfect game. Seaver just put his hands on his waist & then slapped his glove, going about his business. The home town Shea crowd gave him a huge standing ovation. 

The next batter pinch hitter; Willie Smith, popped up for the second out. Then Don Kessinger flied out to Cleon Jones for the third out to end what became known as "Tom Seaver's The Imperfect Game".

Quotes: Tom Seaver:  "After the game my wife, Nancy, met me in tears, but the fact that I kept my composure and got the last two outs showed we were a team of maturity—a team ready to play more "big ones". Seaver explained that he told his weeping spouse, "What's the matter? I just pitched a one-hit shutout, didn't walk anybody and struck out 10."

The Mets fell as far as ten games back on August 13th, 1969 but from there on went 33-11 the rest of the way. On September 9th, 1969 they took over first place & never lost their lead. The "Amazing" Mets / The "Miracle" Mets- went on to win the 1969 NLCS & the World Series as one of the biggest underdog stories in sports history.

Tom Seaver went on to win his first Cy Young Award that Year leading the league in wins (25) going 25-7 with a .781 winning %. He struck out 208 batters (tenth in the NL), the first of a record setting nine straight seasons with over 200 strike outs. He posted a 2.21 ERA (4th in the NL) with 18 complete games (7th in the NL), five shut outs (6th in the NL) 273 innings pitched & 36 starts. 

July 9th, 1969 was the first of five one hitters thrown by Tom Seaver & the third in Mets history up to that point.

As for Jimmy Qualls, he would play in 43 games in 1969 batting .250 (30-120) with no HRs, five doubles, three triples & nine  RBIs, while posting a .266 on base %. Mets fans sent him hate mail & threatening letters. He was booed when ever he was spotted anywhere in New York.

He would get traded to the Montreal Expos in April 1970 & play most of the year in the minors. He played in just nine games getting one hit in nine at bats. He spent the next two years in the minors while getting traded to the Chicago White Sox where he played 11 games in 1972 going 0-11. 

Qualls ended his career in the minors in 1973 as Tom Seaver went on to win his second Cy Young Award. Qualls was a lifetime .223 hitter.

Remembering Mets History (1969) Tom Seaver Becomes First Met To Win 20 Games

Friday September 5th, 1969: A large crowd filled up Shea Stadium in New York, as this was the "happening place to be" in the Fall of '69.

Gil Hodges, New York Mets were continuing their run at catching the Chicago Cubs in the National League East. At this point the Mets (78-56) were just four 1/2 games back as they hosted George Myatt's fifth place Philadelphia Phillies (54-80) in a twi-night double header.

Tonight, Seaver also had a personal goal at stake. If he earned the victory he would become the first Mets pitcher in their brief seven year history to win twenty games.

Starting Lineups

Tom Seaver certainly knew what was at stake tonight, personally & for his hot ball club. The Mets ace certainly didn't want anyone else helping him achieve his goals. Seaver went the distance, allowing just one run one five hits as he struck out seven, walking just one batter.
The win put him at 20-7 with a 2.48 ERA. It was his fifth win in a row, on a stretch that had him winning his last ten decisions of the year, eight straight games.

Seaver never lost another game in 1969 after August 5th.
He was that years Cy Young Winner at 25-7 (first in wins) 4th in ERA (2.21) 10th in strike outs (208).
After falling behind 1-0, the Mets went ahead in a wacky 2nd inning. Jerry Grote reached on an error as Ron Swoboda & Rod Gaspar walked to load the bases.

Nancy Seaver Cheers on Her Husband Tom
Al Weis the singled to tie the game. Next Tom Seaver grounded to second base, a force at that base accounted for the second out as Swoboda scored.

 Gaspar also tried to score & an error on the catcher led to him sliding in safely as the second Mets run scored on the play making it 3-1. 
In the 8th inning Jerry Grote hit a two run HR, his 5th of the year finishing up up the 5-1 Mets win.