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Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Mets Old Timers’ Day Game returns on Aug. 27

For the first time since 1994, the Mets will have an Old Timers’ Day at Citi Field on Aug. 27. It comes right before they face the Rockies. The Old Timers’ Day player introductions will begin at 5 p.m. ET. Single-game tickets are available on Mets.com/tickets. Gates will open at 4:10 p.m.

“Bringing back Old Timers’ Day was one of the most passionate requests I heard from our fans,” said Mets chairman, CEO and owner Steve Cohen. “As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary season, having these legendary players return to the ballpark to hear cheers from Mets fans once again is the perfect way to honor our past.”

Frank Thomas, Ron Swoboda, Jon Matlack, Felix Millán, Mookie Wilson, Howard Johnson, Bobby Ojeda, Robin Ventura, Turk Wendell, Endy Chávez, Cliff Floyd and Daniel Murphy are among more than 40 players scheduled to attend. The Mets will be announcing additional former players who will be participating in the game in the coming months.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2022 at 05:47 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: February 08, 2022 at 06:21 PM (#6064339)
Excellent!!! Who doesn’t love an old-timers game?
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: February 08, 2022 at 06:39 PM (#6064340)
A WFAN host said he just talked to John Franco, who told him that they will introduce 60 players to represent 60 Mets seasons. Frank Thomas The First played for the Mets in 1962, smacking 34 of his 286 career homers.

(where do the 807 combined HR for the Frank Thomases rate among most HR by players with the same name?)

for 1963, Cleon Jones had his first cup of coffee and Ed Kranepool - briefly a 1962 Met - had 294 PA in '63.

I want Joe Torre there also, so they can recreate this traumatic Mets childhood memory.

Millan singles, Torre erases him on a DP.
Millan singles, Torre erases him on a DP.
Millan singles, Torre erases him on a DP.
Millan singles, Torre erases him on a DP.

at least the game didn't go into extra innings !
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: February 08, 2022 at 06:46 PM (#6064341)
(where do the 807 combined HR for the Frank Thomases rate among most HR by players with the same name?)


Ahead of the Griffeys.

   4. Howie Menckel Posted: February 08, 2022 at 06:49 PM (#6064342)
wow, the Ken Griffeys 630 + 152 = 782
   5. John Northey Posted: February 08, 2022 at 07:59 PM (#6064350)
Doubt any name combo reaches Pete Rose for hits 4256 + 2 = 4258. I figure the SB for same name has to be Tim Raines (808 + 10 = 818), although the Griffey's gave it a shot (200 + 184 = 384) but didn't reach half way.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: February 08, 2022 at 08:08 PM (#6064352)
The Billy Hamiltons (1,228) blow the Raineses away.
   7. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 08, 2022 at 08:09 PM (#6064354)
Why did Old Timers Games go away? They were awesome.

In fact, there are several things from the 1970s and early 1980s that were awesome, but just sort of went away:

- Old Timers games
- Those bullpen cars that were often in the shape of the home team's baseball hats
- Road blues (though those are coming back, I guess...)
- Managers wearing the team uniforms
- San Diego Chicken and Youppi
- Awesome Monday Night Baseball intro music
- The Baseball Bunch (who would be the Johnny Bench of a series reboot?)
   8. Soul Man Posted: February 08, 2022 at 08:52 PM (#6064360)
The Ken Griffeys are way ahead on hits: 2781 (Jr) + 2143 (Sr.) = 4924
   9. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 08, 2022 at 09:28 PM (#6064370)
I suspect the Vladimirs Guerrero may challenge for the combined hits and HR records in the future.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2022 at 09:36 PM (#6064371)

In fact, there are several things from the 1970s and early 1980s that were awesome, but just sort of went away:


Morgana the Kissing Bandit!
   11. Walt Davis Posted: February 08, 2022 at 11:00 PM (#6064376)
Please tell me Bobby Bonilla has played in a Mets' OT game ...
   12. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 08, 2022 at 11:41 PM (#6064383)
Is Dykstra doing any time? No? Then he should be there...if only to pick Cohen's pockets.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 09, 2022 at 02:12 AM (#6064388)
Why did Old Timers Games go away? They were awesome.
True, but IIRC, at one time fairly recently the Yankees were the only team still holding an annual Old Timers Day. Presumably, it costs a bit for travel & lodging expenses but that shouldn’t be enough to matter. Maybe recent expansion teams would do better with other promotions, but teams with long records of some success should embrace their history.
   14. Buck Coats Posted: February 09, 2022 at 12:36 PM (#6064430)
Managers wearing the team uniforms


I don't understand, doesn't every Manager still do this?
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: February 09, 2022 at 12:43 PM (#6064432)
I don't understand, doesn't every Manager still do this?


Quite a few of them wear some kind of non-jersey top, but many of them still wear the full uniform.

It certainly hasn't disappeared the way the bullpen car or baby blues have (the latter of which I'd say, good riddance).

   16. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: February 09, 2022 at 12:59 PM (#6064440)
The Red Sox did one a few years ago for the first time (2019?). It was a TON of fun. I think the plan was to keep doing it but of course COVID.
   17. John Northey Posted: February 09, 2022 at 05:05 PM (#6064522)
IIRC the Jays used to do old timer games in the 80's which seems silly now given the players often were only a few years retired. But as a kid I enjoyed them anyways. I figure they stopped in part due to one old timer deciding he still had it (Dave Stieb) who then made a comeback in 1998. Still, I'd love to see guys play again - maybe even a Jays vs Expos one - see how many you can get from the '93 Jays and '94 Expos, that would be a blast.
   18. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: February 09, 2022 at 05:44 PM (#6064527)
Why did Old Timers Games go away?


Because we as nation had...outgrown such things? I don't really have an answer. Maybe they were too expensive/difficult logistically?

A book chronicling all of the Old-Timer Games across history would be an interesting read.
   19. The Duke Posted: February 09, 2022 at 08:18 PM (#6064548)
I could be wrong but in swear I remember an old timers game in Stl where they recreated the famous Enos Slaughter’s mad dash from the 1946 series. They had Pesky and walker and slaughter all there and he did it again ! Maybe it’s the imaginings of an eight year old mind but I swear they had a true re-enactment and he beat the throw again
   20. reech Posted: February 09, 2022 at 10:40 PM (#6064569)
It's gonna suck now because many of the old timers are gonna be younger than me!
   21. Itchy Row Posted: February 10, 2022 at 06:22 PM (#6064840)
Maybe it will be a Max Scherzer start. He's a year older than Daniel Murphy.
   22. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: February 11, 2022 at 03:35 PM (#6064931)
Why did Old Timers Games go away? They were awesome.

In fact, there are several things from the 1970s and early 1980s that were awesome, but just sort of went away:

- Old Timers games
- Those bullpen cars that were often in the shape of the home team's baseball hats
- Road blues (though those are coming back, I guess...)
- Managers wearing the team uniforms
- San Diego Chicken and Youppi
- Awesome Monday Night Baseball intro music
- The Baseball Bunch (who would be the Johnny Bench of a series reboot?)


Ahem. This will not ####### stand.

THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL THE GREATEST TV SHOW THAT EVER TV SHOWED!!! (21:27 for the theme song)
   23. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 11, 2022 at 11:06 PM (#6064970)
Why did Old Timers Games go away? They were awesome.

True, but IIRC, at one time fairly recently the Yankees were the only team still holding an annual Old Timers Day.

Except for 2020, the Yankees have had uninterrupted Old Timers' Days since 1947.

The only one I ever went to, in 1961, featured players from the Yankees, the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, with tons of Hall of Famers, but in hindsight the main attraction might've been Wally Pipp. It took 45 minutes to introduce all the players, and then with rain threatening they decided to go straight from the introductions to the regularly scheduled Yankees - Orioles game.
   24. dejarouehg Posted: February 13, 2022 at 09:58 AM (#6065033)
I was at the 1975 NYY OTG at Shea Stadium. It was 8/2/75, the day Billy Martin replaced Bill Virdon. I wish I had more vivid recollections of it. DiMaggio, Mantle, Mays....they were all there.

Wasn't there some company that tried to nationalize all the OTGs? Shortly thereafter it went the way of the dodo.

I've been to several Mets OTGs, including the 94 reunion of the 69 team. Was so poorly attended, but for me to see Seaver, Agee, Shamsky, McGraw, Jones, etc., all in uniform was tremendous. Have a picture of Seaver pitching, Al Weis at 2B and Swoboda in RF signed by Seaver and Swoboda.

Just another reminder that getting old is for the birds.....
   25. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: February 13, 2022 at 01:18 PM (#6065040)
I suspect the Vladimirs Guerrero may challenge for the combined hits and HR records in the future.


Doubtless, but Junior is on the Prince Fielder path and will be finished by age 30 or 31.

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