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Remembering Mets History: (1965) Ron Swoboda Starts His Career As a Slugger

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At the start of the 1965 season, the Mets brought up a young 20 year old Ron Swoboda, soon to be their everyday centerfielder. The Mets sold Swoboda as a home grown slugger of their very own. On April 14th, 1965 Ron Swoboda got his second career at bat coming in his second career game. He came to bat in the top of the 11th inning at Houston Astrodome, with the Mets trailing 7-3 after a tough top of the 10th where Larry Bearnarth & Galen Cisco gave up four runs. Swoboda hit his first career HR a solo shot off Turk Farrell. The Mets came back but still took a 7-6 loss. Four days later on April 18th, Swoboda got his first start while playing in center field. It came in a huge 7-1 Mets win over the San Francisco Giants, in the second game of a double header in front of 44,179 fans at Shea Stadium. The Mets beat Gaylord Perry that day, with Swoboda hitting a solo HR in the bottom of the 2nd inning. On April 23rd, the Mets were in San Francisco going into the 9th inning behind 8-

Aaron Loup: Mets Relief Pitcher (2021)

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 Aaron Christopher Loup was born December 19th 1987 in Raceland, Louisiana. The five foot eleven, left hander, grew up a fan of the Atlanta Braves in their hey days of the 1990's. He was influenced in baseball by both his father & grandfather. Loup attended Tulane University, playing for the Green Wave baseball team, getting drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 9th round of the 2009 MLB draft. In the minors he was taught to throw side armed, by pitching coach & former Oakland A's pitcher, Darold Knowles. The side arm delivery helped him become a better pitcher. After three years in the minors, he was called up to a Blue Jays staff that used 32 different pitchers in the 2012 season. In 33 games he was 0-2 but posted a 2.64 ERA & was voted the Jays Rookie of the Year.  He would be a main stay in the Blue Jays bullpen for parts of seven seasons, as a situational one inning guy, which is the way manager John Gibbons described him. He was less effective in 2015 & in

Remembering Mets History: (2015) Jacob deGrom's Four Hitter Ends Mets Seven Game Skid

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Thursday June 25th 2015: Terry Collins Mets were at one of their lowest points of the season, riding a seven game losing streak, that started in Toronto, dragged through Atlanta & was now in Milwaukee. The Mets were at .500  (37-37) in second place 3.5 games out of first. 33,354 fans attended the Miller Park matinee in Milwaukee as Craig Counsell's Brew Crew (27-47) hosted the Mets. The Mets sent the reigning Rookie of the Year, Jacob deGrom to the mound to stop the bleeding. Jacob DeGrom was outstanding, shutting out the Brewers for eight innings, scattering just four hits. deGrom didn't walk anyone & struck out eight Brewers along the way. In the 4th inning, Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected, while arguing an out call as Darrell Ceciliani was attempting a steal of second base. With two outs in the Mets 6th, Michael Cuddyer singled. Wilmer Flores then doubled down the left field line, brining in Cuddyer with the first run. In the 7th, Jacob de

Mets Relief Pitcher: Miguel Castro (2020 - 2021)

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Miguel Castro was born December 24th, Christmas Eve 1994 in the Dominican Republic.  His father was a boxer. The tall six foot seven right hander, signed as an international free agent in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays.  With his signing money he paid for his fathers prostate operation & a have a tumor removed on his mother. In 2015 he was invited as a long shot to make the team to Jays Spring Training. He did so well he made the staff, he became the youngest Jay to ever make the staff at 20. A week later he closed out a win against the A.L. New York team.  After falling to 0-3 with an ERA over six, he was sent down & then traded to the Colorado Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal. After one season there (19) games he was designated for assignment & then traded to the Baltimore Orioles for 2017. Castro spent parts of four season in Baltimore, going 3-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 2017. He even got a start that year & the next. In 2018 he fell to 2-7 with a 3.96 ERA, while le

Dave Mlicki: Mid Nineties Mets Pitcher (1995-1998)

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David John Mlicki was born on June 8, 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio. The 6’ 4’ right hander graduated from Oklahoma State University and got drafted by his hometown Cleveland Indians in 1990. After going 11-9 in 1992 at AA Canton -Akron, he was brought up to the Indians staff making his debut on September 12th at Comiskey Park in Chicago. In four appearances he went 0-2 with a 4.98 ERA. In 1993 he pitched just six games (2-1) in the minors & just three games with no record in Cleveland. The next season he was 6-10 at AAA Charlotte & then In November 1994 he was traded with Paul Byrd and Jerry Dipoto to the New York Mets for Jeromy Burnitz and Joe Roa. Mlicki debuted as a Met on April 29th 1995 earning a victory, pitching in just one inning of relief against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets won it in the bottom of the 11th inning on a Joe Orsulak base hit. After two games as a reliever he quickly got into the starting rotation, and earned his second win at Houston, pi

Trevor May: Mets Relief Pitcher (2021)

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 Trevor Joseph May was born September 23rd 1989, in Longview Washington. The six foot five, right hander graduated from Washington State & was the valedictorian. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB draft, In 2012 he was ranked the Phils top prospect, they used that to trade him to the Minnesota Twins for Ben Revere. He six years with the Twins, debuting in 2014, where he posted a 7.88 ERA going 3-6. In 2015 he lowered his ERA to 4.00 and improved to an 8-9 record in 48 appearances. In 2016 his season was cut short with a stress fracture in his back. The news got worse when he had to undergo Tommy John surgery in March of 2017, missing the entire season. He returned to the Twins staff by July 31st, 2018. After recording three holds, he earned a win against the Detroit Tigers on August 16th. That month he earned victories against the White Sox & Rangers, to get to 3-0 with a 1.88 by September 1st.  He closed out the year, earning thre

Bud Harrelson: All Time Mets Shortstop: Part Three (1974 - Present)

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After the pennant of '73, the 1974 season, was a disappointing one for the Mets, as they would finish fifth, going 71-91. Harrelson had a great start to the season, gathering up three hits on Opening Day in a 5-4 loss at Philadelphia. When the Mets raised the pennant flag on April 10th, Harrelson had one hit in the 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit safely in 13 of his first 19 games & was batting .300 at the end of the month. He also drew walks in 26 of his first 48 games as well, putting up good a .400 on base percentage. In mid June he missed some time on the DL & then in September hi season was over by mid month. He drove in just one run from June through the end of the season.  On the year he dropped to a .227 average with nine stolen bases, ten doubles & for the first time in his career, no triples. He played in just 106 games, due to the injuries, but was solid defensively as usual, posting a .968 fielding % (fifth in the league) turning 65 do