This Date In Mets History:
1998: Potential free-agent all-star catcher Mike Piazza signs the most lucrative contract in major league history when he agrees to terms with the Mets. The seven-year deal is worth over $91 million and includes having a suite on road trips and a luxury box for home games at Shea.
2000: In Game 5 at Shea Stadium, the Yankees win their third consecutive World Series, the fourth title in five years and record 26th championship by defeating the Mets, 4-2. Luis Sojo's ninth inning two-out, tie-breaking single off starter Al Leiter is the decisive hit.
2005: Bobby Valentine becomes the first foreign manager to win the Japan Series in the 70-year history of Japanese baseball. Sweeping the Hanshin Tigers, the former Rangers and Mets skipper lead the Chiba Lotte Marines to their first league championship in 31 years.
New York Mets traded Dwight Bernard to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mark Bomback on October 26, 1979.
New York Mets traded Wally Whitehurst, D. J. Dozier and Raul Casanova to the San Diego Padres for Tony Fernandez on October 26, 1992.
Carlos Baerga granted free agency on October 26, 1998.