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Tomas Nido: Long Time Mets Catcher (2017 - 2023)

Tomas E. Nido Vicens was born April 12th, 1994, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The young Tomas was born into a very athletic family.  Parents: His mother Liana Vicens competed in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, as a swimmer  at the age of eleven.  His father Tomas Sr. won a tennis medal in the 1982 Central American & Caribbean Games. Tomas' grandfather was a Puerto Rican National basketball Player. Another relative included a great Uncle, Juan Vincens, was once dubbed "The Best Player in the World" in the 1959 FIBA Championships. Quotes- Tomas Nido: "We are a very athletic family. It sticks out about my mom, she was very young, so the work ethic from a young age is something to be really proud of & has definitely helped  me".  Tomas grew up in Se mi nole County Florida & was to play baseball for the Florida State Seminoles.  I nstead, the New York Mets selected him as an 8th round pick in 2012 & he we went to A ball with the Kingsport

Paul Loduca: 2006 NL Eastern Champion Mets Catcher (2006-2007)

Paul Anthony Loduca was born on April 12, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. The Loduca family left Brooklyn when Paul was a young child and moved west to Glendale Arizona. He played baseball for two years at Community College eventually transferring to the great baseball school of Arizona State University. He played one season there, getting named the Sporting News Player of the Year getting named as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He batted .426 & set a school record hitting in 37 straight games. Loduca was drafted in 1993 in the 25th round, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He spent five years in the minor leagues, highlighted by batting .327 at AA San Antonio in 1997 throwing out 46% of base runners at catcher. The next year he hit .319 at AAA Albuquerque before getting called up to the Dodgers at the end of the season. MLB Career: He only played in six games that year, batting .286 (4-14).  He began the next two seasons in the minors but hit over .350 each season getting call

Bret Saberhagen: Two Time Cy Young Award Winner & 1990's Mets Pitcher (1992-1995)

Bret William Saberhagen was born on April 11, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. His family moved to Reseda, California where he grew up playing baseball & basketball. The tall six-foot one right hander was drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the 1982 draft. He was brought up quickly & made his debut in 1984.  MLB Career: He went 10-11 with a 3.48 ERA in his rookie year, showing great promise for the future on a good Royals team. In the 1985 season, the Royals won the World Series & Bret Saberhagen was outstanding. He won the A.L. Cy Young Award going 20-6 (second most wins in the AL) with a 2.87 ERA (third in the league) pitching ten complete games (8th in the AL) with one shut out, 158 strikeouts (9th in the AL) & just 38 walks. He had the best walks per nine innings & strike out to walk ratios in the league. 1985 Post Season- ALCS: In the ALCS, he earned two no decisions against the Toronto Blue Jays posting an ERA of 6.1