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Nick Evans is the Greatest Met of All Time

Flash forward to 3 weeks from now when the callers from WFAN are wondering why Nick Evans (hitting .250) isn't getting more playing time. They can use this for justification.

* Nick Evans is the first Met with 3 doubles in his MLB debut. The only other player in the Mets era (since 1962) with 3 doubles in his MLB debut was Ben Grieve (son of former Met Tom Grieve) for the 1997 Athletics.

* The only other Met with 3 extra-base hits in his MLB debut: Kaz (ugh) Matsui in 2004 (2 doubles and a home run).

* Nick Evans tied a team record by getting 3 doubles in a game. It's the 24th time that a Met has had 3 doubles in a game. Carlos Beltran, the last Met to have 3 doubles (April 2, 2008 at Marlins) is the only player to do it twice for the Mets. Evans has 2 other teammates who have had 3 doubles in a game for the Mets- David Wright and Jose Reyes.

* Nick Evans, Kaz Matsui, and Preston Wilson (1998) are the only 3 players with a 3-hit MLB debut for the Mets.

* Nick Evans is the 10th Met with a multi-RBI game in his Mets debut. The team record is 3, shared by Mike Jacobs and Kaz Matsui. The others with 2 are Victor Diaz, Kelly Stinnett, Len Dykstra, Mike Fitzgerald, Wally Backman, Dave Schneck and Ken Boswell.

* If Nick Evans never played again, he'd hold the Mets all-time record for highest career batting average (minimum 4 career plate appearances), with a .750. The current record of .500 is shared by 4 pitchers: Bobby "Lefty" Jones, Greg McMichael, Billy Connors, and Gerry Arrigo. Arrigo should technically lead that group, since he had the most hits (5).

* Furthering that point, if Nick Evans never played again, he'd be tied for the 3rd-highest batting average in MLB history (minimum 4 plate appearances) behind John Pacioreck (3-for-3, 2 walks against the 1963 Mets) and Ray Jansen (4-for-5 for 1910 St. Louis Browns).

* This was placed in my most recent post, albeit last-minute, so it bears repeating: Nick Evans is the ideal player from this website's perspective. He has both of Binghamton's walk-off hits this season. He singled in the winning run to beat the Trenton Thunder on April 21 and singled in the winning run in the 12th inning to beat the New Britain Rock Cats on May 15. (Thanks to Binghamton play-by-play broadcaster Rob Ford for the info.)

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