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Mike Bordick: 2000 NL Champion Mets Short Time Short Stop (2000)

Michael Todd Bordick was born July 21, 1965, in Marquette Michigan. His father was in the Air Force & the Bordick family moved around during Mike’s youth. They went from Michigan to upstate New York, finally settling in Maine. Bordick attended the University of Maine, playing for the school’s team, the Black Bears. He signed with the Oakland A’s in 1986 spending four seasons in the minor leagues. Oakland A's Career: He came up with the 1990 A.L. Champion Athletics, eventually taking over the shortstop position from Walt Weis the next year. Weis had been their main short stop starting 1988 taking over for Alfredo Griffin. Weis won three straight pennants & a World Series with the A's. Bordick would spend the next seven years in Oakland, mostly as their main shortstop through the 1996 season.  1990 Post Season: In the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays he only hit .053 going 1-19 in six games.  In 1992 he batted .300  with 151 hits 19 doubles 48 RBIs & 62 runs

Ty Kelly: Former Mets Infielder & Sweet Potato Food Truck Vendor (2016)

Tyler Patrick Kelly was born July 20th, 1988, in Dallas, Texas. His father, Pat Kelly was a basketball & baseball coach. The six foot third baseman Tyler, attended high school in California. He attended college at the Loyola Marymount, University of California at Davis. There in his sophomore year he led the Big West Conference with a .387 batting average, helping the Aggies reach the Division 1 Tournament. In 2009, Kelly was signed by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the draft.  Kelly's minor league career started off well, making All Star teams the NY / Penn. League (2009), in the South Atlantic League  (2011) &  in the AA California League (2012 & 2013). In 2012 Kelly hit .327 going from A ball up to AAA ball. In 213 he followed batting .298, then was traded from the Baltimore organization to the Seattle Mariners organization. In 2015 he was sent to the St. Louis Cards organization, but he struggled batting .203 then was designated for assignment. 

Jesse Hudson: 1969 Amazing Mets Pitcher That Made Just One Appearance (1969)

Jesse James Hudson was born July 22, 1948, in Mansfield Louisiana. He attended DeSoto high school where he played football & baseball There, he was a teammate of future Oakland A's star Vida Blue. The tall left hander was drafted by the New York Mets in the 11th round of the 1967 draft. In 1967 at the Rookie league level, he was an impressive 7-1 with a 2.07 ERA. In 1968 he was promoted to A ball going 11-13 between Mankato & the Visalia Mets that season. In 1969 he was 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA at A ball Pompano Beach, moving up to AA Memphis where he was 3-2 with a 1.38 ERA. Back then it was tough to crack the Mets 1969 pitching staff, but the tall lefty managed to get into one game which was the only MLB appearance of his career. Mets Debut: Hudson with Pitching Coach Rube Walker On September 19th, 1969, Hudson made his MLB debut in the second game of a double header with the Pirates, wearing uniform #38. He came on in the 8th inning with the Mets down 7-0. He face

Remembering Mets History (2022) Pete Alonso Goes into the All-Star Break with Most RBI's In First Half in Franchise History

Mets All Star Slugger first baseman, Pete Alonso,  was having one of the best seasons in franchise history. Leading the majors in RBI's & going into the All-Star  break with more RBI's than nay Mets player in the franchises sixty-year  history.  With the Mets in first place & Alonso possibly on his way to an MVP record setting season, all was good in the first half of 2022. Spring Training: Early on in March of 2022, Alonso was involved in a car accident in Tampa, Florida. He said it was a "really close experience to death". Pete was driving to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie with his wife following behind him. Luckily, he & his wife Hayley were ok.  Next, toward the end of Spring Training he signed a $7.4 million contact with the Mets avoiding arbitration.  Pete Alonso started the season at the plate, with a pair of hits in the Mets 5-1 Opening Day win in Washington D.C. In that game he was hit in the shoulder & face with a pitch having to exit the

Remembering Mets History (2008) Jose Reyes Sets Mets All Time Triples Mark

Sunday July 20th, 2008: Jerry Manuel's first place Mets (53-46) were on the road in Cincinnati at Great American Ballpark to play Dusty Baker's fourth place Reds (48-52). The starters were the Mets Mike Pelfrey (8-6) & the Reds Edinson Volquez (12-3).  A good crowd of 31,195 came out for the matinee in Cincinnati. The Mets were trying to salvage a game in the series & avoid being swept. In the 1st inning Jose Reyes led off the game with a base hit. He advanced to second on a wild pitch & then scored a typical Reyes run on a Carlos Beltran base hit.  In the 2nd inning, with one out & one on Jose Reyes singled to left field for his second hit of the day. He was stranded at first base. The Reds, Adam Dunn hit a solo HR in the 2nd inning, but Ramon Castro answered with a two-run shot in the 3rd putting New York up 3-1. In the top of the 4th inning, Jose Reyes got his third hit of the night, it was a milestone hit as he tripled to right field setti

Joe Torre: The Mets Years & Playing Career (1975 - 1982)

Joseph Paul Torre was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 18, 1940. He attended St. Francis Prep. School located in Brooklyn at the time, later moving to Queens. The six foot two right hand hitting Torre was signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1960. He hit .344 & won the batting championship in his only year in the minor leagues making it to the big leagues for good by 1961.  Braves Career: He would spend nine years with the Braves, as a teammate of Hank Aaron & Eddie Mathews & Warren Spahn. He moved with the franchise from Milwaukee to Atlanta, playing in Fulton County Stadium in 1966. He hit over .290 four times, batting over .300 twice. In his first full season, he came in second in the Rookie of the Year Award batting .278 with 10 HRs & 42 RBIs. In 1964 he batted .321 with 109 RBIs (both 4th in the NL) & hit 20 HRs coming in fifth in the MVP voting for the 5th place Braves. In 1966, as the franchise began playing in Georgia; he hit a career high 36 HRs drivi