The fact that despite his illness Stearns was able to will himself enough to attend last month’s Old-Timer’s Day festivities showed you what kind of dude/player he was. RIP.
Gerald Williams, who had two stints with the Yankees, has died after a fight with cancer, Derek Jeter announced. He was 55. Williams was drafted by the Yankees in 1987 and made his debut in pinstripes in 1992. The outfielder played five seasons in the Bronx before being traded to the Brewers during the 1996 season. Williams returned in 2001 and played parts of two more seasons for the Yankees.
“Gerald Williams passed away this morning after a battle with cancer,” Jeter said in a statement on The Players’ Tribune Twitter account.
A Met at the tailor end of his career, what I remember most about Williams was that great catch he made in centerfield during the 2nd inning of Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter in 1996 while a Yankee. RIP.
Former New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano, who pitched so often he earned the nickname Perpetual Pedro, has died. He was 45.
Friends and former teammates told the Mets that Feliciano was found dead in his sleep Monday at home in Puerto Rico.
The left-hander led the majors in appearances for three straight years, pitching 86 games in 2008, 88 in 2009 and a whopping 92 times in 2010.
“I never had to look down to the bullpen to see if Pedro was ready. He was always on call and never said no. I know some days he was tired, but he always took the ball,” former Mets manager Willie Randolph said in a statement.
Feliciano was 22-21 with four saves and a 3.33 ERA in a nine-year career, spent entirely with the Mets, that stretched from 2002 to ’13. He pitched 484 games overall, second most on the Mets’ list behind John Franco’s 695, and worked a total of 383 2/3 innings.
In the days of left-handed pitching specialists, Feliciano was one of the best. RIP.
I can still remember how excited I was when the Mets got Seaver back in 1983 and how weird it was to see him in the dugout during the ’86 World Series as a Red Sox. 3 Cy Young’s, a World Series ring, a no-hitter, 300-plus wins, lifetime ERA less than 3.00, Mets and Yankees broadcaster, a successful career after baseball with his vineyard in California and beloved by family, friends and of course Mets fans like me. He earned his Franchise nickname. RIP to the greatest Met ever.
Bill Buckner was much more than Game 6 and it wasn’t his fault (Dave Stapleton should’ve been playing 1st and as many foregt, there was a Game 7) the Red Sox lost the ’86 World Series. Buckner was a batting champ, an All-Star and had a long and distinguished career. Still, it was a good thing that he and Red Sox fans were able to reconcile before he passed and how awesome was it for Larry David to show Buckner’s ‘true spirit’ in that infamous Curb Your Enthusiasm episode years back.
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The ’86 Mets starting rotation that Mel coached was arguably the best in the team’s history. RIP.