Jerry Blevins announced his retirement on Twitter earlier today. Blevins, a 13-year MLB veteran, was back with the Mets on a minor league deal this spring, and was most recently assigned to the Mets’ alternate site in Brooklyn. Blevins also pitched for the A’s, Nationals, and Braves over the course of his career.
Blevins came to the Mets before the 2015 season, and instantly endeared himself to Amazin’ Avenue fans by selecting a Twitter avatar drawn by our own Green Man. Blevins was solid for the Mets over his 3 seasons, putting up 2.6 bWAR while on the club. Blevins endeared himself to Mets fans by being legitimately funny on Twitter, his great Players Weekend nicknames (Gordo and Jer-ry Jer-ry Jer-ry), and his occasional SNY pregame segment, “Hello Jerry.”
Blevins did not pitch in 2020, but did get some work on SNY as an analyst. When he signed with the Mets this offseason, he was a long shot to make the team, mostly due to the three-batter rule limiting the usefulness of a LOOGY. While Blevins had more success against righties than many left-handed relievers, it wasn’t enough to get him to Queens this season.
We hope that SNY brings Blevins home, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.