And Turn In Your Jersey Now

Our long national nightmare is over.

No, not that one. You can all vote tomorrow and do your part for that.

I’m talking about the bogarting of No. 6 by coach Pat Roessler.

As I’ve documented numerous times here, Roessler’s occupation of No. 6, which he’s worn now for three years, interfered with a long tradition of the Mets’ No. 6 getting rapidly distributed sand returned to a parade of reserve infielder scrubeenies, third-string catchers and short-lived starters like Ruben Gotay and Gustavo Molina sand Marlon Byrd, for example. The tradition was so strong that only five seasons have been 6-less for the Mets and no player has sustained 6 apart from Wally Backman’s eight-year run for any more than a partial season or two.

Only two players in team history have more than 1,000 at-bats in No. 6, Backman and Timo Perez. Joe Orsulak is third! And with 46 separate issues, it’s still the most frequently-issued in club history.

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  1. Matt B says:

    #25 and #20 are freed up now, as well, as Bones and Amaro will not be on the field anymore. Let’s get the new guys suited up in the 50s, like the old days.

  2. Chris says:

    72 is freed up too, Jack Reinheimer was claimed by the Cubs.

  3. Matt B says:

    Looks like Cano is coming. I say that they give him his old #24 back, which will make Willie Mays angry.

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