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"Bombo" Rivera

Bombo Rivera, he of the Expos, Twins and Royals from 1975 to 1982, never hit a walk-off home run, or for that matter, a walk-off anything that I'm aware of.

Rene Rivera, he currently of the New York ReplaceMets hit a walk-off home run on Monday to beat the Orioles, and boy was it ever a "Bombo" ...460 feet worth of walk-off. Anyone care to share on the longest Mets walk-off home runs they remember?

I didn't spend a lot of time surfing for minutiae on Rene Rivera, but I did find one nugget worth reporting.

If you lower the minimum standard to 50 plate appearances, Rivera's .396 batting average in 2005 (when he had exactly 50 plate appearances) ranks second-best in Mariners history. The best? That belongs to current Met Jeremy Reed, who hit .397 over 66 plate appearances in 1996.

True Metveras know...The last time Rene Rivera appeared in a walk-off win was September 25, 2006, against the Mariners. Rivera entered as a catcher in the top of the 10th inning and helped reliever J.J. Putz strike out the side, before Seattle won on Willie Bloomquist's walk-off single.

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