Saturday, January 21, 2017

BILL GRAHAM METS BIRTHDAY FOR JANUARY 21ST

I bet you didn't know that Bill Graham once played for the Mets. It was a different Bill Graham, of course. This Mets Bill Graham was born on January 21, 1937.

He pitched for the Mets in the 1967 season and pitched quite well. Prior to the Mets acquisition of Graham, he pitched briefly for the Tigers, pitching only two innings (that's briefly alright).

In 1967 pitching for the Mets, he had a 2.63 ERA and had a 1-2 record with three saves in twenty seven innings. Not bad at all. If any Mets fans out there remember why he was released, I would appreciate if you could send me information.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

METS BIRTHDAY QUOTE OF THE DAY: JON MATLACK

Happy Birthday to one of the greatest of Mets starting pitchers, Jon Matlack. He was born on this day in 1950.

He was selected by the Mets as the 4th pick in the 1967 draft. He ended up playing with the Mets from 1971-'77. He was the 1972 Rookie of the Year, 3 x all-star and 1975 All-Star Game MVP.

He was known as one of the big three of the Mets pitching staff along with Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman. He was a terrific pitcher with the Mets and his 82-81 record with them was a reflection of weak offenses team as his 3.03 ERA can attest to.

Many of us will remember his incredible 1973 post season where he pitched so well against the Reds and ended up pitching three games in the World Series against the A's.

He left the Mets after the '77 season and played the rest of his career with the Rangers.

Jon Matlack is today's recipient of the Mets Baseball Quote of the Day,




"We tried like hell to get him. He can pitch and pitch well. He's still young with a good arm."
--Dick Williams, on trying to acquire Matlack

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

METS FANS QUOTE OF THE DAY DAVID WRIGHT

No Mets baseball quotes of the day today. So as a special Mets quote of the day, we go to the Captain, David Wright, talking about Mets fans.



"Mets fans have a certain energy, a fire that I haven't seen anywhere else."
--David Wright

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DON ZIMMER: METS BIRTHDAY QUOTE OF THE DAY FOR JANUARY 17TH

Happy Birthday to baseball lifer Don Zimmer, born on this day in 1931. Zip was a true character of the game, loved and revered by players and fans (though maybe not so much when he managed the Red Sox).

Over his career, he played for five teams including a brief stint with the Mets (we'll get to that in a second). He was a manager of four teams including winning Manager of the Year with the Cubs and was coach for 12 teams. He and Joe Torre seemed to be tied at the hip during his Yankee days.



His Number 66 was retired by the Rays in 2015.

For us Mets fans, he is remembered for his brief stint with the team which led to an all-time hilarious Casey Stengel quote.

So in the Mets inaugural season of 1962, Zimmer played with them for 14 games. He did not actually set the world on fire as he had four hits in 52 at bats with a solid .077 batting average. He was soon thereafter traded to the Reds leading to this classic Casey Stengel quote.



"We gotta trade him while he's hot."
--Casey Stengel, after Zimmer got two hits in a row after an 0 for 33 start.

Monday, January 16, 2017

METS BIRTHDAY QUOTE OF THE DAY: RON HERBEL

Ron Herbel was born on this day in 1938. Herbel was a good relief pitcher who was picked up by the Mets from the Padres for their 1970 pennant drive.

The Padres were going nowhere so they traded Herbel to the Mets in September of '70 in the middle of the pennant race. Though the Mets did not make it to postseason, it was clearly not the fault of Herbel. He had a good month for the Mets, compiling a 1.38 E.R.A., a 2 and 2 record and one save. In that same year he led the league in appearances with 76.

While Herbel was a good pitcher, he was a terrible hitting pitcher which led to this funny Mets Birthday Quote of the Day.



"I don't know, I've never been this far."
--Ron Herbel, asked why he slid so hard into third baseman Bob Aspromonte

Sunday, January 15, 2017

MIKE MARSHALL METS BIRTHDAY QUOTE OF THE DAY FOR JANUARY 15

The great relief pitcher Mike Marshall was born on this day in 1943. He is a former Cy Young Award winner with the Dodgers. He was an interesting baseball character who was a very smart, quirky guy. He has a degree in Kineselogy and use that knowledge to great effect as a player. He was mostly known for his screwball.

He did have great success over his long career including the aforementioned Cy Young Award, 3 x saves leader and 2 x all-star. He still holds the single season record for most appearances by a pitcher with 106 and most games pitched in a row with 13. He accomplished this in his Cy Young Award year when he won 15 games and saved 21.

He played for several teams with most of his success coming from the Expos and Dodgers.

He did, however, spend his final year with the Mets, compiling a 3 and 2 record with a 2.61 ERA. Very impressive.

Because of his long and successful career, Mike Marshall is today's recipient of the Baseball Birthday Quote of the Day



"What he can do with a baseball is just amazing. I don't see how anyone ever gets a hit off him.
--Camilo Pascual

Saturday, January 14, 2017

MIKE PELFREY METS BASEBALL BIRTHDAY QUOTE OF THE DAY

Happy Birthday to former Met Mike Pelfrey, born on this day in 1984.

Pelfrey played with the Mets from 2006--2012. His best year with the Mets was 2010 when he was 15--9.

After he left the Mets as a free agent, he signed with the Twins. In 2016, he signed with the Tigers.



"Our intent was to get a guy that can go out there and  give us 30 starts; give us some innings, a veteran guy that has good clubhouse makeup."
--Al Avila, on Tigers signing Pelfrey