The controversy of the Mets’ catching situation seemed almost too easily resolved as Ramon Castro was traded to the White Sox on the same night that Omir Stantos drove in both Mets runs, including the walkoff gamewinner, and Brian Schneider returned to the dugout for the first time in weeks.

Castro, the meaty backup who’d been a reserve forMike PiazzaPaul LoDuca and Schneider, and who provided a buttload of big moments for the Mets, was swapped for Lance Broadway, a tall 25-year-old one-time prospect.Castro leaves as the longest-serving No. 11 since Tim Teufel (1986-91). Despite ranking sixth in games played among Met 11s, Castro has more home runs and RBI than every Met 11 except Teufel and all-time leader Wayne Garrett.

Broadway — who just has to appear in New York at some point —  is assigned for now to the starting rotation at AAA Buffalo. He was wearing No. 41 in the White Sox bullpen before the trade.

Good luck to Castro, who despite frustrating the Mets with injuries and a seeming unwilliness to take over starting duties when the team needed him, at his best was probably a better hitter than Santos will ever be. But, Santos certainly has been the man for this season, and the next few months will probably be pretty close anyway.


Home runs by guys who wore 11 *
1. Wayne Garrett 55
2. Tim Teufel 36
3. Ramon Castro 33
4 (tie). Duke Snider, Lenny Randle 7
6. Gene Woodling 5
7. Dick Schofeild 4
8 (tie). Ed Bouchee, Roy McMillan, Kelvin Chapman 3

*-Only HRs hit while wearing No. 11 count 

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by matt in oh on Sat, 05/30/2009 – 11:47am.
    Pics I found have him wearing 41 for the ChiSox, so a change is invetable. To bad he can’t wear 42 (Braodway and 42nd) would be a pretty nice look on the back of a jersey. I guess will have to wait till he’s called up to find out.

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    Submitted by Dave Mackey (not verified) on Sat, 05/30/2009 – 9:02pm.
    I thought that was today’s paper, with Andy Roddick losing and all.

    Submitted by Richard (not verified) on Sun, 05/31/2009 – 10:03pm.
    Wouldn’t Fernando look so much better in #11? Maybe I’m biased b/c my birthdate is the 11th.

    I see Broadway going the route of other former #41s who have come to the Mets and take #40.

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