The Mets can’t make it to the postseason, but at least some former Mets are able to get in.
It seems that every year at this time, even though the Mets’ season is over, I see familiar faces still on the field. I’m sure it’s just a function of annual turnover and nothing out of the ordinary to see former Mets scattered about the rosters of playoff clubs, but it’s still simultaneously annoying and comforting. Annoying, for the obvious reasons, and comforting, because these are players for whom I’ve rooted in the past, and it’s nice to be able to root for them again — especially in games that really matter.
Some of the Mets I’ve seen already include:
Luis Ayala (Orioles). We didn’t actually see him on the mound, but the fact that he was available in the ‘pen is enough. He’s like Darren Oliver or the pitcher mentioned below under Honorable Mention, in that every year you think he’s retired, or out of baseball, and at the end of the year he shows up on a postseason club.
Omar Quintanilla (Orioles). I don’t remember for sure, but I probably had snarky words for the Mets’ signing of Quintanilla, but when he was up with the big club, he performed as well as one could expect — maybe a little better.
Endy Chavez (Orioles). No “catch” seen by Endy yet, but it’s early. Hmmm … four former Mets on the O’s postseason roster? There must be a former Met scout or official with some pull somewhere in the organization.
Chip Hale (Orioles). Oh, maybe THAT’S the connection! I have to say, I was absolutely thrilled to see gritty Chip manning the third base coaching box. The Mets never should have allowed him to escape — the guy is a winner.
Carlos Beltran (Cardinals). Funny, even though Beltran was in a Mets uniform only 15 months ago, it feels like 15 years ago.
Nelson Cruz (Rangers). Holy Jorge Velandia! OK, he doesn’t really count, since the Mets sent him away when he was a teenager in the low minors and he never donned the official orange and blue. But still.
Miguel Batista (Braves). Completely under the radar, Batista wormed his way onto Atlanta’s 25-man roster in late August and very nearly made the Wild Card roster. No kidding.
To Be Seen Soon Enough
Freddy Garcia (Yankees)
Octavio Dotel (Tigers)
Miguel Cairo (Reds)
Wilson Valdez (Reds)
Guillermo Mota (Giants)
Yusmeiro Petit (Giants)
Angel Pagan (Giants)
Marco Scutaro (Giants)
Jesus Flores (Nationals)
I think that’s everyone; if I missed anyone, let me know in the comments.
What does it mean? Probably nothing. But as each of the above players makes an appearance, there will be a little, tiny place in my heart rooting for him.
About the Author
Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.