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Ex-Met Misch headed to Japan

Pat Misch pitches for the New York Mets in 2009 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Milwaukee Brewers have released former New York Mets pitcher Pat Misch from a minor league contract to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes, the team announced via Twitter.

Edit: YakyuBaka reports that the Orix Buffaloes have announced an agreement with Misch, with a press conference scheduled for Feb. 24.

Misch, now 34, last pitched in the majors with the Mets from 2009-2011. Since leaving the Mets, he has pitched for two area teams, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A, Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2012) and the Lancaster Barnstormers (independent, in 2015.)

Misch has also played in more exotic locales, such as Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 2014 and Lamigo in the Chinese Professional Baseball League last season.

Baseball America‘s John Manuel spoke with Misch about the memorable way he finished the season. Misch appeared in four of the seven games of the championship series, and threw a no-hitter in the final game.

“They asked me after the game if I could start Game Seven,” he said. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I couldn’t sleep that night. My body felt great; my arm felt great. I just kept thinking, there’s no way we’re losing this game. I had no thought to pace myself. I just felt so good.”

“Absolutely, it was the best game I’ve ever pitched.”

It’s going to be tough to top that, but I hope Misch continues to enjoy success in 2016.

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A quick look at the 2012 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs baseball cards

Since I got to see a Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs game earlier this year, I decided to order their 2012 team set. They’re available via the team website for $10, plus $5.95 shipping & handling (if you’re not ordering any other items).

The set includes 30 cards, produced by Choice SportsCards. Phillies fans will notice a number of players that have had to fill in on the major league club due to injuries, while Mets fans may notice Pat Misch and Raul Valdes, and everyone can appreciate a baseball card of Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

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Photos from Monday’s Lehigh Valley Ironpigs game

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs players Steve Susdorf (foreground), Pat Misch (center) and Kevin Frandsen (background) participate in a pre-game team autograph session

Despite the wet weather yesterday, Freddy and I made the trip to Allentown, Pa. to see the Louisville Bats take on the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs. The evening’s promotion was a team photo giveaway and pregame  autograph session.

It was the best-organized autograph session I’ve ever seen. Staff members handed out maps showing where all of the players and coaches would be signing along with the team photo giveaway. There were two or three people per table, and nearly the entire team participated.

Ryne Sandberg had the longest line, but if you went to his table as soon as you got in the gate, you probably were able to get his autograph. He was signing everything from baseball cards, to baseballs, bats and even a Cubs jersey.

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Wednesday morning roundup: Bobby Valentine, Nick Evans, Pat Misch, Jonathon Broxton & Octavio Dotel

Octavio Dotel's 1998 Team Best Signature Series card

It looks like Bobby Valentine will be the next manager of the Boston Red Sox, according to Gordon Edes of It’s bound to be an interesting time for Red Sox Nation. I guess we’ll find out how Valentine will handle the Boston club house – I wish him well, but I think he’s taken a thankless job. If Valentine wins, the credit belongs to the players and the payroll behind them. If he loses, well – you saw what happened to Terry Francona.


It’s time to say goodbye to a pair of Mets players who were recently removed from the 40-man roster. Nick Evans signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, while Pat Misch will be spending the summer with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and hoping for an opportunity to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies. I hope that Evans gets a better shot with the Pirates, and I would love to see Misch in the big leagues.

The Mets reportedly had been interested in former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathon Broxton, but he got a better offer from the Kansas City Royals. Considering that Broxton was limited to just over 12 innings this year, I’m not upset that the Mets “missed out.”

The Mets are pursuing Octavio Dotel, who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals this season, according to’s Anthony DiComo. Dotel has been a closer at a few points in his career, but mostly he’s been a setup man. I guess he could be 2012’s version of Jason Isringhausen, but a 38-year-old veteran reliever would be more valuable to a contender or a team with young relievers he could mentor.

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Some minor bits of Mets news

Lastings Milledge, seen here playing for the Norfolk Tides in 2006, is one of 22 Triple-A players who declared free agency at the end of the minor league season. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Pitchers Pat Misch and Mike O’Connor, who both seemed to fall out of favor with the current Mets administration, were among 22 Triple-A players that declared free agency at the end of the minor league season.

Former Mets top prospect Lastings Milledge was also among the group of players declaring free agency. I’ll always wonder if he was really that over-hyped, or if he just underachieved with his baseball talent.

In other news, Johan Santana pitched in an instructional league game on Friday as he continues to rehab from shoulder surgery, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. The Mets are projecting that Santana will be part of the 2012 starting rotation… I’m just curious about what we can realistically expect from the former All-Star.