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Catchers Interference Minutiae

* In their illustrious history, the Mets have had 24 batters reach base via catchers interference. Claudio Vargas is the first since Shawn Green reached against the Giants on May 9, 2007.

* The last Mets pitcher to reach base via catchers interference is John Mitchell, against the Reds, July 19, 1987. It was a 6-5 walk-off win, by the way. That is the only time in Mets history that they've had a walk-off win and benefited from a catchers interference call in the same game.

Pitchers to reach on catchers interference
Mets History

Claudio Vargas 2008
John Mitchell 1987
Bob Apodaca 1977
George Stone 1973
>> Mets are 4-0 all-time when a pitcher reaches via catchers interference

* The Mets club record for reaching via catchers interference is shared by Mike Phillips and Chico Walker, 3 times apiece. Rich Becker is the only other multi-reacher, with two.

* John Stearns is the only Mets catcher to reach base on catchers interference, June 13, 1977, against the Braves.

* The Mets are now 12-12 all-time in games in which a Met reaches base via catchers interference. From 1991 to 2004, they had a stretch in which they lost 8 of 9 games in which that happened, but they've now won their last two since then.

* The Mets have been called for catchers interference 48 times, but none since August 5, 2004 against the Brewers (Craig Counsell batting, Vance Wilson catching).

* The Binghamton Mets lost a game on walk-off catchers interference last year, the only occurrence I know of in which that's happened, in baseball.

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2007/06/first-time-for-everything.html

Those Mets fans truly interfered with know...Joe Torre might recall that he once reached on catchers interference against the Mets in the 20th inning of an eventual 25-inning Cardinals win against the Mets, September 11, 1974.

Comments

cdorso said…
I believe those two catcher's interference calls were the only times Rich Becker reached base as a Met. I believe he struck out in every other plate appearance.

(Or maybe it just seemed that way...)
SS said…
Truly amazing. How do you come up with this stuff?!

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