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Four random Mets baseball cards

Tom-Seaver

C-3PO is helping me show off a few baseball cards that arrived in my mailbox this Saturday. I finally wrapped up my 2015 Topps Series 1 Mets team set thanks to some help from Lonestarr, Phungo and a birthday gift from my friend Greg… now I just have to decide how much energy to put into chasing down the inserts for it.

I like the concept of the “This Date In History” cards, whatever their official name happens to be. And how can you go wrong with a Tom Seaver card?

Well, you can stick him on the front of a card commemorating a game that he didn’t pitch in, I guess. July 20th, 1969 is significant because it’s the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to land on the moon, and the Mets won the second game of a double header against the Montreal Expos on utility man Bobby Pfeil‘s bunt single. Don Cardwell started for the Mets, Jack DiLauro got credit for the victory, and Tug McGraw, Cal Koonce and Ron Taylor also pitched in relief… Seaver presumably watched from the dugout.

But it’s still a cool card, AJ, – it will get added to my Mets team set.

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Link: Joe Janish on The Lesson of Generation K

Bill Pulsipher pitches for the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League in 2010 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Fans of a certain age will remember “Generation K” – the highly-touted trio of pitching prospects that was supposed to lead the mid-90s Mets into a new golden age. For various reasons, Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson never lived up to those lofty expectations (though Isringhausen did become an all-star closer after leaving the Mets.)

At Mets Today, Joe Janish answers to question of whether it’s fair to expect the current generation of Mets pitching prospects – Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia – to have a bigger impact when they arrive in the major leagues.

Janish points out:

at the time Paul Wilson,Jason Isringhausen, and Bill Pulsipher appeared on that SI cover in 1996, all three were much, much further along in their development than Wheeler, Harvey, et al. Pulsipher and Isringhausen, in fact, had already experienced half a season in MLB, and Wilson reached — and pitched effectively through 10 games — AAA.

He concludes:

as recently as 2006 / 2007, many, many people believed that when Citi Field opened, the Mets starting outfield would consist of Fernando MartinezLastings Milledge, and Carlos Gomez. And those were outfielders, who are less susceptible to having their futures curtailed by arm injuries

I’d guess that one out of the four young pitchers becomes a borderline star, one has a decent but unspectacular career and the other two get cups of coffee with one or more teams before winding up in independent baseball. I just couldn’t tell you which is which. 🙂

In any event, I agree with Janish that fans shouldn’t pin all their hopes on these four pitchers just yet.

What are your thoughts?