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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 t

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) s

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 w

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 a

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 Philadelphia Phillies         New York Mets 1 John Briggs CF 1 Bud Harrelson SS 2 Cookie Rojas 2B 2 Bobby Pfeil 3B 3 Dick Allen 1B 3 Tommie Agee CF 4 Johnny Callison RF 4 Donn Clendenon 1B 5 Deron Johnson 3B 5 Ron Swoboda RF 6 Ron Stone LF 6 Jerry Grote C 7 Mike Ryan C 7 Rod Gaspar LF 8 Don Money SS 8 Al Weis 2B 9 Grant Jackson P 9 Tom Seaver P Tom

Looking Back At Tom Seaver's Career At the All Star Game

Looking back at Tom Seaver's history at the All Star Game:   As soon as Tom Seaver arrived at the 1967 MLB All Star Game, he was approached in the club house, by St. Louis Cardinal's base stealer Lou Brock. Brock asked him if he'd mind fetching him a coke, thinking he was a clubhouse attendant. The Young Seaver told Mr. Brock, that he was a player on the team. For many years later, Seaver joked with Brock about the incident, at the annual Cooperstown Hall of fame induction ceremonies. Tom Seaver made his first All Star appearance, in his 1967 rookie season. The game was played at Anaheim Stadium, in Anaheim, California. Seaver was born north, in Fresno & had attended USC college. So he had many family & friends in attendance at the game.  He entered the game in the bottom of the 15th inning with the NL ahead 2-1. They had gotten the lead after The Reds' Tony Perez hit a HR off Oakland's Catfish Hunter in the top half of the inning. Seaver told the