Gwreck wonders: Pending Phil Humber getting into a game, there will be no fewer than 10 (!) uniform numbers that were issued to more than one player during this 2006 season.
20 – Victor Diaz, Shawn Green
22 – Xavier Nady, Michael Tucker
25 – Kazuo Matsui, Pedro Feliciano
32 – Jeremi Gonzalez, Eli Marrero, Dave Williams
34 – Jorge Julio, Mike Pelfrey
36 – Henry Owens, Kelly Stinnett
39 – Pedro Feliciano, Roberto Hernandez
43 – Bartolome Fortunato, Royce Ring
49 – Roberto Hernandez, Phil Humber (pending)
59 – Alay Soler, Guillermo Mota
I’m pretty sure that’s a record.
It’s not! As with many season records concerning the Met population, 1967 dominates. In that year the Mets ran out a record 54 players, including 15 sets of like-number-wearing teammates, including four-of-a-kind at 38 (unfortunately, they weren’t Aces). In the example below, Nolan Ryanassumes Humber’s place as the rookie pitcher who saw no game action but occupied a jersey.
2 – Chuck Hiller, Phil Linz
5- Sandy Alomar, Ed Charles
6- Bob Johnson, Bart Shirley
18- Al Luplow, Joe Moock
19- Kevin Collins, Hawk Taylor
24- Johnny Lewis, Ken Boswell
26- Bob Shaw, Bill Graham
29- Danny Frisella, Nick Willhite
30- Dick Selma, Nolan Ryan
32- Jack Hamilton, Hal Reniff
33- Chuck Estrada, Bob Hendley
34- Jack Lamabe, Cal Koonce
35- Don Shaw, Billy Wynne
38- Ralph Terry, Dennis Bennett, Billy Wynne, Billy Connors
44- Bill Denehy, Al Schmelz
And there you have it. Great question!
In case you didn’t see it, MBTN’s meeting with the brilliant Paul Lukas of Uni Watch was published this week — there’s no higher recognition for a uni-centric web site. Be warned: Some language is not suitable for adults!