Hi you may have seen the enormous righthander Brooks Pounders debut the other day. There’s a guy who looks like his name, no? He’s wearing No. 46, last issued to Gerson Bautista last year and rarely if ever to a significant Met: Ollie Perez, Neil Allen (before he changed); Tyler Clippard (before he changed); Randy Niemann (before he changed). You get it. Anyway, you also know we needed the help and perhaps the big dude can provide some. So far, so big, so good.
Also this week the Mets recalled Daniel Zamora (again) and welcomed Steven Nogosek for the first time. I’m just gonna say without looking it up that’s the first and only time a 73 and 72 were recalled on the same day.
Nogosek came along with the aforementioned Bautista and Jamie Callahan (remember him?) in the famous Addison Reed trade and has been having a good year in the minors. 72 is of course an outrageous number. Perhaps not as big an admission of not trying than dressing Jack Rheinheimer in it last year but you get the message. Another June, another Met club dangling to the notion of being relevant.
I’ll happen to be in Wrigley on Friday and will report from there on whatever stupid number they give to whomever pitches.
Back in college I knew a girl who thought the John Fogarty song “centerfield” was about airline travel.
“Put me in coach,” right?
Right. And thanks to MBTN reader David, we can officially put in the coaches for the 2009 Mets, at least their assigned numbers:
Luis Alicea, 51
Razor Shines, 52
Randy Niemann, 55
David also provided news the Mets would suit Tony Armas in No. 91.
For Niemann, 55 marks his sixth different Met uni number: He wore Nos. 46and 40 over parts of two seasons as a player and 45, 48, and 52 previously as a coach. Alicea, whom I’ve already mentally confused with Luis Aguayo, and Shines are new to the Mets this year.
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A different David, this one the MBTN technical guy, in the meantime has been working behind the scenes to arrange the data by year, a first for MBTN. You may see above, alongside arrangements listing players alphabetically and by number, the Rosters by Year link takes you to a page from which you can call up a list of all the players who served during a particular season. The numerical proceeding looks a little goofy but hopefully we can solve that eventually.
Consider this innovation the first little bit of the site’s 10th anniversary celebration. MBTN went live for the first time, Feb. 22, 1999, 10 years ago Sunday.