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PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 15: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 15: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK – APRIL 9: Pitcher Tom Glavine #47 of the New York Mets winds back to pitch during the game against the Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium on April 9, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Tom Glavine

The Mets were often victimized by this former Cy Young winner who eventually joined the team. Tom Glavine won the award as a National League pitcher in 1991 and 1998. Both times he led the league with 20 victories, something he did a total of five times as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

Nearing the twilight of his career, Glavine became a free agent after the 2002 campaign. Set to embark on his age 37 campaign, his longtime rivals in New York decided to give him a shot to extend his career.

Glavine pitched poorly in 2003, going 9-14 with a 4.52 ERA. The next three seasons were much better, all of which included double-digit wins and an ERA of 3.82 or lower.

In those five seasons with the Mets, Glavine was an All-Star twice. His numbers included a record of 61-56 along with an ERA of 3.97.

Unfortunately, Glavine never got a chance to pitch for the Mets in the postseason. A big reason for this was his final start for the franchise.

With everything on the line in the final game of the season, Glavine needed to lead the Mets to victory against the Florida Marlins. Otherwise, the Philadelphia Phillies would capture the National League East.

Glavine put together one of the worst starts imaginable. He recorded only one out in the first inning and exited with seven earned runs. The loss eliminated the Mets from reaching the postseason. For many members of the Flushing Faithful, it’s this final appearance that left the most lasting impression.

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