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NY Mets Retirements: 3 ex-Amazins who hung up their cleats in 2021

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: Jay Bruce #19 and Neil Walker #20 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 4-1 during a game at Yankee Stadium on August 4, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: Jay Bruce #19 and Neil Walker #20 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 4-1 during a game at Yankee Stadium on August 4, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 05: Jerry Blevins #39 of the New York Mets in action against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 5, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves defeated the Mets 5-4 after ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Former Mets reliever Jerry Blevins retired on April 27

The amount of love there is between Jerry Blevins from the fans is immense. Even greater might be the sum of the love he gives right back. There’s something about Jerry.

Blevins spent four seasons with the Mets from 2015-2018 where he pitched 219 games, 138.2 innings, and put together a 3.38 ERA. One of the last of the lefty specialists, MLB’s three-batter minimum rule spit in the face of everything he did so well.

When a lefty came up in the lineup, you knew Blevins was about to come into the game. This was often the case throughout his big league career. He had a role to play and it was done to perfection.

After last pitching for the Mets in 2018, Blevins signed with the Oakland Athletics in 2019. After a few minor league appearances, he was purchased by the Atlanta Braves. He would pitch 32.1 innings for them across 45 games while delivering a 3.90 ERA.

His intentions for 2020 were to pitch for the San Francisco Giants but the wiped out minor league season stole his chance of winning his way back to the big leagues. The Mets brought him back with a chance to earn a bullpen spot for the 2021 campaign. While he didn’t earn an Opening Day roster spot, Blevins did accept a minor league assignment. However, before the year even began, he retired.

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Like Walker, Blevins isn’t going away quietly. He is active and interactive on social media. In 2020, you could find him on SNY. There’s a future in broadcasting for him somewhere. As a seemingly fun and happy guy, he’ll continue to get and give love to the Mets fan for many more years.

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