I just finished reading Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life by Bill Madden. It was a throughly enjoyable book. As a life long Mets fan, I spent my childhood watching Tom Seaver pitch. Much of the book covers familiar ground in Mets history. But it was all brought to life again with Madden’s frequent use of quotations, both historical and contemporary.
You find out what was said on the field and in the dugout during those iconic moments like the near perfect game, those magical ‘69 September games, and of course the celebration after the Miracle Mets won the World Series.
I most enjoyed the small personal details, like how a live bat flew into the Seaver home the night before he won his 300th game. Or the mouse race Tom organized in the hotel hallway while he was still in high school. There’s even the story of how Seaver got his nickname “The Franchise”. The last chapter, depicting his final health battle with dementia, was sad but enlightening.
After playing in the big leagues since 2005 at the age of 22, how much is Robinson Cano worth? I mean Cano’s net worth, not his baseball value. Let’s see how rich Robinson Cano really is.
Robinson Cano has a current net worth of $110 million. This estimate is based on the money Cano has made playing second base in Major League Baseball for 15 years. The second baseman is known for his smooth, lefty-swing, and made his MLB debut in 2005.
Robinson Cano has earned over $200,688,000 so far during his baseball career. The New York Yankees signed Cano in 2001 for a $150,000 signing bonus. Cano signed a 10 year, $240,000,000 contract with the Seattle Mariners before the 2014 season. The Mets acquired Robinson before the 2019 season and took on the remaining 5 years of the 36-year-old’s contract.
Robinson Cano was scheduled to receive $24,000,000 for the 2020 season. Due to the pandemic, salaries were prorated based on the reduced number of games played. Cano’s 2020 salary will be $7,500,000.
Robinson Cano’s Home
Cano has a mansion on a plush golf course in Juan Dolio, a gated community west of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. Among his cars, there is a Ferrari, an Escalade, and a blue Porsche Cayenne SUV.
While in the United States, Cano’s cars include a Lamborghini Urus and a new Rolls-Royce Cullinan. He also has substantial jewelry and sneaker collections.
Cano is in the 6th year of a 10 year, $240 million contract. He is current 37 years old and the contract runs through the 2023 season when Robinson will be 40 years old.
Robinson Cano is represented by Roc Nation Sports. Previously his agents were Scott Boras, Bobby Barad, Joe Rosario, and Peter Vescovo. In 2013, then agent, and now Mets general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen negotiated Cano’s $240 million, 10-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.
It’s June 23, 2007, and Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca gets ejected for arguing a strike call. Lo Duca’s nickname is “Captain Red Ass”, and he shows why to home plate umpire, Marvin Hudson.
It’s the bottom of the 6th inning at Shea Stadium in a tense, scoreless tie between the Mets and Oakland A’s. Lo Duca is batting with two runners on base. He takes a low, inside pitch that Hudson calls a strike, making the count 0-2.
Paul immediately walks back to the umpire, yelling loudly and gesturing with his hands. Lo Duca then walks away, up the third-base line. He appears to calm himself down and starts to get into the batter’s box. But he says one more thing and that’s when the umpire ejects him.
Which sends Lo Duca into a rage. With his eyes bulging with anger, Lo Duca screams at Hudson. Manager Willie Randolph tries to get between them before coach Howard Johnson finally comes over to help.
Crew chief Ed Montague comes over from first base and escorts Lo Duca to the Mets dugout. But Paul’s not done. He starts throwing his catcher’s equipment onto the field – shin guards, chest protector, helmet, even a couple of bats. The fans start to chant his name “Paul Lo Duca! Paul Lo Duca!”
The Mets win the game 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th on a walk-off double by David Wright that scored Ramon Castro. Castro had replaced the ejected Lo Duca. After the game, Lo Duca said he was mad because the umpire had called the same pitch a ball for his pitcher, Orlando Hernandez.
“I’ve got a good Italian temper in me. I get along with Marvin. It’s one of those things. Obviously, it’s my fault for snapping. I was a little bit upset. I swear to my mother I didn’t cuss at him one time. That’s what upset me. I had already turned my back. I told him, ‘Let’s go,’ and I got thrown out of the game. I’ve said a lot worse in my life and never got thrown out. Obviously I started it, but I felt like he came after me a little bit, too. Obviously, I overreacted. I called my ex-wife. Hopefully, my daughter wasn’t watching. I didn’t realize my eyes looked like that”.
Lo Duca did end up getting suspended two games and fined $2,000. It was the first suspension of his career. Later in the week, the Mets held Paul Lo Duca bobblehead day. It was sponsored by spicy Gold’s Horseradish.
It’s April 18, 2003, and the Mets Ty Wigginton slams into Marlins catcher Mike Redmond at home plate. Wigginton is trying to score on Jason Phillips‘ fielders-choice but is thrown out after a violent collision at home.
It happened with the Mets batting in the bottom of the 6th, trailing 3-2. Ty Wigginton, playing third base, reaches on an error to lead off the inning. Phillips then pinch hits for Al Leiter. Pitching for the Marlins is Michael Tejera in relief for Mark Redman.
Obviously, this was before MLB changed the rule about collisions with catchers at the plate. Wigginton would go on to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th with a single driving in Cliff Floyd.
The Mets win the game 6-3 after Tony Clark, yes that Tony Clark, hits a 3-run homer in the 8th. It was his first career pinch-hit homer. Tony, who was a switch-hitter, couldn’t find his left-handed batting helmet and wore teammate Jeromy Burnitz‘s helmet during the at-bat.
Clark was pinch-hitting for Mets shortstop Rey Sanchez. Jose Reyes wouldn’t make his Mets debut until June 10th. The Marlins went on to win the 2003 World Series.
Mets players doing TV commercials is nothing new. Whether it’s a BMW commercial featuring Michael Conforto or a Jaguar commercial with Brandon Nimmo. Back in the second half of the 1980s, Gary Carter commercials were a common occurrence.
Even original Mets player Marv Throneberry once appeared in a Miller Lite beer commercial. After doing the commercial, one writer kept repeatedly stating that Throneberry’s costars were some of the all-time great players. While Marv wasn’t. Finally, he had enough and asked the guy “Are you the greatest writer who ever was?”.
Acquiring Gary Carter before the 1985 season was seen as the final piece for the Mets’ quest to win it all. A future Hall of Famer, the veteran catcher seemed made to play in New York.
Sometimes derisively referred to as “Camera Carter” by his teammates. Carter enjoyed the media spotlight. Today it would be said that he promoted his brand well.
You might remember this. It was the elimination game of the 2015 NLDS. The Mets were in LA facing the Dodgers. Daniel Murphy advances from first base on a walk. At second base he takes off in a run and steals 3rd base!
Daniel Murphy is known for his bat, not his fielding or base running. Earlier in the season after a reckless mistake on the basepaths, David Wright joked about Murph’s base running.
“Sometimes it seems like he thinks he’s invisible out there on the bases. He’ll do something out there that makes you say, ‘What was he thinking?’”
But tonight will be different. It’s October 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. Zack Greinke is facing Jacob deGrom in Game 5 of the Division Series. DeGrom lacks command and allows two runs in the 1st. The Mets trail 2-1 in the top of the 4th inning.
Murphy is on first base when Lucas Duda draws a walk on a 3-1 pitch with one out. The Dodgers had a shift on with the lefty Duda at the plate. As Murphy casually trots to second base, he notices that no one on the sleeping Dodgers has moved back to cover 3rd base. So he suddenly takes off in a sprint, sliding safely into the bag! Murphy steals 3rd base on a walk!
Murphy’s heads up play pays off when Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud hits a sacrifice fly to score him and tie the game 2-2. Two innings later on a 3-2 pitch, Murphy hits a go-ahead solo homer into the right-field seats against Greinke.
On June 29, 2002, the Mets Roger Cedeno breaks for home during Yankee left-hander Ted Lilly‘s windup. Cedeno avoids the tag at home plate for a successful straight steal of home.
Among the quirky things that seem to happen during Subway series games is Roger Cedeno stealing home. Behind the pitching of Al Leiter, the Mets have a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium.
After two outs, Cedeno triples to centerfield off of Lilly. Mets third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo comes to the plate. Cedeno has never previously even tried stealing home and has no intention to try today.
But the Mets dugout is along the third base side and manager Bobby Valentine starts yelling “Go, go, go!”. Valentine notices that Lilly is taking his time with a full windup delivery instead of pitching from the stretch.
The other Mets players think he just wants Cedeno to decoy and distract Lilly into balking.
“He likes that play. Break hard, make the pitcher think he’s stealing home plate, and maybe make the wrong move and get the balk. I saw him take off. It surprised me.”
“I can recognize his voice. He just kept shouting, ‘Go, go, go!’ I looked into the dugout and made a face like, ‘Are you sure?’ You don’t want to be wrong about a thing like that.”
Cedeno dashes for home as soon as Lilly begins his delivery. Yankees catcher Alberto Castillo briefly fumbles the ball. But he has it way before Cedeno arrives. But Castillo is off balance and his tag is high, allowing Cedeno’s feet to slide under his glove.
It’s the Mets first steal of home since catcher Todd Hundley did it on the back end of a double steal on June 16, 1997. That was also against the Yankees. It was the Mets’ first straight steal of home since Tommie Agee did it against the Cubs on July 31, 1971.
“You don’t see it much because very few pitchers wind up anymore with a runner at third, which used to be commonplace. I just yelled ‘go’ because I wanted him to come down the line. His options are to keep coming or stop if the pitcher speeds up. Fortunately, he was able to make it.”
“That was my fault. I was asleep at the switch. I should have told him to pitch from the stretch. The pitcher doesn’t have to think of things. We’re the observers in the dugout.”
Watch as Tom Seaver throws a perfect strike to Mike Piazza for the ceremonial first pitch in Citi Field’s first Opening Day. On Monday night, April 13, 2009, the New York Mets held Citi Field’s inaugural opening day. In the new stadium’s first regular game, the Mets faced off against the Padres in front of a crowd of 41,007.
However, Luis Rodriguez starts the top of the 6th by reaching on a three-base error by Mets right fielder Ryan Church. Then with two outs and David Eckstein at-bat, Pedro Feliciano commits a balk allowing Rodriguez to score what would become the winning run. The Mets lose 6-5.
On September 22, 1988 the New York Mets clinch their second division title in three years. Ron Darling tosses a complete game 6-hitter in the 3-1 win over the Phillies at Shea Stadium. The Mets finish the regular season with a 100-60 record, the second-best in franchise history.
Watch Gary Carter punch Keith Hernandez (accidentally) in the face! It’s at the beginning of the on-the-field celebration of winning the NL East. Mets Pitcher Ron Darling gets a strikeout for the last out. Hernandez and Carter both rush to the mound at the same time, with Keith coming in behind Darling. As Carter embraces Darling, his glove smacks Hernandez right in the face, almost knocking his cap off!
The pregame ceremony was attended by a packed crowd and included former players and team officials. When it’s his turn to speak, Seaver chooses a unique and classy way to thank the fans. He runs out to the mound and bows to the fans in each section of the stadium.
Seaver was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.
The Mets opponents on “Tom Seaver Day” were the Braves. The team that had originally selected Seaver before having to forfeit their rights to him for violating MLB rules. Another amazing coincidence is that the Braves starting pitcher that game, making his MLB debut, was future Hall of Famer John Smoltz!