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5 underrated candidates for Mets Old Timer's Day

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1969 Mets catcher Jerry Grote is one of many Mets who deserves an invite to Old Timers' Day.
1969 Mets catcher Jerry Grote is one of many Mets who deserves an invite to Old Timers' Day. / Jared Wickerham/GettyImages
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Jerry Blevins quickly became a fan-favorite during his four seasons with the Mets. / Elsa/GettyImages

NY Mets Old Timer's Day Candidate: Jerry Blevins

Acquired shortly before the start of the 2015 season, Jerry Blevins made as good a first impression as possible on Mets fans. He didn't allow a single hit or walk in his first seven appearances. Unfortunately, those would be the only appearances for him on the season after a line drive off the bat of Dee Gordon on April 19 ended up hitting him in his pitching arm, resulting in a fractured forearm. While there was optimism Blevins would return later in the season, that went out the window when he reinjured the forearm slipping off a curb in August.

However, Blevins returned to dominating out of the bullpen in 2016, playing a key part in the team advancing to the Wild Card game. Blevins, alongside Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, formed a three-headed monster in the Mets bullpen that season. In 73 games, Blevins posted a 2.79 ERA and earned two saves.

He maintained his dominance the following season, posting a 2.94 ERA over 75 appearances. While all those appearances seemed to catch up to him during a rough 2018 season, there's no denying how big Blevins was during most of his time with the team.

Despite having initially been acquired to serve the role of a lefty specialist, Blevins showed the ability to get both lefties and righties out. He even held righties to a .182 batting average in 2016. Hopefully Mets fans will get to say "Hello Jerry" once more to Blevins when Old Timers' Day comes around on Aug. 27.

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