The 2001 Mets: Where Are They Now?

An article by posted on September 9, 2011

With the 2001 Mets back in the spotlight as we get set to honor the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, I thought I’d hit Wiki to see what most of the players from that team are doing these days.

Steve Phillips Former Mets general manager, Steve Phillips attends the SIRIUS XM Radio celebrity fantasy football draft at Hard Rock Cafe - Times Square on July 21, 2010 in New York City.

GM Steve Phillips - Co-host of “Jason and the GM” on Sirius Radio, with occasional guest spots on MLB Network and WFAN.

MGR Bobby Valentine – Co-hosts ESPN Sunday Night Baseball as color commentator, and is the Director of Public Safety in Stamford, CT.

1B Todd Zeile – Began a movie production company in Hollywood, California. He has produced and acted in several independent films which you can read about on his IMDB page.

2B Edgardo Alfonzo – Fonzie was last seen playing baseball with the Newark Bears in New Jersey.

2nd place at a redfish tourney. in My Photos by Desi Relaford

2B Desi Relaford – Started a hip-hop record label called 6 Hole, and instructs kids at his baseball camp during the Summer months. He also loves to fish.

SS Rey Ordonez – Became a U.S. citizen, re-married in 2010, and now resides in Miami Springs in Florida.

3B Robin Ventura – Covers Division 1 Baseball on ESPNU, and College World Series broadcasts on ESPN 2.

UT Joe McEwing - Manages the Charlotte Knights (White Sox AAA), and he was recently named a top managerial prospect by Baseball America.

UT Lenny Harris - Minor League hitting instructor for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

C Mike Piazza - Coaches Team Italy in the WBC and World Cup, and managed the USA team in the 2011 Futures Game this year while wearing Mets hat.

C Todd Pratt – Retired after failing to make the Yankees out of Spring Training in 2007.

OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo – He’s now a celebrated television celebrity in Japan and produces his own line of fashion clothing.

OF Jay Payton - Announced his retirement last February via Facebook and is now taking it easy for a little while.

OF Darryl Hamilton - Works for MLB Commissioner’s Office and reports to Vice President Bob Watson.

OF Benny Agbayani – Went back to college to finish his degree, and now counsels children as an educational assistant at Mililani High School in Hawaii.

OF Timo Perez - Signed a 2011 minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers AAA affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens.

SP Al Leiter – A well respected studio analyst for the YES Network as well as the MLB Network. Also does color commentary during Yankees broadcasts.

SP Kevin Appier – He operates a 450-acre ranch in Southern California, and was elected to KC Royals HOF this season.

SP Rick Reed – Since 2005, Reed has been the pitching coach at Marshall University for the Thundering Herds.

SP Bruce Chen – Still pitching for the Kansas City Royals where he is 10-7 with a 4.30 ERA this season in 21 starts.

SP Glendon Rusch - Plays basketball in an independent league in California.

SP Steve Trachsel - The “Human Rain Delay” hasn’t played since 2008, but has yet to officially retire.

RP Dennis Cook - Was recently named the head coach for Team Sweden’s baseball team.

RP Turk Wendell – Owns and operates Wykota Ranch, a 200-acre hunting and fishing camp in Larkspur, Colorado.

RP Armando Benitez - After being released by Marlins in 2010, he joined the Newark Bears for his third stint with them.

RP John Franco – The former captain is enjoying retirement and often guest hosts on WFAN and Sirius Radio.


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