5 former Mets players who are immaculate grid cheat codes

Remember these ex-Mets the next time you play immaculate grid.

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Immaculate grid gets us through long commutes, boring meetings, and lonely nights. If you think you know baseball, it’s a must to play each day. A good strategy is to try and focus on players you know have played for your team and work your way outward. For example, you might know more about the New York Mets than any other club. Even if the Mets aren’t appearing on the grid itself, seeing the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Guardians might spark your memory enough to remember how Oliver Perez reinvented himself in Cleveland. He also spent some time in Pittsburgh.

Perez isn’t nearly the best Mets-related cheat code out there. These five players are much better to keep in your back pocket. The hard part is remembering some of their other pit stops along the way.

Former NY Mets pitcher Octavio Dotel is a master immaculate grid answer

Only Edwin Jackson has played for more franchises than Octavio Dotel. In his MLB career, Dotel represented 13 different teams. It all began with the Mets in 1999. A whole generation never saw him play so he’ll likely get passed over from those looking for easy answers from active immaculate grid players.

Dotel is an answer for any of these teams: New York Mets, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox. Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays

Former NY Mets pitcher Rich Hill is everyone’s favorite immaculate grid answer

Rich Hill spent a couple of months with the Mets in 2021 and is the preferred choice of immaculate grid answer. He, too, pitched for 13 teams. A trade this summer tied him for second-place in MLB history with Dotel for the most franchises played for. Not quite as good of an answer due to being a present day pitcher, he can still help bail you out.

Hill is an answer for these teams: New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Guardians, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles

Former NY Mets pitcher Miguel Batista is your new favorite immaculate grid answer

Who else doesn’t recall Miguel Batista’s time with the Mets? He pitched his first MLB game in 1992. His last took place in 2012. He ended up appearing in 30.2 innings for the Mets in 2011 and another 46.2 in 2012 before finishing his career with the Braves. A sneaky answer, he’s someone to study closely the next time you play.

Batista is an answer for these teams: New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins

Former NY Mets pitcher Bruce Chen is a little more memorable yet a great answer nonetheless

Bruce Chen may only be more memorable for the Mets because he came to the organization in a rare trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. It was the same deal that sent Turk Wendell to Philadelphia. He’d spend parts of two seasons with the Mets. His career included innings with 11 different teams.

Chen is an answer for these teams: New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Guardians, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros

Former NY Mets pitcher Rick White is another trade deadline addition helping you in immaculate grid

A few other Mets players appeared in games for 11 total teams, but it’s Rick White who might be the best answer of the remaining candidates. Todd Zeile might not give you the same rarity score. A journeyman reliever like White, on the other hand, might. He pitched for the Mets in 2000 and 2001.

White is an answer for these teams: New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Guardians, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox