NY Mets Old Timer's Day Candidate: Steve Trachsel
Steve Trachsel, also known as "The Human Rain Delay, would often frustrate fans as much as opposing hitters due to how long it would take him to throw a pitch. In at least one instance during a game at Shea Stadium, Trachsel took so long to throw that a group of fans began chanting "Throw the ball!"
Despite the fact he would often drive his own team's fans insane, it's hard to argue Trachsel wouldn't get results. Trachsel was a work horse, with at least 164 innings pitched in five of his six seasons with the Mets, including eclipsing 200 innings in 2003 and 2004. Trachsel is one of four Mets to ever toss two one-hitters in a season, doing so against the Angels and Rockies on June 15 and Aug. 18, 2003. In the latter game, the only hit was a double by the opposing pitcher just over center fielder Timo Perez's head.
He compiled 66 wins with the team, winning at least 11 in all but one year. This included going 16-10 for the 66-95 2003 Mets and 15-8 for the 97-65 2006 Mets.
Trachsel would be a welcome addition to Old Timers' Day thanks in large part to his durability and dominance when he had his pitches working. But if he does come and ends up pitching, it may be a good idea to have the pitch clock running after each delivery for the sake of the fans.