52 and Out

We neglected to mention the last-inning, last-day appearance of catcher Joe Hietpas, who narrowly became the 52nd and final Met of 2004, its 747th overall, and the 17th No. 10 in team history. Also, we owe goodbyes to Todd Zeile 27, John Franco 45 (maybe?) and probably, lots of others who’ve played their last game in a Met uni. In the meantime, we’ll wish good luck to the RED SOX, who begin the ALCS against the Yanks tonight, and humbly suggest that as Omar Minaya retools the team for 2005 his first move involves re-hiring Bobby Valentine, whom (told ya so) just about everyone missed more than they realized the regrettable day they fired him. Hey Charlie — keep no. 2 warm.

Updates: Thanks to a note from MBTN reader Ken, we’re updating our records on Dan Norman. Norman wore 33 during September callups in 1977 and 1978, and didn’t switch to 8 until 1979. Thanks!

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