He Knows His Place

85An interesting note from our nation’s capital: When the Nationals signed Adam Dunn, they gave him his customary uni No. 44. To make room, selfless ex-Met Lastings Milledge has volunteered to switch … to No. 85. It’s his birth year. Elsewhere in X-Met land, Aaron Heilman is wearing No. 47 with the Cubs and Joe Smith is  38 in Cleveland. Endy Chavez remains in No. 10 in Seattle and Scott Schoeneweis is still wearing No. 60, only in Arizona.I’d update you on Damian Easley but the poor guy hasn’t found work yet. AndMatt Wise has retired.

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Elsewhere, reader Charlie let me in on the fact that the revamped database had neglected to include the small handful of Mets who appeared on the roster but not in a game (Jerry Moses,Mac Suzuki, et al) but they’re baked in there now. He also threw out a name I hadn’t known was a Met before, Steve Simpson who according to Charlie appeared on the September active roster with the 1974 Mets but didn’t appear in a game. Can anyone out there confirm this or offer more info?

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by Joe Hickey (not verified) on Wed, 02/25/2009 – 1:40am.
    This is all i have found so far….
    The Sporting News 29th January 1990
    “Steve Simpson died of a heart attack today…Simpson was involved in the Jim McAndrew trade in 1973. Optioned to Victoria in 1974 and recalled in September, but made no appearances for the Mets and was released to Tidewater the following Spring…he left baseball in 1975”.


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    Gerry Moses

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/25/2009 – 10:23am.
    I seem to remember Gerry Moses being issued uni # 5 for his brief Mets career.

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    Steve Simpson

    Submitted by Gordon Handler (not verified) on Wed, 02/25/2009 – 10:41am.
    The 1975 Media Guide has a write up on Simpson including all of his professional stats from 1970 through 1974. It makes no mention of being called up to the majors but in another section, the chronology of player changes reports that Simpson was recalled from Victoria on September 16, 1974 along with OF Greg Harts.
    Simpson is listed on the 1975 spring roster with uni 43. Sounds appropriate if he was traded for McAndrew.

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    #85 on Milledge sounds like we got another chad Johnson

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/25/2009 – 6:49pm.
    I do recall Paul Lukas on Uni Watch saying that Milledge is “en nueva ocho cinco” Won’t be long before we see him doing a home run celebration or having Bud Selig start imposing fines for flakiness. Now what’s next?

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