Showing posts from February, 2024

Michael Conforto: Former Mets 2015 NL Champion Out Fielder (2015 - 2021)

Michael Thomas Conforto was born on March 1st, 1993, in Woodinville, Washington. Michael comes from a family full of athletes.  His father was a football, linebacker at Penn. State University & his sister, Jacqueline was a college soccer player. His mother, Tracy Ruiz Conforto was a two-time, Olympic Gold Medalist (1984 / 1988) in synchronized swimming. In 2004 he played in the Little League World Series for the Northwest Region. In high school the honor roll student played short stop on the baseball team & was a standout safety in football. He was recruited by several Ivy League schools for football & was also sought after for baseball. He chose to stick with baseball & play at Oregon State.  College Baseball: In his first year he was voted Freshman Hitter of the Year batting .349 with 13 HRs & setting a school record with 76 RBIs.  In his sophomore year, he was named All American, leading his Oregon Beavers to the College World Series, where he went 7-14, gett

Norm Sherry: Former Mets Catcher (1963) Who Helped Sandy Koufax & Became a Successful Pitching Coach

Norm Sherry was born on July 16th, 1931, in New York City. The Sherry family soon moved out West to Los Angeles California where the Sherry brothers played baseball & went to high school. In 1950 the five foot eleven right-handed hitting catcher, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a free agent. His bother Norm would eventually get signed by the Dodgers as well. Military Service: Norm went off to serve two years in the Military during the Korean War Conflict with the US Army, returning to baseball in 1954. He spent most of the decade of the fifties in the minor leagues, hitting 44 HRs with 200 RBIs batting .245.  MLB Career:   In 1959 Norm played in two games at the big-league level for the World Champion Dodgers.  In the second game of the season, Sherry was hit by a pitch in his first at bat. In his next at bat he hit a two-run single for his first career hit. He was sent back down & returned in the Dodgers 150th game of the season where he appeared as a defensive repl

DJ Stewart: Mets Outfielder (2023 - 2024)

Demetrius Jerome Stewart was born November 30th, 1993, in Gainsville, Florida. His father Reggie was drafted by the San Diego Padres & played minor league ball nwever getting to the majors. He attended high school in Jacksonville where he played both baseball & football. Originally, he was drafted by the AL New York team but did not sign. Instead, he chose to attend Florida State University playing baseball for the Seminoles. Florida State: In his first year  with the Seminoles,   he hit .364 & followed in his sophomore year getting voted Atlantic Coast Player of the Year & All-American. After three seasons he was the Baltimore Orioles first round draft pick in 2016. In 2019 he was named to the Seminoles baseball All- Decade team. MLB Carrer: In 2018 he was brought up as a September call up playing for manager Buck  Showalter, debuting in a 10-0 loss at Oakland.  On September 13th, he hit his first career HR, a solo shot off the Blue Jays Marco Estrada in a 2-1 win