Friday, January 2, 2009


Yesterday's quiz question was:
On June 12, 2003, when the Mets fired general manager Steve Phillips, they also made one of the most important promotions of a player from the Minor Leagues to the varsity squad. Who was that player?

The correct answer is b) Jose Reyes

Reyes, a two-time All-Star and the Mets career and single-season record holder for stolen bases was called up June 12, 2003. He made his debut that night at the Ballpark in Arlington against the Texas Rangers and batted ninth. Reyes went 0-for-5, with a run scored and RBI groundout. He also committed an error in an 11-0 Mets victory. Three days later in Anaheim, Reyes hit his first Major League homer, a grand slam off Angels’ pitcher Jarrod Washburn, in an 8-0 Mets win.

The other options

a) David Wright, a three-time National League All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner, made his Major League debut on July 21, 2004 at Shea Stadium in a game against the Montreal Expos. Wright batted seventh and went 0-for-4. The next day at Shea against Montreal, Wright collected his first two Major League hits in four at-bats and scored the Mets’ only run in a 4-1 loss.

b) Pedro Feliciano
His career took several twists and turns before he made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 4, 2002. Feliciano was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 1995 amateur draft, then six years later, he was signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Reds. In July 2002, the Mets acquired Feliciano with Reds’ outfielder Brady Clark and Minor League outfielder Raul Casanova in a trade for left-handed starting pitcher Shawn Estes. In his debut, Feliciano pitched two scoreless innings in an 11-3 win over the Marlins at Shea.

c) Oliver Perez made his Major League debut as a San Diego Padre on June 16, 2002 and started in winning fashion, out-dueling Mariners’ starter Jamie Moyer in a 5-3 Padres win over Seattle. Perez went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with four walks and seven strikeouts. Trevor Hoffman, Major League Baseball’s All-Time saves leader, earned a save in Perez’s victorious debut.

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