Who is this former Mets player?

photoThis ex-Met infielder appeared in 39 major league games with the team and logged in 55 total plate appearances. He scored one run, had two hits, and knocked in two runs.

Despite his brief stay in the majors, he managed to appear in 17 games at third base, nine games at shortstop, and three games at second. He was plucked out of the Red Sox organization as a Rule 5 draft pick by the Mets in their 1962 season.

What makes him even more interesting is that he is the last player to bat in the Polo Grounds (hitting into a game-ending double play).

Who is this former Mets player?

P2190097This Met was renowned for his speed and except for the fact that he only logged in a handful of ABs in his career, he might have been included in the company of Jose Reyes and Mookie Wilson.  In fact, this outfielder logged only 13 major-league ABs in 18 games over a two-year (two years non-consecutive) career.  His success rate for SBs was not that great; he swiped four bases but was caught stealing three times.  Despite his reputation as a speedster, he might be best remembered for an extra-inning HR he hit against the Montreal Expos. His minor league SB statistics were astronomical though.  He was originally drafted by St. Louis and then acquired by the Mets.  He also spent time in the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles organizations before ending his career in 2006.

Who had success versus Dwight Gooden?

Today we have three trivia questions based around the electric Dwight Gooden. Leave your answers in the comments section and then check back on Wednesday when I post the answers.

Question #1
Which player (minimum 25 PA) had the highest lifetime AVG versus Gooden?

Question #2
Which player hit the most lifetime HR versus Doc?

Question #3
Which player had the most PA versus Gooden?

These are all high-profile players.

Mets Trivia: Who had best ISO versus RHP?

Last year I was a reserve for the Mets used primarily as a PH against LHP although I did get 25 starts. When I was a starter, 23 of 25 times it was against a southpaw.

But if you look at my splits, I had an .886 OPS against RHP, including a team-high .373 ISO against righties. I had just a .156 BABIP against RHP, nearly 50 points lower than R.A. Dickey, who had the next-worst mark in the category among Mets players with at least 50 PA against righties.

Who am I?

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Mets Trivia: Fewer starters than Mets used in 2011

The 2011 Mets used just nine different starters and the five pitchers who had the most GS combined to make 149 of the team’s 162 starts. Here was the breakdown:

Pelfrey – 33
Dickey – 32
Capuano – 31
Gee – 27
Niese – 26
Batista – 4
Young – 4
Schwinden – 4
Carrasco – 1

When was the last time the Mets used fewer than nine starters over the course of the entire season? For bonus points, name the pitchers who made starts that year.

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Mets Trivia: Who was the 2011 team’s best fielder?

Are you familiar with the stat Defensive Runs Saved? You should be. Here’s a description, courtesy of Sports Illustrated writer Joe Posnanski:

“[T]he numbers determines (using film study and computer comparisons) how many more or fewer successful plays a defensive player will make than league average. For instance, if a shortstop makes a play that only 24% of shortstops make, he will get .76 of a point (1 full point minus .24). If a shortstop BLOWS a play that 82% of shortstops make, then you subtract .82 of a point. And at the end, you add it all up and get a plus/minus.”

This week’s trivia question is: Who led the 2011 Mets in Defensive Runs Saved with a +8 total?

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Mets Trivia: 2000 NLCS

With the recent retirement of Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, now seems to be a good time to remember a time that the Mets got the better of the future Hall of Fame manager – the 2000 NLCS. Which Mets player led the team with a .444 AVG in that series? Was it:

A: Benny Agbayani
B: Edgardo Alfonzo
C: Timo Perez
D: Mike Piazza
E: Todd Zeile

Leave your answer in the comments section and check back on Wednesday for the official answer.

Mets Trivia: 500 times four

Seeing Nolan Ryan on television all of the time these days and he’s immediately thought of as part of the Rangers. But Ryan spent five or more years with four different clubs, pitching 100 games or more with each of them.

In the history of MLB, only 211 players have played 2,000 or more games in their career. It’s a major accomplishment and the list is chock full of Hall of Famers and fan favorites.

One former Met who is on this list holds the distinction of being the only player to play 500 games for four different teams. Was it:

A – Roberto Alomar
B – Gary Carter
C – Rickey Henderson
D – Gary Sheffield
E – Rusty Staub

Mets Trivia: International edition

One of the wonderful things about baseball is how many people from all over the world play the game. MLB rosters have players from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela, Columbia, Australia, Korea and others.

Today’s trivia question is: Can you name the 11 players on the Mets’ all-time roster who were born in Japan? Leave your guesses in the comments section and I’ll give the answers next week.