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Dan Warthen: 2015 NL Champions Mets Pitching Coach (2008 - 2017)

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Daniel Dean Warthen was born on December 1, 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska. Warthen was an All American High School quarterback, getting college scholarship offers from Nebraska, USC, UCLA, & Northwestern universities. He chose to play baseball instead, getting drafted in the second round, by the Montreal Expos in 1971. The left hander would get brought up to the majors in May 1975 making his debut, pitching a scoreless inning against  that years World Champion, Big Red Machine. He pitched in relief in his first few outings, going 4-2 with three saves toward the end of July.  He was thrown into the Expo rotation finishing the season at 8-6 with 3.11 ERA, striking out an impressive 128 batters in 167 innings. He also walked 87 batters. The following year he was 2-10 as he walked 66 batters in 90 innings pitched, allowing 53 earned runs. He would only pitch 20 more games in the majors at Montreal, going to the Philadelphia Phillies & Houston Astros over the next two seasons, wh

Remembering Mets History (1987): Ho Jo Joins 30-30 Club As Mets Take A Heartbreaking Loss On Terry Pendleton's HR

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Friday September 11th 1987: This was another classic (although not a good end result for the Mets) in the 1980's Mets Cardinals rivalry. There was no love loss between the two teams & when they played each other, they both turned it up a notch. The Mets were the reigning World Champions & the Cards would get to this years World Series, losing to the Minnesota Twins. Although the Mets took a tough loss on this night, it was a record setting night for Howard Johnson. Record Setter: In the 4th inning, Howard Johnson singled to left field with a soft line drive. With the Cards John Tudor on the mound & catcher Steve Lake behind the plate, Ho Jo took off for second base. He stole his 30th base of the year & went into the record books as the first infielder to join the 30-30 club. He joined an elite group of 30-30 members, like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Bobby Bonds, Dale Murphy & Eric Davis. On August 19th, Ho Jo had hit his 30th HR of the season, at Shea

Former Mets Third Baseman: "The Grave Digger" Richie Hebner (1979)

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Richard Joseph Hebner was born November 26, 1947 in Boston Massachusetts. Hebner will forever be remembered as being a grave digger in the off season, as stated on the back of his 1974 baseball card. He made $35 for each grave he dug, working at a cemetery run by his family. In high school he was one of the best young hockey players in Massachusetts history, but he was also a star baseball player. He chose the baseball career getting picked in the first round of the 1966 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted .336 at AA Raleigh in 1967 after 78 games there that season. In 1968 he batted .276 at AAA Columbus with 6 HRs & 51 RBIs.   He arrived in the big leagues at age 21 in 1969. This was at a time when the Pirates would dominate the NL East, with the exception of 1969 & 1973 when the Mets won the Eastern Divisional title. In Pittsburgh he made five post seasons appearances, winning a World Series in 1971. He was their regular third baseman until 1977 when he

Former Italian / American Pitcher: Dave Giusti (1962-1977)

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David John Giusti was born on November 27, 1939 in Seneca Falls, New York. Guisti attended Syracuse University, & was the Captain of their 1961 College World Series team. This was the same year Ernie Davis won the Heisman Trophy at Syracuse & rocker Lou Reed was also studying for the Orange. Giusti got signed that same year by the expansion Houston Colt 45’s & debuted the next season going 2-3 as a reliever. He bounced back & forth to the minors, going (34-27) making the Houston staff for good in 1965. By this time the team had changed their name to the Astros & Giusti won 15 games (10th in the league) going 15-14 with a 4.20 ERA. He would win 11 games in each of the next two seasons but posted losing records both years. He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinlas for the 1969 season going 3-7 with 12 starts in 22 games. He then was sent to the Pittsburg Pirates where he found a new home & new career. Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh ,converted him to a fu

Corey Oswalt: Mets Pitcher (2018-2020)

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Corey Edward Oswalt was born September 3rd 1993 in San Diego, California. The six foot, five, right hander, began his career as an infielder. By the time he committed to play at UC Santa Barbara he was a pitcher. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 7th round of the 2012 draft. He spent two seasons with the Kingsport Mets, making it to Brooklyn by 2014, going 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA for the Cyclones behind Marcos Molina as the teams top two pitchers. This team also included Michael Conforto & Amed Rosario. Oswalt continued to pile on the wins, going 11-5 with the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2015, then 4-2 with St. Lucie & the Gulf Coast Mets but had an ERA of 4.22.  In 2016 he was promoted to AA Binghamton, going 12-5 with a good 2.28 ERA in 24 starts. At the end of the season the Mets added him to their 40 man roster. He made his MLB debut on April 25th, finishing off a 9-1 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis. He was in AAA Las Vegas until the end of June when he was br

Short Time 2006 N.L. Eastern Champion Mets Outfielder: Xavier Nady (2006)

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Xavier Clifford Nady was born on November 14, 1978 in Salinas, California. The six foot two right handed hitter was the Northern California, High School Player of the Year in his senior year. He was offered a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals but did not sign. He attended the University of California at Berkley, setting a school slugging record there. He got chosen by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2000 draft.  He became just the 18th player in history to go directly to the major leagues in 2001, but after one game was sent to the minors anyway. There he hit .302 with 26 HRs & 100 RBIs at A Ball Lake Elsinore, getting named the California League MVP. He went to AAA Portland in 2002 & hit 23 HRs with 80 RBIs. He suffered an injury & needed Tommy John surgery. He returned to the big leagues in 2004 batting .267 but was sent back down again, then hit .330 with 22 HRs at the AAA level in Portland. In the outfield Nady is a fine defensive outfielder with