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UnforMETable, Episode 31: Bill Pecota

Before he was an acronym, the utility infielder was a member of a Mets team immortalized as “The Worst Team Money Could Buy.”

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Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure Mets players from the past.

Before Nate Silver borrowed his last name as an acronym for his baseball projection system, Bill Pecota was the quintessential utility player. He moved between AAA and the majors for the Royals so often, his teammates nicknamed him “I-29” after the interstate between Omaha and Kansas City.

Pecota was coming off a career year in 1991, when the Mets were looking to salvage some last glory days out of a 1980s near-dynasty running on fumes. He came to the Mets as a piece in a huge trade for Bret Saberhagen and—like the Mets franchise—had an incredibly disappointing 1992 season. Though he did manage to make a footnote in Mets history as the first position player to ever toe the rubber.

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