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Former Mets catcher Ron Hodges, dead at 74

We’ve lost a career Met.

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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.

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.