Mets Merized Online » Ken Takahashi Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:43:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The 2009 Mets: Where Are They Now? Mon, 09 Sep 2013 03:23:30 +0000 Welcome to the second installment of Where Are They Now?, where we take a Mets roster and check in on what the players have done since last playing in Queens. Last week, we looked at the 2010 Mets, so this week we go back a year and look at the 2009 team, the first year the Mets played their home games at Citi Field. That season, Jerry Manuel led his squad to a 70-92 record, good for a fourth place NL East finish. Let’s look at the players.

Right off the bat, 21 players also played for the Mets in 2010, who I covered covered in my previous article. If you wish to learn about what happened to Luis Castillo, Alex Cora, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jeff Francoeur, Fernando Tatis, Angel Pagan, Jose Reyes, Nick Evans, Josh Thole, Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, Oliver Perez, Francisco Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano, Sean Green, Fernando Nieve, Elmer Dessens, Jon Niese, and Tobi Stoner, check out The 2010 Mets: Where Are They Now?

Only one player (who hasn’t already been covered) that played for the Mets in 2009 is still playing for the Mets, Daniel Murphy who is now one of the top hitters in the Mets lineup. Murphy currently ranks second on the team in batting average and third highest with a 2.7 WAR. Not only does Murphy provide a presence in the top of the lineup, but he may give the Mets strong trade bait going forward.

Only two other players from the 2009 are still in the majors albeit with another franchise: J.J. Putz and Darren O’Day.

Putz, who amazingly only played in 29 games with the Mets, played with the Chicago White Sox in 2010, before heading to Arizona where he played for the Diamondbacks in 2011. He still plays for them now. Side-armer Darren O’Day was claimed off waivers by the Rangers in April of 2009 and played in Arlington until 2011. After that season, the Baltimore Orioles claimed him off waivers. He is currently in his second year with them.

Five players from that team are currently in the Minor Leagues with other organizations and include Omir Santos, Jeremy Reed, Fernando Martinez, Argenis Reyes, and Nelson Figueroa.

Omir Santos did the bulk of the catching for the 2009 Mets, and he now sits behind the plate for the Rockies’ Triple A affiliate in Colorado Springs. He also played for the Toledo Mud Hens in the Detroit Tigers system in 2011, before spending some time with the big league team for the Tigers in  2010. He’s also played with the Indians Triple-A team this season.

Jeremy Reed signed with the Blue Jays in January of 2010 and was called up on April 12th. On July 12th he was sent down, released, and signed with the White Sox. He played the rest of the season with their Triple A team, the Charlotte Knights. The Brewers signed him in 2011 and he made the opening day roster. He was sent down to make room for Jonathan Lucroy, which led to him being traded to the Twins, where he finished the year. He is now in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, but is not currently assigned to a team.

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Fernando Martinez was claimed off waivers by the Astros in January of 2012 and played in Houston until he was traded to the Yankees this past June, knowing there was a chance that he could be suspended for steroids. He was among those named in the Biogenesis scandal and is currently serving a 50-game suspension.

Argenis Reyes played in the Red Sox system in 2010 and was then traded to the Cleveland Indians where he played the rest of the season. He spent time with the New Jersey Jackals of the Independent Leagues in 2011 before returning to the Indians system. He is currently not playing with an Indians team although he unassigned.

Nelson Figueroa saw time in the Phillies and Astros systems in 2010, and played in the majors with the Astros in 2011. He also played in the Pirates system that year. 2012 saw him spend time with the Yankees and Red Sox minor league systems, and now plays for the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate.

One 2009 Met is officially a free agent and that is Casey Fossum who played all of three games for the Amazins that season. Fossum was released at the end of April in 2009 and soon after signed with the Yankees. He played the rest of the year with their Triple A affiliate and then moved onto the Chicago Cubs system. His 2010 season was spent with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan, where he went 2-5 with a 5.72 ERA. Fossum signed with the Mets again in January of 2011 and played nine games, before being released a year later. He eventually signed with the Orioles but was soon released and has not resurfaced ever since.

13 players have retired. They are Gary Sheffield, Ryan Church, Brian Schneider, Cory Sullivan, Carlos Delgado, Ramon Martinez, Emil Brown, Marlon Anderson, Brian Stokes, Ken Takahashi, Lance Broadway, Jon Switzer, and Billy Wagner.

Gary Sheffield couldn’t find a team to play with in 2010, so he retired in the spring of 2011. Ryan Church was traded to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur and finished the year in Atlanta. 2010 was spent in Pittsburgh until the Pirates traded him to the Diamondbacks along with future Met D.J. Carrasco. He was non-tendered after the year and retired.

Brian Schneider played with the Phillies from 2010 to 2012 and retired officially on January 29th this year. Cory Sullivan, who is most remembered for being the last player to hit two triples in one inning, played with the Houston Astros for half of 2010. He played with the Phillies for half of 2011, and retired after failing to make the Dodgers opening day roster in 2012.

After being injured for most of the 2009 season, the Mets released Carlos Delgado when the season was over. The Boston Red Sox signed the future Hall of Famer to a Minor League contract. He went 3-for-13, was released and retired on April 13th 2011. He was most recently the hitting coach for the 2013 Puerto Rican team in the World Baseball Classic. Current Mets pitching coach Ricky Bones was the pitching coach for that team (and if you ask me, Delgado and Bones look extremely like each other).

Not much to say about Ramon Martinez here. The infielder who played only 12 games with the 2009 Mets was released after the season and immediately retired. Emil Brown retired after being released on June 22, 2009.

Super utility man Marlon Anderson was released in April and signed with the Newark Bears of the Independent Leagues. He played the rest of the season there and retired when the season was done. He was last seen in professional baseball as the hitting coach for the Potomac Nationals in 2012.

Brian Stokes was traded to the Angels for Gary Matthews Jr. prior to the the 2010 season and made 16 appearances for the Halos that year. In 2011 he played in the Arizona D-Back’s system, and then moved onto the Camden RIversharks of the Independent League. Ken Takahashi became the third oldest player to make his Major League debut at the age of 40 on May 2nd 2009. He was released by the Mets in October of that year and went back to his homeland of Japan and played with the Hiroshima Carp in 2010. He retired after that year.

Lance “Best Name in Baseball” Broadway has not played in the Majors since his time with the Mets. He spent time with the Blue Jays organization in 2010 and played with their Triple A team, the Las Vegas 51′s. He has since retired and done what I believe no other Met has done in their lifetime. Lance played Agent O’Neil in the 2013 movie, Olympus Has Fallen. We should keep an eye out for other movies that feature Mr. Broadway.

Jon Switzer only got into four games as a New York Met, which led to a 8.10 ERA. He signed with the Astros and played in their Minor League system in 2010. He retired after 2010 and went back to school. He is now a business manager.

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Billy Wagner, who is probably the greatest Mets closer of the last 10 years, was traded at the end of the year to the Red Sox for Chris Carter and minor leaguer Eddie Lora. Wagner played two games for Boston and then signed with the Atlanta Braves for the 2010 season. He was injured in the NLDS, but instead of going on the disabled list, he retired. Billy is currently the Head Coach for Miller High School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Two players are currently in the Independent Leagues. Wilson Valdez played for the Phillies in 2010 and 2011 and was then traded to the Cincinnati Reds before the 2012 season. The Reds traded Valdez to the Giants in December of 2012 but he was released this past March. He signed with the Miami Marlins the next day and was released on May 19th. He is now with the Camden River Sharks. Longtime Mets backup catcher Ramon Castro was traded to the White Sox for Lance Broadway in 2009, but I don’t think it mattered to Ramon, because later in the season he was behind the plate when Mark Buehrle tossed a perfect game. He was released by Chicago after 2011, and did not play baseball in 2012. He signed a Minor League contract with the Dodgers this March but was released after failing to make the roster. He now plays for the Long Island Ducks.

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Three players are playing in foreign countries, and they all play in Mexico. They are Anderson Hernandez, Angel Berroa, and Robinson Cancel. Hernandez, who was traded from the Tigers to the Mets back in 2004 for Vance Wilson, was claimed off waivers by the Indians in 2010 but was claimed by the Astros in July. 2011 was spent in Triple A with the Astros franchise. In 2012, Hernandez played with the Pirates Triple A team. This year he has been playing with the Piratas de Campeche, where he is hitting five points south of .300 with 11 home runs.

The 2003 American League Rookie of the Year (I still think Rocco Baldelli should have won) Angel Berroa, who before LaTroy Hawkins and David Aardsma was the last player to play for both the Mets and Yankees, played in the San Francisco Giants organization in 2010. In 2011 he played with the Arizona Diamondbacks Triple A team and the Bridgeport BlueFish of the Independent Leagues. 2012 saw Berroa play with the New Jersey Jackals. He now plays for Leones de Yucantan in Mexico. He is hitting .293 with 12 homers.

Robinson Cancel made his first big league appearance since 1999 in 2008 with the Mets. He spent 2010 with the Long Island Ducks, 2011 with the Astros Triple A team (and a few games in the Majors), 2012 with Monterrey in Mexico, and is still playing in Mexico with Minatilan.

One player is coaching. Andy Green went 1-4 with the Mets in 2009. He spent 2010 in Buffalo playing for the Bisons at the Mets Triple A level. He is now managing the Diamondbacks Double A team, the Mobile Bay Bears. He is managing former Met Nick Evans.

So there are your 2009 New York Mets. What were some of your best and worst memories of that season? Next week we’ll take a look at the 2008 team and the last year of Mets baseball at Shea Stadium.

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Mets Bid Sayonara To Ken Takahashi Tue, 20 Oct 2009 17:39:33 +0000 The Mets have released 40-year-old rookie reliever Ken Takahashi on Tuesday. Hopefully, it’s just the begining of an ambitious house cleaning and a prelude to some much needed change on this roster as we shift the focus to 2010.

Takahashi was 0-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 28 relief appearances. He wasn’t exactly as good as his ERA might indicate as he allowed a great deal of inheritted runners to score which only served to pad another pitcher’s ERA. He also was terribly ineffective against lefty hitters who ripped into him for a .302 batting average and a .387 on-base.

Takahashi also appeared in 18 games for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League, and started seven games finishing with a record of 1-3 with a 2.38 ERA.

The move may have been made to accomodate his wish to return to Japan for the upcoming season.

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Mets Have Had Their “Phil”; Lose Again 6-2 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 00:29:07 +0000 The Mets played a Monday matinee at Citi Field today and Bobby Parnell pitched well…to every hitter not named Ryan Howard.

Howard hit two home runs off Parnell to score the first five runs of the game for the Phillies.  That was all the offense they needed as they were able to defeat the Mets by the final score of 6-2.  The loss was the third straight for the Mets to the Phillies after winning the opener of the series on Friday night.  They ended their longest homestand of the year by winning only four of the 11 games played at Citi Field.

The game wasn’t the only thing the Mets lost as an MRI on Jeff Francoeur’s left thumb revealed a torn ligament.  In addition to Francoeur’s news, starting pitcher Johan Santana was scratched from tomorrow’s start due to discomfort in his elbow.  His start will be taken by Nelson Figueroa.

Things began eerily similar to Sunday’s game, as Parnell’s wildness put two of the first three hitters on base.  Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch to the delight of the handful of Mets fans in attendance and the dismay of the busloads of Phillies fans who seemed to have infested Citi Field all weekend.  After Victorino reached third base on a steal and subsequent throwing error, Chase Utley drew a walk.  Unfortunately, Parnell decided to find the strike zone with Ryan Howard at the plate.  He’ll learn.  He’s still young.  Howard connected on a long opposite-field home run to give the Phillies an early 3-0 lead.  It was the third three-run first-inning homer for the Phillies in the last two games.  It was also the 77th home run hit by a Phillie with men on base.  Compare that to the 74 HR the Mets have hit…period.

Oh, but Angel Pagan remembered yesterday very well.  He led off the bottom of the first inning with a routine pop-up to Chase Utley.  Recalling his inner Luis Castillo, Utley only used two hands instead of three and dropped the ball.  In an effort to throw out a hustling Pagan at second base, Utley’s throw sailed past Eric Bruntlett and into foul territory.  Someone must have yelled “free hot dogs and soda after the game” from the stands to bring back Little League memories for Angel Pagan.  He scampered his way around the bases for the “little league home run” to cut the Phillies’ lead to 3-1.  It was the second straight day Pagan had led off the game with a 120-yard dash around the bases.

The Mets added another run in the inning to make it a one-run game.  Gary Sheffield was able to leg out a triple on a ball hit into the rightfield corner.  Sheffield did a great job not re-injuring himself while debuting his “triples trot” around the bases.  He later scored on a sacrifice fly by Fernando Tatis.

Errors were aplenty at Citi Field today, as the two teams combined for five errors in the first three innings.  In addition to Chase Utley’s two errors on the same play, Gary Sheffield also botched a fly ball.  Apparently, his error was sponsored by the letter “D”, which stands for “doesn’t anybody here know how to catch the dang ball?”  The triples trot is for use on offense, not when trying to catch a fly ball in left field.  Fortunately for Sheffield and the Mets, the miscue did not lead to a run being scored.  Ryan Howard took care of that in the third inning.

Howard assumed the position against Parnell in the top of the third inning.  With Jayson Werth on base, Howard hit a towering fly ball to right that ultimately found its new home in the Pepsi Porch.  No word was given whether the blast altered air traffic patterns around LaGuardia Airport.  His second home run of the game (and 78th HR for the Phillies with men on base) gave the new Big Red Machine a 5-2 lead.  That was all Cliff Lee needed to continue his mastery over the National League.

After Pagan singled and was thrown out trying to steal second base, Lee proceeded to retire the next ten batters he faced.  Lee pitched seven brilliant innings, allowing two runs (both of which were unearned), six hits and no walks.  He finished the game with five strikeouts.  Relieving Lee in the eighth inning was former Met castoff Chan Ho Park, who thanked his former team by retiring them in order in his one inning of work.

The Phillies added an insurance run in the ninth inning off Pedro Feliciano to take away a save situation for Brad Lidge, but by then, the damage done by the masterful Cliff Lee was complete.  Lee is now 17-2 in his career against National League teams.  Since being traded to the Phillies, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner is 5-0 with a miniscule 0.68 ERA.

There wasn’t much positive news coming out of Citi Field for the Mets today, with the loss to the Phillies and the Francoeur and Santana injury news.  However, I did find two positives today.  First, Billy Wagner made his second appearance for the Mets since coming off the disabled list last Thursday.  Whereas most pitchers who have trade rumors distracting them pitch poorly, Wagner continued to be cool under the pressure.  He pitched another scoreless inning and picked up two more strikeouts.

Also, I was impressed with the manner in which lefty reliever Ken Takahashi gave the ball to Jerry Manuel after he was removed from the game in the seventh inning.  Whereas some relievers are upset when they are removed from a tight game at a critical juncture, Takahashi showed humility and poise.  He did not show up his manager and did not embarrass the team.

Takahashi’s one and a third innings of work also spared Mets fans from having to see Pat Misch brought into a game to get walloped by the Phillies again.  For his efforts, I give Ken Takahashi the game ball, although he’d probably just give it back.

The Mets will now fly to South Beach, where they will party the night away while Mets fans continue to wonder what went wrong with this season.  In between parties, they will also take time out to play some baseball.  The first game of the three-game series with the Marlins at recently renamed Land Shark Stadium (I’m telling you, that stadium has had more names than the Marlins have had fire sales) will be Tuesday at 7:10 PM.  Expect Nelson Figueroa to take the mound for the Mets and expect a one-hour rain delay at some point in the game as well.

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Francoeur To Get An MRI Mon, 24 Aug 2009 15:53:30 +0000


Jeff Francoeur is getting an MRI on his left thumb this morning, after injuring it while making a diving catch the half-inning before he hit into the unassisted triple play Sunday. The thumb swelled Sunday night.

Francoeur will be out of the lineup for Monday’s game and let’s hope that’s all he will miss.

Francoeur is hitting .305 with 6 homeruns and 24 RBIs with the Mets, leading all active players.

He will be another valuable loss if he ends up on the DL. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

On a positive note, David Wright is taking grounders before Monday’s series finale against the Phillies as he continues to make progress after suffering a concussion.


Also, lefthander Pat Misch has been optioned to Buffalo after his lengthy outing Sunday, and fellow lefthander Ken Takahashi will join the Mets from Triple-A Buffalo.

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Mets News: Ken Takahashi Not A Lock For Friday Wed, 06 May 2009 16:41:11 +0000 David Lennon of Newsday is reporting that Ken Takahashi may not be a sure thing to start on Friday as was first reported by Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel.

Lennon writes,

It looks like the Mets may have changed their minds on starting Ken Takahashi for Friday’s game against the Pirates. Takahashi did not throw his scheduled side session today and was cryptic in his conversation with reporters afterward. General manager Omar Minaya also was elusive on the subject.

When asked if Takahashi was his Friday starter, Minaya replied, “Right now. But that could change.” When pitching coach Dan Warthen was asked the same question, his only response was “Talk to Jerry [Manuel].”

Manuel was not available an hour before tonight’s first pitch, but the Mets could make an announcement about the rotation after the game.

It sounds like Manuel wasn’t sold on the whole Ken Takahashi idea in the first place.

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