The Say Hey Kid.


The Say Hey Kid.

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With Alex Rodriguez’s benching by manager Joe Girardi for today’s fifth game of the ALDS against the Orioles, he finds himself connected to Hall of Famer Willie Mays - but not in a way A-Rod would want.

The only other time that a player with more than 600 home runs did not start a playoff game was Game 2 of the 1973 World Series when Mays, in his last season as a ballplayer, was not in the lineup for the Mets against the Oakland A’s. (He would pinch run for Rusty Staub in the 9th. The game would go 12 and Mays would end up 1-2 with an RBI and run scored.)

Random note: Mays final major league at-bat was in Game 4 of the World Series when he pinch hit for reliever Tug McGraw (then of Mets, best known as a Phillie) in the 10th inning. Mays grounded into a fielder’s choice.


A-Rod, copyright Elsa/Getty Images and courtesy

The Say Hey Kid, courtesy

Richie Ashburn - 1962

Duke Snider - 1963

Warren Spahn - 1965

Willie Mays - 1972-1973

Eddie Murray - 1992-1993

Rickey Henderson - 1999-2000

I’m not saying that you can lock up the Hall of Fame by playing for the Mets near the end of your career, but…

(Ashburn photo courtesy of; Snider photo courtesy of; Spahn photo courtesy of; Mays photo courtesy of; Murray photo courtesy of; Henderson photo courtesy of

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