On this date in Mets History
1972: Mets signed back-up catcher and pinch hitter Ron Hodges - drafted in second round.
- Hodges was primarily a back-up catcher and pinch hitter who swung from the left side.
- Played his most games in a season, 110, at age 34 in 1983.
- Had his contract bought out by the Mets on October 31, 1984
- Drafted by the Mets in the second round of 1984 Amateur Draft.
- After shoulder injuries, he was granted Free Agency on December 19, 1992
- Released by LA May 17, 1993
- Signed with Florida Marlins May 22, 1993 and was released on June 4th
- Spent time with teams after Florida: San Diego, NY Yankess, KC Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers (2X), Pirates, and returned to LA Dodgers before retiring in 2000.
- Clark was a stand-up likable character during his short time in Flushing.
- Hit 16 HR's in 280 AB's in his sole season (2003) with the Mets.
- Valent played 130 games with the Mets in 2004, and put up some decent #'s: Hit 13 HR's in 270 AB's, hit .267, and knocked in 34 Runs
- Was released by the Padres on May 14, 2006. Never played in pros again.
- Redding had one miserable season with the Mets (2009) where he went 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA. He split his time (30 games) between starting (17) and games relieved (13). Redding didn't play after the 2009 season with the Mets.
- Spent the 2000 season in the minors with both the Yankees and Rockies.