You forgot Heath Hembree played for the NY Mets last year
Heath Hembree was on the 2021 Mets? A well-known name and seasoned big league reliever for many years, he somehow got into 15 games for the Mets last season. He was even pretty good—pitching to a 3.45 ERA in 15.2 innings of work. Hembree even picked up a save. How did we forget all about him?
Hembree joined the Mets on August 20 when he was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. By this point, the Mets were looking less likely to make it to the postseason.
What’s most surprising about Hembree’s stint with the Mets is that he only gave up runs in three of his appearances. One was a beating from the St. Louis Cardinals in mid-September when they scored three times against him in only 0.2 innings.
Forgetting about Hembree is likely due to the fact that it was already September when he pitched the bulk of his games. At that point, the Mets were fighting for a whole lot less. For as well as he did perform for the Mets, Hembree was mostly used in games where they team was trailing already.
Often, the most valuable baseball cards are the rarest of them. If there’s a cardboard square out there with Hembree in a Mets cap, you might have a goldmine in your closet—or probably not.