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Daniel Murphy: The Mets Years Part One (2008-2014)

Daniel Thomas Murphy was born April 1, 1985 in Jacksonville, Florida to Tom & Sharon Murphy. He has a sister & younger brother as well. The six foot two left hand hitting, right hand throwing Murphy attended Jacksonville University playing baseball for the Dolphins team. He was a good hitter who insisted he batted third on the order but was not known to be a good fielder. In college he won an A-Sun Player of the Year award when he batted .398. Murphy drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2006 amateur draft. Minor League Ball: That season he played in the Rookie League at Kingsport & the Gulf Coast before getting to the A ball Brooklyn Cyclones for eight games at the end of the year. There he was 7-29 (.241) with one double & three RBIs. In 2007 he played at A Ball St. Lucie developing into a good hitter batting .285 with 11 HRs 78 RBIs in 135 games as the teams main third baseman. In 2008 he started the year back with the Brooklyn Cyclones for th

Remembering Mets History (2003) Mike Pizza Goes After Guillermo Mota After Getting Hit By Pitch

 Spring Training 2003: The history of this battle, began the previous Spring Training in 2002. During a March 28th game in Dodger Town, at Vero Beach, Florida, Mota hit Piazza in the hip with a pitch.  An inning later, as he was leaving the game, Piazza ran up to Mota & grabbed him by the collar. Players broke it up & order was restored. Piazza was fined for his actions. On Wednesday night, March 12th 2003, the Mets & Dodgers faced off in an exhibition game in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  This time with the Mets down 10-1 in the 5th inning, Piazza stepped in against Mota. The first pitch Mota threw, came inside at the waist. Piazza was visibly angry, he grimaced, held back his temper & stepped back in to the batters box. On the very next pitch, Mota hit Piazza on the shoulder. Piazza wasted no time & charged the mound.  Mota threw his glove at Piazza & ran. Both benches cleared, four Dodger players held Piazza back from tearing the pitcher apart. The Mets Jeromy

Paul Wilson: Former Mets "Generation K" Pitcher (1996)

Paul Anthony Wilson was born on March 28, 1973, in Orlando, Florida. He was a star pitcher for the Florida State Seminoles and was the New York Mets number one draft pick, the first pick overall in 1994. He was highly touted with his fastball/slider combo. In 1994 he was 0-7 in the Rookie League & at A ball with the St. Lucie Mets. In 1995 he was promoted to AA going 6-3 at Binghamton & then 5-3 at AAA Norfolk. On the year he combined for 2.41 ERA & 198 strikeouts. Generation K: He along with Jason Isringhausen & Bill Pulsipher were billed as Generation K and the future stars of the Met staff.  Mets Debut:  On April 3rd, 1996, Wilson made his highly publicized debut pitching in a game against the Cardinals at Shea Stadium. He pitched well allowing three runs in six innings with six strikeouts getting no decision in the 10-9 win. His next two starts didn’t go that well, he allowed a combined 12 runs in six pitched giving up two HRs. On April 22nd, he got his f

Tom Hausman: Mets First Signing In the 70's Free Agent Era (1978-1982)

Thomas Matthew Hausman was born on March 31, 1953, in Mobridge, South Dakota. The six-foot four right hander was an All-State basketball player as well as a top pitcher in Laverne, California. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the tenth round of the 1971 amateur draft.  Hausman would win 13 games at A ball, with the Newark Co-Pilots in the New York / Penn league in 1971. In 1972 & 1973 he won 12 games each season, posting winning records both times, getting called up to the 1975 fifth place Milwaukee Brewers staff.    MLB Career: He debuted pitching in New York, allowing two runs in 10-1 loss to the A.L. New York club. He suffered from back issues throughout the season. On the year he was 3-6 with a 4.10 ERA in 29 games pitched.  With the exception of three appearances with the Brewers, he spent most of 1976 & all of 1977 with AAA Spokane, in the Pacific Coast League. There he was 13-6 leading the league with 30 starts.  First Mets Free Agent:   In the winter

2015 NL Champion Mets Player Michael Cuddyer (2015)

Michael Brent Cuddyer was born on March 27th, 1979, in Norfolk, Virginia. His parents are Henry & Marcia, he has one sister named Katie. He attended Great Bridge high school at Chesapeake, Virginia where he was an all-around star athlete. Cuddyer excelled in football, basketball & baseball, where he eventually won the 1997 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in his senior year. In 1996 he was part of the Bronze medal winning Team USA club. The six foot two, right hand hitting Cuddyer plays outfield, first base, third & second base. David Wright's Pal:  Cuddyer is a childhood friend to former Mets Captain, David Wright. The two have remained close friends their entire lives.  Also in 1997, he was the Minnesota Twins number one pick (the 9th pick overall) but did not sign until that August.  Twins Career: By 2001 he was hitting 30 HRs at AA New Britain & got a late call up to the Twins big league team. Cuddyer debuted on September 23rd in a 4-2 loss to the Clevelan