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Bruce Boisclair: Late Seventies Mets Outfielder (1974-1979)

Bruce Armand Boisclair was born December 9, 1952, in Putnam, Connecticut. The tall slender six foot two, outfielder was drafted in the 20th round of the 1970 draft by the New York Mets.  In 1972 he hit .348 at A ball Visalia, by far the best average he ever hit for in his pro career. That season he also hit a minor league career high four HRs. He was known for his base stealing as he stole 20 bases at A ball Pompano Beach in 1971, followed by 16 more in 1972 with Visalia. In 1974 he played at AAA Tidewater, where he stole ten bases & batted .239 good enough to earn a September call up. Mets Career: Boisclair made his MLB debut as a pinch runner, on September 11th, 1974, in a classic extra inning game. He entered the game as a pinch runner, in the 23rd inning of the Mets/ Cardinals marathon. He actually reached third base with two outs, but Cleon Jones flied out to end the inning.  He went 3-12 that month and spent the next full season at AAA Tidewater where he hit .278 &

Del Unser: Mid Seventies Mets Outfielder (1975-1976)

Delbert Bernard Unser was born on December 9, 1944, in Decatur, Illinois. He was the son of former Detroit Tiger & Cincinnati Reds catcher Al Unser. Family- MLB Father: Al Unser hit .251 with 4 HRs 15 doubles & 30 RBIs in four MLB seasons, Playing in 120 career games. After his playing days he was minor league manager in the St. Louis Cardinal organization in the sixties & then became a scout in the early seventies.  Al Unser passed away at age 82 in 1995. Del Unser was a star ball player at Mississippi State and got drafted first round by the Washington Senators in 1966.  MLB Career: He came up in 1968 making the Topps All Star Rookie team and became the Senators regular centerfielder for the next four years until they left the nation’s Capital for Texas. His best season was in 1969 when he hit .286 and led the AL in triples with eight, hitting 7 HRs with 57 RBIs, 166 hits and 19 doubles. The next three years he hit in the .250 range and was traded to Cleveland in

Pete Alonso (Part Two) The 2022 NL RBI Champion Season

2022 Mets Wild Card Season:  Alonso's season got off to a dangerous start early on. Car Accident:  On March 13th,  During Spring Training, Alonso was involved in a car accident in Tampa, Florida. A driver ran a red light, struck Alonso's vehicle causing it to overturn three times.  Luckily, he nor anyone else was hurt in the accident. His wife was behind him watching the whole incident as it unfolded. He said it was a near death experience. On March 25th, he signed a $7.4-million-dollar deal avoiding arbitration. Hit By Pitch:  On Opening Night April 7th in Washington DC, Alonso was struck on the shoulder by a pitch from Mason Thompson.  The fastball ricocheted off his face guard & he fell to the ground. Everyone held their breath as things looked bad as he was bleeding from his lip & checking to see if he had lost any teeth.  He was removed from the game but was seen icing the lip in the dugout, as he was quoted as saying "All good". It was one of three hits

Pete Alonso (Part One: 2019- 2021) NL Rookie of the Year / N.L. HR Leader

Peter Morgan Alonso was born December 7th, 1994, in Tampa Florida.  His Queens roots go back to his grandfather on his father's side. He fled Barcelona Spain during the Spanish Civil War & settled in New York City, in Queens. Alonso's parents are Pete Sr. & Michelle Alonso.  He began playing baseball, football & lacrosse in high school, focusing solely on baseball by his junior year.  He then attended the University of Florida playing first base for the Florida Gators.  There he made freshman All Southeastern & played in two College World Series. He was selected by the New York Mets in the second round of the 2016 MLB draft. In 2016 he played with the A Ball Brooklyn Cyclones where he hit 5 HRs with 21 RBIs in just 30 games.  He would move on to A ball St. Lucie in 2017, hitting 16 HRs 52 RBIs in 82 games before getting promoted to AA Binghamton in August.  He started out 2018 in Binghamton but was quickly promoted to AAA Las Vegas, representing the M