This Date in Mets History: March 15 - Ignore the Ides of March

Chris McShane

March 15 was a deadly day for Caesar, but it's a dead quiet one for the New York Mets. Though it could gain notoriety as the day Michael Fulmer was born sooner versus later.

Unlike Julius Caesar, the Mets must be wary of the Ides of March, as today's one of the less eventful days in team history. No newsworthy events have occurred, no transactions completed, and no one with a March 15 birthday has appeared in a regular season game for the Mets...yet.

Young Michael Fulmer could change that, though. Ranked as the fourth-best minor leaguer in the organization according to Amazin' Avenue's resident prospect guru Rob Castellano, Fulmer turns 20 years old today. He'll be spending this birthday recuperating from minor knee surgery, as he underwent a procedure to repair a torn meniscus earlier this week. Once healthy, look for Fulmer to join fellow hard-throwing 20-year old Noah Syndergaard in the rotation for St. Lucie.

Game of Note
South Korea teed off against Mexican pitching on March 15 during the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Any Mets fans who happened to be watching the game would have seen a hideous vision of things to come and an unpleasant reminder of 2008's darker days as Oliver Perez, Elmer Dessens, and Luis Ayala combined to allow more than half of all the runs South Korea would score in the 8-2 triumph. On the offensive side of things, future Mets Scott Hairston and Rod Barajas took their hacks, but came up empty, aside from a third inning single for Hairston.

Amazin'-ly Tenuous Connection
As mentioned in the top, today is the Ides of March. Just over 2,000 years ago, Julius Caesar met his end in the Roman Senate, stabbed to death by an angry cabal of aristocrats who believed the general was amassing too much power. The Mets have employed two Caesars in their history: infielders Luis Alvarado and Julio Franco, who each have a middle name of Cesar. Neither abused their power too much, though. While Franco became the oldest man in baseball history hit a home run during his New York tenure, he only slugged .344 in 240 Met plate appearances. Alvarado, meanwhile, went hitless in his only two at-bats as a Met.

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