Travis Blankenhorn: Mets Utility Player (2021)
MLB Debut: He made his MLB debut the next season, playing one game with the Twins, getting his first big league hit in a September 15th game at Chicago.
Blankenhorn, started out 2021 with the Twins, playing in just one game, but was placed on waivers, three times.He went to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Seattle Mariners & finally the New York Mets.
Trivia: His name consists of eleven letters, filling up across the back of his uniform. The eleven letters tied with Noah Syndergaard for second most on the club, as pitcher Trevor Hildenberger's twelve letters were first. He only appeared in two games in 2021.
Mets Career: Blankenhorn made his Mets debut on June 2nd, as a pinch hitter, in a 7--6 win over the d-backs in Arizona. On June 5th, he collected his first Mets hit, a double in a 4-0 win at San Diego.
On June 8th, he went 0-1 in a game against the Orioles in Baltimore. This was the first time his parents saw him play an MLB game in person. He was optioned to AAA Syracuse on June 11th, but returned on June 25th, playing in five more games before getting sent back down. In 11 games, he was 1-11 with a .091 average.
On July 17th, he was brought back up when Francisco Lindor went down with an oblique injury. In a 7th inning pinch hit appearance in Pittsburgh, he doubled just under the right field HR line, driving in his first career run. The Mets lost the game when Edwin Diaz blew another save, with a walk off grand slam.
The next game the Mets overcame a six-run deficit & salvaged a win, to avoid getting swept by the last place Pirates.