Ty Wigginton’s Collision at Home Plate

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.

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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.