Ya Gotta Believe 40th Anniversary Player Profile: Ray Sadecki

By Rich Sparago

This week’s tribute to the 1973 Mets focuses on pitcher Ray Sadecki. Sadecki originally was a starting pitcher when he came up in 1960 with the Cardinals, and by 1973, was primarily used in relief. Sadecki was a left-handed pitcher who did not throw hard, but was very tough on left-handed hitters, performing the role now referred to as “LOOGY”.

Aug 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baseball bats ready for use rest in the Colorado Rockies dugout before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sadecki spent 19 years in the major leagues, with the Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Royals, Braves, and Brewers. His career numbers are quite average, having posted a 135-131 record, with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He struck out 1,614 hitters while walking 922. In the 1973 season, Sadecki went 5-4 in 31 appearances, 20 of which were in relief. He did not pitch in the LCS against the Reds, but pitched in 4 games of the World Series against Oakland, posting an 0-1 record over 4.2 innings pitched.

The Mets acquired Sadecki from the San Francisco Giants in 1969, along with Dave Marshall, for Jim Gosger and Bob Heise. After the 1974 season, the Mets traded Sadecki and Tommy Moore to the Cardinals for Joe Torre. It was to be Sadecki’s second tour of duty with St. Louis. Sadecki would later have a brief second go-round with the Mets in 1977. He was signed as a free agent before the 1977 season, but released on May 2 of that season. That was the end of Sadecki’s career.

Ray Sadecki is now 72 years old. He has not been seen much around the team since he retired. However, Sadecki was a valuable piece of the 1973 pennant-winners, performing both a starting and relief role. Here’s a Rising Apple hat-tip to pitcher, Ray Sadecki.

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