For Pete’s Sake, We’re 20

Today marks the 20th year since the Mets by the Numbers website first went live. We’ll celebrate by wishing best of luck to the Mets’ newest No. 20, Peter Alonso, who by the way asked yesterday that everyone just call him Pete.

It’s too early to tell whether Alonso, or Pete as we call him, will make the opening day squad. I suspect he’s a longshot till May, unless they can make some trades this spring. At any rate he’ll be something of a throwback, becoming the first Mets rookie to debut wearing No. 20 in 15 years.

They used to do it all the time.

1965 Greg Goosen

1974 Ike Hampston

1977 John Pacella

1981 Greg A Harris

1982 Rick Ownbey

1983 Mike Fitzgerald

2003 Prentice Redman

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Thanks for checking in with the updates on invited infielders Adeiny Hechavarria (25) and Danny Espinosa (88).

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13 comments

  1. Jim A says:

    Congratulations on 20 years! An impressive milestone indeed.

  2. Matt B says:

    There are no numbers left for Gomez!

  3. Richard says:

    Give Conforto #8, his preferred #, and Gomez can take #30, a number he’s worn before.

  4. Matt B says:

    My guess is that he gets #2, since Cecchini was sent to minor league camp.

  5. Greg says:

    Gomez issued No. 85 for now.

  6. Matt B says:

    85 was the next available number. He happens to be born in 1985. If he actually makes the team, I wonder if he keeps it since he can’t get any of his previous numbers.

  7. Richard says:

    I figured he might take #72 (taken for now) since it’s a reverse of his usual #27

  8. Chris says:

    #19 is available. Rotoworld feports that T.J. Rivera has been released.

  9. Richard says:

    I can’t picture Gomez in #19. I imagine someone else will take it and maybe that frees up a number more preferable for Gomez.

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