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Mets to Honor Ralph Kiner with Patch and Ceremony

By Danny Abriano

The Mets today announced details regarding how they plan to honor the late Ralph Kiner during the 2014 season.

Along with a ceremony on opening day in Kiner’s honor (featuring a logo on the left field wall), the club will wear a patch on their right uniform sleeve all season long to recognize the life of the Hall of Famer and broadcasting legend.

The patch is a black circle that has “Ralph Kiner” at the top, “1922 – 2014” at the bottom, and a microphone in the middle.

Kiner, who was planning to call more games in 2014 than he did in 2013, passed away on February 6th at the age of 91.

After a Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kiner broadcasted games for the White Sox in 1961 before joining the Mets in 1962 along with Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy.

Kiner endeared himself to Mets fans with his wealth of knowledge, stories from his playing days (both on and off the field), and his always amusing malapropisms.  He was as much a part of the franchise as the colors orange and blue.

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