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Countdown to Mets Fantasy Camp 40 Days to Go.

Every year for the last 3 years as Spring gives way to Fall, Mets season merges into NY Rangers season, I have been able to keep the baseball side of my brain occupied with thoughts of Mets Fantasy Camp. This year more so then ever, in the past I have simply gone down to cover the week long camp as a reporter, this season I am headed down to actually participate as a player. Each year I have tried to find unique ways of counting down the days until camp and sharing them with Mets fans, So this year I will do the countdown by Jersey numbers, When possible I will post my 3 favorite Mets who have worn that number, some numbers are harder then others.

#1 George Stone

One of the very few trades the Mets came out on the right end of the ledger, Danny Frisella and Gary Gentry for Felix Millan and George Stone, Stone would go 12-3 and was a huge part of the 1973 NL championship team.I am still convinced that if Yogi Berra pitched Stone in game 6 and then had a rested Tom Seaver for Game 7 , the Mets would have been champs in 73.

Pat Zachary

Despite having to deal with pressure because he was part of the Tom Seaver Trade Pat's first three seasons with the Mets were pretty good as we went 22-13 in his first 3 seasons with the Mets,plus loved the way Murph used to refer to him as the lanky righty rom Waco, Texas.Lastly loved the guys intensity which at times derailed him, never more so then in 1978 when Pat was off to a great , he gave up a hit to Pete Rose, which extended Rose's hitting streak to a then-record tying 38 straight games. Pat was taken out of the game and In frustration, as he entered the dugout, he tried to kick a helmet on the concrete steps, missed and broke his foot, ending his season.

Jeff Innis

The Mets record when Jeff started a game was perfect to bad he only started one game for the Mets, he was however an innings eater, and had he been on good teams his place in Met history might be different. For three straight seasons he lead the Mets in appearances in 288 games he pitched to a 3.05 era, that would be worth millions today,he also holds 2 unique distinctions 1) in 1991, Jeff became the first pitcher in baseball history to appear in at least 60 games without recording a win or a save. 2) Gave up the first spring training hit to White Sox OF Michael Jordan.

Al Moran

Dick Rusteck

Jerry Hinsley

Bill Short

Brent Strom

George Stone

Pat Zachry

Calvin Schiraldi

Randy Niemann

Jeff Innis

Eric Gunderson

Dave Telgheder

Mike Fyhrie

Armando Reynoso

Ryan McGuire

C. J. Nitkowski

Tony Tarasco

Jae Seo

Braden Looper

Brian Bannister

Ambiorix Burgos

Robinson Cancel

Tim Byrdak

Bartolo Colon

By: Mark Rosenman

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