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Bridgeport Bluefish sign Endy Chavez

Endy Chavez, best remembered for his amazing catch to rob Scott Rolen of a two-run homer in game seven of the 2006 NLCS, is going to play for the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League this season.

Chavez did not play last season after leaving the Seattle Mariners during spring training for personal reasons. He’s now planning to resume his baseball career at age 38.

“I’m very excited to get back to the game that I love,” Chavez told MyCentralJersey.com’s Mike Ashmore in an exclusive interview. “I know I still can produce. I’ve had a lot of support from the fans who want me to be back on the field, so I’m giving it a shot.”

I’m hoping that Chavez can get back to the Major Leagues, and failing that, at least play well enough that he can feel like he’s walking away from the game on his own terms… whether that happens this year or two or three seasons from now.

And I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get my photo of The Catch signed by Chavez at some point this season.

Posted in Autographs

Spend "A Glorious Day with the Amazin's" on Sat., Nov. 14

Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection
Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection

MAB Celebrity Services invites you to spend “A Glorious Day with the Amazin’s” on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Crowne Plaza Fairfield in Fairfield, New Jersey.

Twenty-two current and former New York Mets will be guests at the autograph show, including members of four of the five Mets teams that played in the World Series.

Highlights of the show include appearances by Travis d’Arnaud, Endy Chavez, Billy Wagner, Sid Fernandez, Dwight Gooden, Mookie Wilson and Jon Matlack, as well as non-Mets guests Ozzie Smith, Whitey Ford, Don Mattingly and Bill Buckner.

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A look at the Mets Museum

A few weeks ago, I finally had the chance to wander around Citi Field before a Mets vs. Phillies game. My first stop was the Mets Museum.

I was initially disappointed that there seemed to be less “stuff” on display than in previous years, but I think the 2015 setup actually represents the best balance between the different eras of Mets history that they’ve had since it opened.

You’ve got Ed Kranepool’s contract from 1973 on display along with one of Rusty Staub‘s bats, one of Darryl Strawberry‘s batting helmets, Mike Hampton‘s 2000 World Series cap, Endy Chavez‘s jersey from the 2006 NLCS game that made him famous and Juan Lagares‘ Gold Glove Award.

While it would be nice to see more of an effort to use the artifacts to illustrate a timeline of Mets history, I can see why the staff members don’t bother. The items are almost all on loan from collectors (or sometimes the players themselves) and will only be on display for one year.

I recommend a visit the next time you are at Citi Field.

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New additions to the Mets bullpen & my autograph collection

Staten Island native Jack Egbert, who played college baseball for Rutgers University, is the 35th player to appear on the New York Mets active roster this season. The Mets selected his contract from the Buffalo Bisons on Friday after they optioned Robert Carson back to the Binghamton Mets.

Egbert had a 2-3 record with a 2.08 ERA in 17 appearances (including one start) for the Bisons this year. He walked five while striking out 17 in 26 innings. He has allowed  one home run and has held opposing batters to a .234 average against him. (For more about Egbert, check out this ESPN New York article.)

Should the 29-year-old right-hander make it into a game for the New York Mets, he would become the 930th player in the team’s history. And then I’d be able to add this signed 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition card to my Mets autograph collection.

Signed Jack Egbert baseball card from my collection, obtained through the mail in May 2012

This week, I’ve also added a few other autographed cards to my collection this week, removing three names from the list of players I was missing and “upgrading”   a fourth player to a signed Mets card.

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Who I’m rooting for in the ALDS

The playoffs get underway today, and since my team didn’t make it I have to find someone else to root for… again.

Endy Chavez, seen here on his 2009 Upper Deck baseball card, will try to win a World Series ring with the 2011 Texas Rangers.

The first series pits the Tampa Bay Rays against the Texas Rangers, two teams I rarely have cause to think about during the regular season. Texas has former Mets Endy Chavez, Darren Oliver and Darren O’Day, so I guess I’ll root for them… even though the networks have consigned the series to the awkward mid-afternoon slot that means I’ll miss a good chunk of the games.

Prime time brings us the Detroit Tigers vs. the New York Yankees, and I think everybody knows who I’ll be rooting for in this series. It’s nearly impossible to root for a team to win its 28th championship unless you’re actually one of their fans. The ex-Met factor is nearly a wash: Detroit has Omir Santos, while the Yankees have Raul Valdes… and I don’t think either will be anywhere near a playoff roster. (The Yankees also have Luis Ayala, but I wasn’t even very fond of him when he was a Met.)

The National League series don’t start until tomorrow, so I’ll wait until then to worry about them.

Which teams are you rooting for in the playoffs?