Time to dip into the folder of Mets autograph scans I haven’t gotten around to posting yet:

Shawn Green 1999 Topps autograph insert card

Shawn Green 1999 Topps autograph insert card

Shawn Green had a 15-year major league career and was an All-Star for both the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers. Acquired in a late-season trade in 2006, Green appeared in the playoffs for the 2006 Mets. He finished his baseball career with the Mets in 2007. I remember Green didn’t play because of Yom Kippur in 2006, and I remember he frequently lost his cap while pursuing fly balls in the outfield… but I can’t really recall much else about Green’s Mets tenure.

Lenny-Harris

Signed Lenny Harris 1991 Upper Deck card

Lenny Harris spent 18 years in the majors, from 1988-2005. He played for eight teams, including the New York Mets in 1998, 2000 and 2001. While with the Mets in 2001, Harris broke Manny Mota‘s career pinch hits record. I remember the countdown until Harris passed Mota’s hit total, because that was one of the few things of interest surrounding the Mets during the final days of the 2001 season.

What do you recall about Shawn Green and Lenny Harris?

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I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

One response

  1. Will in Central NJ says:

    I never met, or otherwise got the autographs of Harris or Green. I’m sure they’re decent guys.

    I don’t have any particular memories about Lenny Harris, other than that he had two separate productive stints with the Mets as a pinch hitter.

    Shawn Green, however, will always remain in my mind as one of a couple of culprits who gift-wrapped 2006 NLCS game 2 as a win to the Cardinals. I was at Shea for that one as Green let a ball go ‘clank’ off of his mitt in the RF corner, in the late innings. It allowed the Cards to come from behind and win that game, giving them a crucial split on the road, and a path to eventually win the NLCS and the World Series.

    Carlos Beltran is the popular scapegoat for that NLCS defeat, but in my opinion, fans in the know are aware that Billy Wagner, Shawn Green, Steve Trachsel and one or two other Mets are more responsible for that series loss than Beltran was (3 HR, 4 RBI, .296 BA, and a superb 1.054 OPS).

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