I wrote this quick-hitter in an attempt to change the direction of the FanPosts. While perusing today's boxscores, I noticed Yvoni Gallardo pitched eight shutout innings and hit a solo home run to lead the Brewers to a 1-0 win over the Pirates. That's just awesome and I'll bet Gallardo was strutting around the clubhouse afterwards, with good reason. In light of this, here are some fun facts about Met pitchers who have hit home runs:
- Carl Willey was the first Met pitcher to hit a homer, in 1963.
- The legendary Tug McGraw went yard in 1971.
- Tom Seaver and three in 1972, and hit three for the Reds after being traded in 1977.
- Walt Terrell hit two in one game in 1982 off of Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins.
- Position players Desi Relaford, Matt Franco, Derek Bell, Todd Zeile, and Bill Pecota all hit home runs and pitched for the Mets.
- Mike Hampton has fifteen career homers, but didn't hit any for the 2000 Mets.
- John Maine was the most recent to homer, doing it on July 24, 2007 while pitching seven strong innings.
- Here's a complete list of Met pitchers and the number of homers they hit while wearing the blue and orange:
Pitcher Home Runs Dwight Gooden 7 Tom Seaver 6 Walt Terrell 3 Don Cardwell 3 Rick Aguilera 3 Rick Reed 2 Jerry Koosman 2 Jason Isringhausen 2 Ron Darling 2 Paul Wilson 1 Carl Willey 1 Steve Trachsel 1 Craig Swan 1 Armando Reynoso 1 Tug McGraw 1 John Maine 1 Skip Lockwood 1 Tim Leary 1 Bobby Jones 1 Al Jackson 1 Jack Hamilton 1 Sid Fernandez 1 Pete Falcone 1 Shawn Estes 1 Mark Clark 1