Take a Number

55No sooner had I suspected Sandy would deal than he dealt: Two longshot minor league pitchers to the Braves for veteran journeymen Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. While the pundits figure out what that means to a lineup desperate to corral them (bench Flores? Duda?! Trade Murphy? … yes to all three?!?) a still larger challenge could be figuring out where they’ll fit within the confines of a decreasing supply of viable uni numbers.

44Assuming every man on the 40-man roster retains their assignment, and coaches and existing players don’t switch, and the mothballed numbers (8, 17, 24) remain in limbo the available choices are 0, 00, 44, 46, 55-57, 60-61, 63, 65, and 67-99. That’s not a whole lot of variety!  (44 by the way was just torn from the back of disappointing alleged lefty-masher John Mayberry Jr., who was released to make roster space for the incoming duo).

The histories of Uribe and Johnson give us little to go on: I associate Uribe with No. 5 from his time with the Giants; and Johnson, I have no idea. The Mets will be his 9th team in a 10-year career. If it’s up to me I outfit them in 0 and 00, though I don’t know if that will fly with Mr. Met. More like, I predict one of then (Uribe) takes the No. 6 currently belonging to assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler, Johnson takes 44, and Roessler moves to something like 55. Or maybe Uribe takes 55? What’s your prediction?

Kelly Johnson, by the way, will be the 8th Johnson (and 3rd Kelly) in Mets history, tying the Jones boys (Barry, Bobby J, Bobby M, Chris, Cleon, Randy, Ross and Roadblock) for the all-time Mets surname record. The Johnsons now include Kelly, Ben, Bob L, Bob W, Howard, Lance, Mark and Rob, not to mention the manager Davey.

Los Siete Hernandezes (Anderson, Keith, Livan, Luis, Manny, Orlando and Roberto) are third.


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  1. Gene F. says:

    My prediction? Minor leaguers get bigfooted out of 2 (Uribe) and 16 (Johnson).

  2. Howie R says:

    Kevin Long has 57 so thats out. My preduction is Johnson gets 44 and Urube gets 2. Herrerra then switches to 1, I dont see Ceciliani coming up again anytime soon (hes on the DL)

  3. Gene F. says:

    Uribe in 2, Johnson in 55, per Rubin.

  4. Tomswid says:

    I assume Clippard gets 44. Unless he is in love with 36, then he gets 36 and Gilmartin gets 44. To me, 36 will alwasy be Koosman and should not be re-issued.

  5. Howie R says:

    I agree on Clippard getting #44. A better question is who gets taken off of the roster to make room for him?

  6. Chris says:

    Clippard has also worn #19.

  7. Shorty says:

    With all due respect to Willie Mays, who in my opinion, may be one of the top three players of all time, why are we mothballing #24? Mays played with the Mets only at the tail end of his illustrious career. The only team that ought to retire his number is the Giants.

    • Jon Springer says:

      The Wilpons, were they not complete incompetents and terrified of highlighting any era but their own, would hit a public-relations grand slam and close the silly 24 loophole if they’d only retire No. 24 — for Joan Payson. It was Payson who promised Mays the honor, and he was symbolic of her ownership. First team to retire a number for a woman! That could be the Mets. But, you know, it probably won’t be.

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