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Michael Conforto: Mets Out Fielder (2015-2021)

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Michael Conforto was born on March 1st, 1993 in Woodinville, Washington.  He comes from a family full of athletes. His mother, Tracy Ruiz Conforto was a two time, Olympic Gold Medalist (1984 / 1988) in synchronized swimming.  His father was a football, line backer at Penn. State University & his sister, Jacquekine was a college soccer player. In 2004 he played in the Little League World Series for the North West Region.  In high school the honor roll student played short stop on the baseball team & was a stand out safety in football. He was recruited by several Ivy League schools for football  & was also sought after for baseball. He chose to stick with baseball & play at Oregon State.  In his first year he was voted Freshman Hitter of the Year batting .349 with 13 HRs & setting a school record with 76 RBIs.  In his sophomore year, he was named All American, leading his Oregon Beavers to the College World Series, where he went 7-14, getting named to the A

Remembering Former Bronx Born Italian / American Player: Frank Malzone (1955-1966)

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Frank James Malzone was born on February 28, 1930 in the Bronx, New York.  In the 1940's, Malzone attended Samuel Gompers High School on Southern Blvd. just off 149th St. Malzone planned to be an electrician if his baseball career didn't work out. In 1947, the five foot ten, third baseman was spotted by the Boston Red Sox. He was signed, for $150 a month salary by the Sox.  In 1949, Frank married his wife Amy, while playing in the minor leagues at Oneonta, NY. They remained married for 57 years, until her death in 2006. Before getting to the major leagues in the early 1950's, Malzone served two years of Military service, during the Korean War. He was already 25 years old when he debuted with the Red Sox, for a brief call up in 1955. Two years later, he became the Red Sox regular third baseman, and had a fantastic rookie season.  Rookie Season: He batted .292 (10th in the AL) while driving in a career high 103 runs (3rd in the AL). Malzone hit 15 HRs with 31 double

Gary DiSarcina: Italian / American Mets Third Base Coach (2018-2021)

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Gary Thomas DiSarcina was born November 19th 1967 in Malden, Massachusetts. The six foot one short stop attended the University of Massachusetts getting drafted in the 6th round of the 1988 draft by the California Angels.  He left UMass as the school leader in career hits, at bats & total bases getting into their Hall of Fame. MLB Debut: Disarcina would debut the next season, on September 23rd, he entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 8th inning of a 6-2 loss to Cleveland.  He played in just two brief games. He had short stints on the 1990-1991 Angels teams before becoming the teams main short stop in 1992.  DiSarcina would play 12 years with the California / Anaheim Angels, playing in over 150 games in four different seasons. He hoit twenty or more doubles in five different seasons.  On July 28th, 1994 he made the final out of Texas Rangers pitcher, Kenny Rogers no hitter.  All Star Selection: In 1995 he batted a career best .307 & .344 on base %. He hit six t

Mets Bench Coach: Dave Jauss (2010)

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David Patrick Jauss was born on January 16, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois.  Family: His father was a longtime sports writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bill Jauss. He also served as panelist on the TV program, "The Sportswriters on TV". Dave Jauss was the captain of his baseball & basketball team at Amherst College as a teammate of future Red Sox GM Dan Duquette. He never played ball in the majors or minor leagues after college, instead earning degrees in psychology & Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts. He then became a college baseball coach throughout the 1980’s until 1988 when his former teammate Duquette became Director of Player Development with the Montreal Expos.  Jauss landed a job as manager in the Expo minor leagues, working for Jerry Manuel who was working as the Minor League field coordinator. He managed in the Rookie League, A & AA levels winning the 1994 Eastern League Manager of the Year. He got to the big leagues in 1997 as first b