Ron Hodges, former Mets catcher, has passed away at the age of 74. Howie Rose took to X/Twitter today to pay tribute to the longtime Met.
Very sad to learn today of the passing of longtime Mets catcher Ron Hodges at age 74. He played his entire 12 year career with the Mets, mostly backing up Jerry Grote and later John Stearns. A valuable call up when Grote was injured in 1973. Solid roster piece. LHH catcher. RIP.— Howie Rose (@HowieRose) November 24, 2023
Hodges, a career Met, made his MLB debut on June 13, 1973 and, despite having only been drafted the year prior, stuck on the roster for the rest of the season, even getting an at-bat in the 1973 World Series. Hodges, no relation to the former Met manager/Baseball Hall of Fame member Gil, served as a backup catcher for most of his career with the Mets, appearing in a career high 110 games in 1983, his penultimate professional season.
Hodges, over the course of his 12 year career, was a bridge between the Mets’ two golden eras, catching everyone from Jerry Koosman to Ron Darling. While not an offensive weapon, Hodges held his own for his position and era, with a career slash line of .240/.342/.322, good for 6.1 career bWAWR.
Our condolences go out to Hodges’s family, friends, and fans.