— Days Without Shea —

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The good people of Metsmerized Online published this sobering query: Where have all the Shea Stadium players gone?

With the recent departures of Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan and even Nick Evans, the Mets roster now contains only six guys who played in the blessed ballpark.

Can you name those six old timers? I'll wait.

Still thinking?

OK here is the answer from Metsmerized:

The current longest tenured Met, David Wright, played his first five seasons at Shea.  Meanwhile, Mike Pelfrey came aboard for cups of coffee in 2006 and 2007, followed by his first full season during Shea's last year.

The short list of Shea players also includes Johan Santana, Daniel Murphy, Jonathon Niese and Bobby Parnell.  All four made it just in time for Shea's farewell season, but only Santana was on the team for the entire season.  Murphy played his first game at Shea in August 2008, while Niese waited until mid-September and Parnell almost didn't make it in time, not appearing in a game at Shea until the ballpark's final homestand.

Three years after shutting down Shea Stadium, the Mets only have six links back to their roots. In contrast, the Dodgers still had five former Brooklyn residents on their LA roster nine years after moving west. Good job, Wilpons.


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