The 40-Year-Old Virgin

After Oliver Perez stunk up the joint again and his teammates responded with play every bit as lazy and uninspired, the Mets made reliever Casey Fossum pay. The lefty, whose work week included three mop-up jobs — two for Perez — was designated for assigment Sunday with Buffalo lefty Ken Takahashi recalled to take his place.

Takahashi makes an interesting choice. He’s a high-kicking, curve-throwing 40-year-old lefthander from Japan’s Hiroshima club who reportedly drew free agent interest from several teams this winter (including the Mets) but signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, only to be released as spring training broke and scooped up by the Mets.Though trained as a starter, he’s been doing effective short and long relief for the Bisons, and so might come in handy if he’s not too worn out by the time Perez’ turn in the rotation comes around again.

No word yet on Takahashi’s uniform with the Mets. He’s been wearing 33 with Buffalo which belongs here to John Maine and wore 22 with Hiroshima (currently JJ Putz‘ number). If like me you sense a pattern here, 11 is out (Ramon Castro); 44 is theoretically waiting for Tim Redding, and 55 is on the back of coach Randy Niemann (thanks for the updates below). 66? Doubtful. Maybe he’ll turn up in 30 or 36.

Buffalo by the way eventually re-signed Nelson Figueroa, no doubt humbled by the waters he tested.

Takahashi, should he appear, would be the 859th Met of all-time (thanks to MBTN reader Gordon for the below update):

We left off 2008 with 848 – Bobby Parnell
849 would have been Al Reyes but he did not play
2009: 849 – Sean Green 4/6
850 – JJ Putz 4/6
851 – Jeremy Reed 4/6
852 – Francisco Rodriguez 4/6
853 – Alex Cora 4/9
854 – Darren O’Day 4/9
855 – Garry Sheffield 4/9
856 – Livan Hernandez 4/11
857 – Omir Santos 4/17
858 – Casey Fossum 4/21

 

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by Ranjrz5 on Mon, 04/27/2009 – 8:03am.
    Isn’t #55 taken by Niemann?

    Yes…

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Mon, 04/27/2009 – 8:12am.
    Yep, Niemann is in 55, but got overlooked when I updated the 09 roster.

    This changes things, doesn’t it. Hmmmm. 30 looks available. So does 36…

    Am I the only one that confuses this guy with Takashi Kashiwada?

    Submitted by Gordon Handler (not verified) on Mon, 04/27/2009 – 9:58am.
    TAKAsHikASHIwada

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    Old Dookie

    Submitted by Gene F. on Mon, 04/27/2009 – 10:54am.
    I’m guessing 26. Pitchers from Japan tend to have lower numbers, and that’s the lowest one available.

    Isn’t 8 a lucky number in Japan? How about 38 or 48? Defies the low number theory, but is supported by another equally indefensible theory.

    Actually, 2+6=8, so that makes as much (or little) sense as anything else.

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    Ken

    Submitted by Dave Mackey (not verified) on Mon, 04/27/2009 – 12:52pm.
    Ken’s going to be in 36, per the game notes just released by the Mets.

    Notes

    Submitted by Gene F. on Mon, 04/27/2009 – 1:56pm.
    Thanks, Dave. Do you get the notes via e-mail, or do you find them on line?

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    Game notes

    Submitted by Dave Mackey (not verified) on Mon, 04/27/2009 – 4:40pm.
    They’re posted on the Major League Baseball website – exact same notes that the beat writers and broadcasters get before each game are available to anyone to download for free. You need to find the News/Press Pass section for the game notes.

    Game notes

    Submitted by Dave Mackey (not verified) on Mon, 04/27/2009 – 4:40pm.
    They’re posted on the Major League Baseball website – exact same notes that the beat writers and broadcasters get before each game are available to anyone to download for free. You need to find the News/Press Pass section for the game notes.

    Notes

    Submitted by Gene F. on Tue, 04/28/2009 – 3:05am.
    Thanks, Dave.

    Takahashi gets in the game…

    Submitted by Dave Mackey (not verified) on Sun, 05/03/2009 – 1:58pm.
    …but did anyone notice when he went into the game, the Fox network graphic introducing him gave his uniform number as 51?

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