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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Mets Announce Old Timers’ Day Roster

The New York Mets today announced that 65 former players and managers will be in attendance for Old Timers’ Day Presented by Citi on August 27 prior to the 7:10 p.m. game vs. Colorado.

Eleven members of the Mets Hall of Fame (Ed Kranepool, Cleon Jones, Mookie Wilson, Keith Hernandez, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, John Franco, Mike Piazza, Jon Matlack, Ron Darling and Edgardo Alfonzo) and three members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (Piazza, Pedro Martínez and Joe Torre) will all be at Citi Field on August 27.

The introductions for the Old Timers’ Day Game Presented by Citi will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by the game. Fans will be able to watch select Mets Alumni as they walk into the ballpark with a red-carpet entrance starting at approximately 2 p.m. at the Seaver VIP Gate. Single game tickets are available on Mets.com/tickets and gates will open at 3:30 p.m.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2022 at 04:01 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 12, 2022 at 01:19 PM (#6091396)
Wow, I don't think they have had this in a while. I hope Sid Fernandez has not let himself go.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 12, 2022 at 01:29 PM (#6091397)
I hope they’re not planning to let Trachsel pitch. Some of those guys don’t have that much time left.
   3. foop Posted: August 12, 2022 at 05:10 PM (#6091400)
No Bobby Bonilla?
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 12, 2022 at 05:19 PM (#6091401)
No Lenny Dykstra?
   5. Itchy Row Posted: August 12, 2022 at 06:50 PM (#6091403)
Too bad Nolan Ryan won’t face Robin Ventura
   6. Banta Posted: August 12, 2022 at 07:22 PM (#6091407)
Rico Brogna!

This is quite the list, really. Reminds me Daniel Murphy became toast as quickly as he mysteriously became awesome.

Oooh, Glendon Rusch too! He’s legendary in certain circles.
   7. The Duke Posted: August 13, 2022 at 11:06 AM (#6091453)
I'm a cardinal fan and I d love to see this. I'm a huge fan of old-timers games. And they got some original Mets to todder out and take a bow. Very cool

Those guys all must be in mid to late 80s
   8. Banta Posted: August 13, 2022 at 12:51 PM (#6091464)
All the pitchers are in their 80s (Steve Dillon is 79, but he’s not really an original Met and barely an MLBer, wonder how he got on the list). Original Frank Thomas is 93! And Ed Kranepool is a spry 77, though I would imagine he’ll live forever.
   9. KronicFatigue Posted: August 13, 2022 at 01:18 PM (#6091467)
I never would have guessed that Doc Gooden and John Franco overlapped in their Mets' career. It feels like two different generations.
   10. Banta Posted: August 13, 2022 at 01:33 PM (#6091470)
I keep noticing things about this list I didn’t realize before. Like Steve Trachsel being a Met for six seasons. I would have guessed four.

His pretty bad but win lucky ‘06 sort of obscured that he was one of their best pitchers prior to that (sort of a low bar though). And of course, his style obscured everything good about his career in general. Still remember him more as a Cub than a Met, though I guess that’s reasonable (190 GS as a Cub to 160 as a Met).
   11. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: August 13, 2022 at 01:40 PM (#6091471)
Good to see Terry Leach is on the team. His autobiography is very good:

Terry Leach: Things Happen for a Reason
   12. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: August 13, 2022 at 02:06 PM (#6091475)
So this is the first Mets OTD since 1994. It makes one wonder if the Wilpons had no desire to pay for any bus tickets and hotel accommodations.
   13. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: August 13, 2022 at 07:07 PM (#6091498)
No Dave Kingman. Wonder if he was tendered an invite.
   14. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 14, 2022 at 03:45 AM (#6091546)
Steve Dillon is 79, but he’s not really an original Met and barely an MLBer, wonder how he got on the list.


Well, he only pitched 4-2/3 somewhat less-than-brilliant innings in his MLB career, but they were for the 1963/64 Mets, so he actually did pitch for the team in its early days, albeit not the first season. Dillon was born in Yonkers, worked as a NYC cop for over 20 years after his retirement, and lives on Long Island. He's about as much a lifetime New Yorker as there is, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's been in touch with the team for all these years. If so, it would be a bit of an insult not to invite him.
   15. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: August 14, 2022 at 03:57 AM (#6091547)
Oooh, Glendon Rusch too! He’s legendary in certain circles.


What an odd way to phrase that.

What circles?
   16. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: August 14, 2022 at 04:09 AM (#6091548)
"bus tickets" is cute, JE.
   17. tonywagner Posted: August 14, 2022 at 07:00 AM (#6091550)
I keep noticing things about this list I didn’t realize before. Like Steve Trachsel being a Met for six seasons. I would have guessed four

Maybe Trachsel only pitched for 4 seasons, but took 6 calendar years to do it.
   18. Banta Posted: August 14, 2022 at 01:03 PM (#6091563)
What circles?


FIP circles? I still see him referenced in articles from time to time referencing pitchers who are underperforming their component metrics.

I remember being pretty all in on him taking a step forward, touting his underrated-ness to my Yankees friend during the 2000 postseason. Unfortunately it was all downhill from there.

I wouldn't be surprised if he's been in touch with the team for all these years


Yeah, I figured that he’s probably the one making the phone calls to the team. Not to discount his achievements, obviously making the majors at all is mighty impressive, but he sort of stands out on a list like this. I mean, some of the other 60s guys were not very impressive but they have a bit more longevity and/or the distinction of being on the inaugural team. Being a ‘63/‘64 guy with almost no major league career sort of seems like “close, but no cigar.” I guess he did play in Shea’s first season which is, uh, something.
   19. Howie Menckel Posted: August 14, 2022 at 03:23 PM (#6091592)
So this is the first Mets OTD since 1994. It makes one wonder if the Wilpons had no desire to pay for any bus tickets and hotel accommodations.

when owner Steve Cohen went on Twitter after buying the team, he asked Mets fans what they wanted.

he said he was amazed at how many begged for another OTD, so here we are.

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