Thanks to Greg for the headline (his remark in the “Odd Occurrance” post below, plus my additon, four exclaimation points for emphasis). Among the many things Karim Garcia ruined (not the least of which was almost any day he played for the Mets) was the fouling up of an otherwiseall-odd starting lineup on May 30, 2004. The chubby cheap Vlad Guererro was the only even-numbered player in the day’s starting lineup, which was a shame since we have yet to find a game in Met history that didn’t have any even-numbered players in it (nor have we found an all-even lineup).
That’s not to say these things haven’t happened.
So we’re still looking to find an example of each, not to mention an all-ascending or all-descending starting lineup.
The clubhouse leaders for highest (274) and lowest (84) combined are as follows:
July 3, 1962:
April 4, 2002
Still smarting form an embarrassing whupping out West, the puzzling Mets announced a series of roster moves Monday. As brittle second baseman Kaz Matsui 25 hit the disabled list for the 15th time, the Mets promoted Gerald Williams, the elderly outfielder from Norfolk. And while oddball lefty Dae Sung Koo 17 was recalled from the disabled list, Mike DeJean 35 was DeSignated For Assignment, ultimately failing to make a Met career any more distinguished than that of the man he was acquired for, Karim Garcia. Williams, by the way, toiled for the Mets last season wearing Nos. 6 and 21. So much for The New Mets…
The 2004 Mets next week will be arriving in Port St. Lucie for Spring Training and goofy numbers aplenty are expected. According to the official (but not always accurate) Mets website, here’s what to expect: Pat Strange, whose 38 was taken by Jae Seo when Seo’s 40 was given to Braden Looper (whose 41 was unavailable)… is listed in No. 34. As expected, veteran returnee Todd Zeile was issued No. 27. Karim Garcia in the meantime was issued No. 20, with Prentice Redman switching to No. 5. Catcher Mike Jacobs has been issued the highest uni number among the 40-men in camp, at 71. See more at the official site.
The Mets are expected to announce one-year contracts for infielder Todd Zeile and outfielder Karim Garcia in the next few days. The left-handed hitting Garcia has failed to nail down a regular job with several clubs so far and so fits right in to the Mets’ right-field situation. His presence seems to suggest a righty-swinging platoon partner is on the way. Garcia wore No. 28 for the Yankees last year but is unlikely to want to remind us or himself of that in Queens.
Zeile, whom the Mets strenuously disposed of just two years ago will re-join the team as a reserve and pinch-hitter, roles Met fans who recall 2001 are reasonably sure he’s ready for. It will be interesting to see whether Zeile resurfaces in his old Met No. 9 jersey (currently belonging to Ty Wigginton) or takes the available No. 27 he wore most frequently in his career. Zeile by the way would become the 28th player in team history to re-join the Mets after playing MLB elsewhere.