Noah Syndergaard

Noah Seth Syndergaard (born August 29, 1992), nicknamed Thor, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft and traded him to the Mets in 2012. Syndergaard made his MLB debut with the Mets on May 12, 2015. He was named an All-Star in 2016, and the Mets Opening Day starting pitcher in 2017 and 2018.

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Thor headshot
Syndergaard with the New York Mets in 2016
New York Mets – No. 34
Starting pitcher
Born: August 29, 1992 (age 26)
Mansfield, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 12, 2015, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through July 13, 2019)
Win–loss record44–26
Earned run average3.22
Strikeouts683
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Noah Syndergaard was born to Heidi, an Abbott Laboratories employee, and Brad Syndergaard, an "Iowa farmboy," in Mansfield, Texas.[1] Brad has two other children by a prior marriage, but Noah is Heidi's only child.[1] Brad gave Noah valuable input at every level of his career and Noah has described his father as the best coach that he has ever had.[1] The Syndergaards, like many families in Texas, were "a football family" but Noah did not seriously play any sports other than baseball.[2][3] Syndergaard's mother encouraged her son to pursue baseball when he was a child.[2] He hit his first over-the-fence home run when he was seven years old.[1] Syndergaard grew up watching the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB) and strongly disliked his family's favorite team, the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.[2]

Syndergaard attended Mansfield Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas. During his junior year of high school, Syndergaard experienced a growth spurt, growing by 3 to 4 inches (76 to 102 mm) to reach 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m).[2] Syndergaard also began weight training, and his velocity improved greatly in his senior year at Mansfield, reaching 96 miles per hour (154 km/h).[2][4] However, his late development still caused him to be somewhat overlooked by talent evaluators.[5] Syndergaard also played basketball at Mansfield.

After talking to coaches at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Nebraska, and Baylor University, he committed to attend Dallas Baptist University to play college baseball for the Dallas Baptist Patriots. Dallas Baptist was the only school that offered him a college baseball scholarship.[6][7]

Professional career

Minor leagues

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Syndergaard in the first round, with the 38th overall selection, of the 2010 MLB Draft.[4] He signed with the Blue Jays, receiving a $600,000 signing bonus to forgo his commitment to Dallas Baptist.[8]

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Syndergaard pitching for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2012

In 2011, Syndergaard pitched for the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, and the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League. Pitching for the three teams, he was 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA, and 68 strikeouts in 59 innings, as runners stole 19 bases against him in 23 attempts.[9]

Before the 2012 season, MLB.com rated him as the 95th-best prospect in baseball.[10] He pitched alongside highly touted Blue Jays prospects Justin Nicolino and Aaron Sanchez in the minor leagues. The pitchers were together known as the "Vancouver Trio" and the "Lansing Trio" when they played for the Canadians and Lugnuts respectively.[5] He pitched for Lansing in 2012, and appeared in the Midwest League All-Star Game.[11] Pitching for Lansing, he was 8-5 with a 2.60 ERA, and 122 strikeouts in 103.2 innings.[9]

On December 17, 2012, the Blue Jays traded Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, John Buck and Wuilmer Becerra to the New York Mets for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.[12] At the time of the trade, Syndergaard and d'Arnaud were two of the Blue Jays' top three prospects, and Dickey was the reigning winner of the Cy Young Award for the National League.[13]

Entering his first season in the Mets organization, Syndergaard was rated as the team's third-best prospect, behind Zack Wheeler and d'Arnaud.[14] He began the 2013 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL), and was named an FSL All-Star.[15] He was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League in late June.[16] He was selected for the 2013 All-Star Futures Game.[17] Pitching for the two teams, he was 9-4 with a 3.06, and 133 strikeouts in 117.2 innings.[9]

In 2014, Syndergaard pitched for the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, where he had a 9–7 win–loss record, a 4.60 earned run average (ERA), and 145 strikeouts, which led the leaguein in 133 innings. The Mets decided not to promote Syndergaard to the major leagues as part of its September call-ups.[18] Syndergaard began the 2015 season with Las Vegas, pitching to a 3–0 record with a 1.82 ERA, and 34 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.[19]

New York Mets

2015

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Syndergaard pitching against the Baltimore Orioles on August 19, 2015

Syndergaard made his major league debut for the Mets against the Chicago Cubs on May 12 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.[20] Syndergaard earned the loss as the Mets lost 6–1. He threw 103 pitches in five and one-thirds innings pitched while giving up 3 runs on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks. In the first inning Syndergaard earned his first strikeout against Cubs' leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler to begin his debut.[21]

On May 27, Syndergaard hit his first major league home run, a solo home run, off of Sean O'Sullivan of the Philadelphia Phillies. He had three hits in the game, tying a franchise record for pitchers with three hits in a game.[22][23] On July 10, he recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts in eight innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up one run, four hits and two walks and earning the win.[24] On August 3, he and Mets teammate Lucas Duda were named National League Co-Players of the Week for the week of July 27 to August 2.[25] In his first start during that week, on July 28, he pitched eight scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres, striking out nine and only issuing three hits and no walks on the way to a 4–0 Mets victory.[26] On August 2, Syndergaard again struck out nine over eight innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits and no walks in a victory over the Washington Nationals.[27][28]

On August 8, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Syndergaard became the first rookie since 1900 to win two consecutive starts with nine strikeouts and no walks in each start.[29] He finished his rookie season with a 9–7 record and a 3.24 ERA in 24 starts, with the ability to throw his fastball at 100 miles per hour at times, he struck out 166 batters and gave up 31 walks (2 intentional), 126 hits, 60 runs (54 of them earned), and 19 home runs in only 150 innings with a WHIP of 1.047.

Syndergaard started in Game 2 of the 2015 National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He picked up the loss in that game as the Dodgers won 5-2, but he only allowed three runs in ​6 13 innings pitched with nine strikeouts and four walks.[30] On October 15, he made his first Major League relief appearance in Game 5 . He pitched a scoreless seventh inning in that game, helping the Mets secure the victory and advance to the 2015 National League Championship Series (NLCS).[31] He started Game 2 of the NLCS and picked up the victory, giving up three hits, one run, and one walk while striking out nine in ​5 23 innings pitched.[32] The Mets swept the Cubs in four games and won the National League pennant, their first since 2000.

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Syndergaard throwing batting practice during the World Series
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Syndergaard delivering a pitch in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series

Syndergaard started Game 3 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals with the Mets already trailing 2 games to none in the series.[33] He got the victory in that game, allowing three runs, seven hits, two walks and striking out six in six innings as the Mets cruised to a 9–3 win.[34] It was the only game in the series that the Mets won, as the Royals went on to win in five games.

2016

Syndergaard made his season debut in the second game of the season, defeating the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 5.[35] On April 12, Syndergaard struck out 12 batters, obtaining 26 swings and misses, which was the most by a Mets pitcher in 15 years.[36] His 21 strikeouts in his first two starts of the season tied a club record along with Pedro Martínez and Dwight Gooden.[37]

On April 18, Syndergaard made his third start of the season against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park pitching for his second win of the year going seven innings allowing one run, five hits, two walks and struck out eight. Through his first three starts, Syndergaard was 2–0 with a 0.90 ERA, 29 strikeouts and four walks in 20 innings.[38] In concert with that he also threw at least eight strikeouts while allowing no more than one run in fall of his first three starts for the first such start of a season by a pitcher since Randy Johnson went four games with those stats in 1995.[39] With those numbers, he now ranks second in Mets history with the most strikeouts in first three starts of the season with twenty-nine surpassing Tom Seaver (1971 with 28), Nolan Ryan (1970 with 28) and behind Pedro Martínez with thirty in 2005.[40]

On May 11, Syndergaard hit two home runs for his second and third career home runs off opposing Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda at Dodger Stadium. He became the first Mets pitcher to hit two home runs in a game since Walt Terrell did it on August 6, 1983 against Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in a 4–1 win. Both Terrell and Syndergaard are the only Mets pitchers to homer twice in the same game and drive in all four runs. Noah became the first pitcher to hit two home runs in one game since Micah Owings did it for the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 18, 2007. Syndergaard's four RBI tied a Dodger Stadium single-game record for a pitcher since Lew Burdette of Milwaukee on July 10, 1958. Syndergaard pitched eight innings, allowed six hits, two runs and walked one while striking out six to win his first game since April 18.[41][42]

For the second time in his career, Syndergaard was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of May 16 – 22. Syndergaard during the week went 2–0 with a 0.00 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched.[43] On May 28, Syndergaard had his first career ejection when the umpire felt he intentionally threw a pitch behind the back of Chase Utley, which was considered retaliation for Utley injuring Ruben Tejada on a dirty slide in Game 2 of the 2015 NLDS[44]

Syndergaard came back and continued to dominate in June, including coming two outs shy of what would have been his first career complete game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 15. However, in his last start of the month, Syndergaard pitched badly against his divisional rival Washington Nationals, as he went just three innings, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. He also allowed 5 stolen bases, which led to the 5 runs. The next day, on June 28, it was revealed that Syndergaard and teammate Steven Matz had been pitching most of the season with bone spurs in the back of their pitching elbows. It was indicated that Syndergaard's spur was less significant and it will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that Syndergaard would not need to have the spur removed during the offseason.

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Syndergaard started the 2016 National League Wild Card Game for the Mets

Syndergaard rebounded after his rough start in Washington with a brilliant outing on July 3 against the Chicago Cubs. He went 7 innings, allowing just one run, and struck out 8 batters. On July 5, he was named to the National League roster for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Petco Park with fellow first time All-Star Jeurys Familia and Mets manager Terry Collins, but was later injured along with teammate Yoenis Céspedes on July 8, forcing both to miss the game.[45][46]

For the 2016 season, he was 14-9 and led the majors in lowest home runs per nine innings (0.54).[47] He led all major league pitchers with an average fastball velocity of 98.0 miles per hour.[48] He led the major leagues in stolen bases given up, with 48 (18 ahead of Jimmy Nelson; as only nine runners were caught stealing).[49] He started the 2016 NL Wild Card Game and pitched seven shutout innings, but the Mets lost to the San Francisco Giants.[50]

Syndergaard finished eighth in Cy Young Award voting. He also placed in a three-way tie with Christian Yelich and Addison Russell for 19th in voting for the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player Award.[51]

2017

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Syndergaard featured at the Mets team store, 2017

Syndergaard started on Opening Day for the Mets in 2017. Against the Atlanta Braves, Syndergaard struck out seven over six innings and got a base hit in a 6–0 Mets victory. He left the game early due to a blister on his middle finger which caused him to get a no decision.[52] On April 30, Syndergaard left the game after experiencing tightness in his right biceps. The next day, on May 1, he was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a torn lat muscle in his right arm.[53][54] He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 7.[55]

Syndergaard rejoined the Mets' active roster in late September. He returned to the mound on September 23, when he started against the Nationals and pitched the first inning. The short length of Syndergaard's outing was intentional and determined prior to the game, as the appearance was considered part of his rehab process.[56] Syndergaard required only five pitches to complete the inning. After the game, he said of his decision to return before the end of the 2017 season, "I feel like I needed it just because I've put in so much work the past five months. I felt like I needed to get something out of it. Otherwise, what was I really doing?"[57] He pitched in the team's final game of the season, pitching two scoreless innings against Philadelphia.[58]

2018

For the second straight season, Syndergaard was chosen to start on Opening Day, in the game he struck out 10 batters.[59] He was placed on the disabled list at the end of May and was activated on July 12, after missing the whole month of June with a strained ligament in his right index finger. On July 22 he was returned to the disabled list for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, an infection usually associated with children.[60] He threw the first complete game of his career on September 2, striking out 11 batters in a 4–1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.[61] He pitched on the last day of the season, throwing his first shutout in a complete game to defeat the Miami Marlins by a score of 1-0 at Citi Field. For the season, he was 13-4, with a 3.04 ERA. He led the major leagues in stolen bases given up, with 32 (as only three runners were caught stealing).[62]

2019

On May 2, 2019, Syndergaard threw a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds, allowing four hits and striking out ten batters, and hit a solo home run for the Mets' only run. He was the first pitcher since Bob Welch in 1983 to throw a shutout and hit a home run in a 1–0 win.[63]

Pitching style

The 6-foot-6 right-hander throws from an overhand delivery.[64] PITCHf/x data shows him throwing two fastballs (four-seam, sinker) at 95–99 miles per hour (153–159 km/h), while topping out at 101 mph, along with a curveball between 80–84 miles per hour (129–135 km/h), a changeup, and a slider at 88–94 miles per hour (142–151 km/h).[65] He added the slider to his repertoire during his first season in the majors. He initially began working with it to increase the spin on his curveball, saying in July 2015, "As of now, I’m just a fastball / curveball / changeup guy."[66] However, by that year's postseason, he was using the pitch with regularity, throwing 17 in his first playoff appearance.[67]

On his mound presence, Syndergaard has said, "I feel like most people think I'm kind of this quiet guy, but when I'm on the mound ... I try to be as intimidating as possible. I try to use that as a weapon of mine. I feel like I'm on top of the world when I'm on the mound."[68]

Beginning in 2016, Syndergaard altered his windup to minimize movement, resembling his motion when in the stretch.[69][70]

Personal life

Syndergaard is a weightlifting enthusiast and is capable of squatting 455 pounds (206 kg) and deadlifting 512 pounds (232 kg).[2] After he shared a photo of himself weight training while dressed as the superhero Thor, due to the similarity between his last name and the fictional location Asgard, he acquired the nickname "Thor".[7][71] Syndergaard has embraced the nickname; his mother has an Australian Shepherd named Thor and Syndergaard has "Thor" stitched into one of his gloves.[1] Syndergaard has taken to naming all of his gloves after fictional characters. He has previously used gloves named "Drago" (after the Rocky IV character), "Heisenberg" (after the alias of a Breaking Bad character) and "Rick Grimes" (after The Walking Dead character).[1] Syndergaard auctions his gloves off in order to raise money for the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation,[72] which raises money to fight Sjögren's disease, an autoimmune disease from which his mother suffers. In 2017 the Mets collaborated with Marvel Comics to put out a Noah Syndeggard as Thor bobblehead and held fan giveaways of the souvenir at games at Citi Field during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.[73][74]

Syndergaard has made several appearances on television shows. In 2017, he made a cameo appearance in "The Spoils of War", a Season 7 episode of Game of Thrones on HBO, in which he played an unnamed Lannister spearman in the episode's climactic battle.[75] Syndergaard appeared in a Season 1 episode of Kevin Can Wait, a sitcom starring Mets fan Kevin James, in which he played a man wearing a viking costume for Halloween.[76] He voiced himself in a baseball-themed episode of the animated series Uncle Grandpa alongside fellow MLB players Chris Archer, Adam Jones, Jose Altuve, and David Price.[77] He also appeared as himself in a segment of the prank reality program Impractical Jokers featuring Joe Gatto.[78]

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2015 National League Championship Series

The 2015 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets for the National League (NL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The Mets swept the Cubs four games to none for their fifth National League pennant in franchise history. The series was the 46th in league history with TBS airing all games in the United States. Game 1 was played on October 17.This was the first postseason meeting between the Mets and Cubs, and first NLCS in which the losing team never had a lead during a game. It was also the first since 2007 to end in a sweep and the third best-of-seven NLCS to do so (the other being in 1995).

The Mets would go on to lose to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in five games.

2015 National League Division Series

The 2015 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2015 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff— played in two series. TBS carried all the games in the United States, with Sportsnet simulcasting TBS coverage for Canada. The Division Series began on October 9 and concluded on October 15. The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals had home field advantage in this round of the playoffs.

These matchups were:

(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion) versus (5) Chicago Cubs (Wild Card winner)

(2) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champion) vs (3) New York Mets (East Division champion)The higher seeded team in each series hosts Games 1, 2, and 5 (if necessary), and the lower seeded team hosts Games 3 and 4 (if necessary).

The Mets and the Dodgers met for the third time in postseason play, having split the first two meetings (Dodgers won 4–3 in the 1988 NLCS; Mets won 3–0 in the 2006 NLDS). This was the third overall postseason meeting between the Cubs and Cardinals, with the two having met in the 1885 and 1886 World Series, and their first since the Cardinals joined the National League in 1892.

2015 New York Mets season

The 2015 New York Mets season was the franchise's 54th season. The Mets finished the regular season with a record of 90–72, winning the National League East title on September 26, their first division title since 2006 and sixth overall. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series in five games and swept the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. They lost to the Kansas City Royals in five games in the 2015 World Series. It was the Mets' first appearance in the World Series since 2000 when they lost to the New York Yankees. It marked the team's first winning season since Citi Field opened in 2009 (and their first since 2008, their last season at Citi Field's predecessor, Shea Stadium).

2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 87th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the San Diego Padres and was played at Petco Park on July 12, 2016. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 4–2 to win home field advantage for the 2016 World Series (which went to the Cleveland Indians). This was also the last time home-field advantage for the World Series was determined by the outcome of the All-Star Game.

The host city was announced on January 15, 2015, by then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. This was the third time the city of San Diego hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 1992.Eric Hosmer, an infielder for the Kansas City Royals, was named the 2016 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

2016 National League Wild Card Game

The 2016 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2016 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. As both teams finished with identical 87–75 records, a tiebreaker was used to determine the host team. In accordance with MLB tiebreaking rules, the Mets earned the right to host the game by winning their season series against the Giants 4–3.

The game was played on October 5, 2016 at Citi Field in Queens, New York, and the winner advanced to play the first-seeded Chicago Cubs in the NL Division Series. It was televised in the United States on ESPN.

The Giants defeated the Mets, 3–0.

2016 New York Mets season

The 2016 New York Mets season was the franchise's 55th season. The Mets opened the season against their 2015 World Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals. This was the first time in the history of the league that World Series opponents played a rematch on Opening Day. This was made possible by interleague play being scattered throughout the season. Despite being below .500 (60–62) as late as August 19, the Mets went 27–13 in their final 40 games to make the postseason in consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history. They lost to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card Game.

2018 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2018 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 136th season in the history of the franchise, its 15th season at Citizens Bank Park, and the 1st season with manager Gabe Kapler. They improved from their 66–96 season in 2017 by posting an 80–82 record, but missed the postseason for the seventh consecutive season. Kapler had the second-most wins among Phillies managers historically after 100 games (56), and under Kapler, the 2018 team improved its end-of-season won-lost record by 14 games.

Adam Hamari

Adam Curtis Hamari (born May 25, 1983) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire.

Hamari began umpiring baseball for Little League teams at the age of 12. He began umpiring Minor League Baseball games in 2006, and was promoted to the major leagues on a part-time basis in 2013. Hamari was one of four umpires named to the full-time staff in February 2017, upon the retirements of Jim Joyce, John Hirschbeck, Tim Welke and Bob Davidson.Hamari was the plate umpire when Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants threw his second career no-hitter on June 25, 2014. He was also behind the plate when Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees hit a walk-off single in his final career home game on September 25, 2014.Hamari was the third base umpire for Miami Marlins pitcher Edinson Vólquez's no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 3, 2017.

Alex Anthopoulos

Alex Anthopoulos (born May 25, 1977) is a Canadian professional baseball executive, currently working as the general manager and executive vice president of the Atlanta Braves. He was the senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2010 to 2015, for whom he began as a scouting coordinator in 2003. Prior to the Blue Jays, Anthopoulos got his start in professional baseball with the Montreal Expos organization in 2000. In 2015, he was named the Sporting News Executive of the Year after the Blue Jays advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1993, reaching the American League Championship Series (ALCS). However, his term with the Blue Jays ended on October 29, 2015, when he declined a five-year contract extension. He served for two years as vice president of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cory Mazzoni

Cory Mitchell Mazzoni (born October 19, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.

Dillon Gee

Dillon Kyle Gee (born April 28, 1986) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. In addition, Gee pitched for the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in home runs by pitchers

In baseball, a home run (HR) is typically a fair hit that passes over an outfield fence or into the stands at a distance from home base of 250 feet or more, which entitles the batter to legally touch all bases and score without liability. Atypically, a batter who hits a fair ball and touches each base in succession from 1st to home, without an error being charged to a defensive player, is credited with an inside-the-park home run. If, during a play, defensive or fan interference is called, and the awarded bases allow the batter to cross home plate, the batter is credited with a home run.Wes Ferrell holds the all-time Major League Baseball record for home runs hit while playing the position of pitcher. He hit 37 as a pitcher. Baseball Hall of Famers Bob Lemon and Warren Spahn are tied for second with 35 career home runs apiece. Red Ruffing, Earl Wilson, and Don Drysdale are the only other pitchers to hit at least 25 home runs. Jack Stivetts hit a total of 35 home runs in his playing career, 21 as a pitcher.As of the 2019 season, Madison Bumgarner, with 18 home runs, holds the lead among all active pitchers. Bumgarner also has hit the second most home runs by a pitcher since the American League adopted the designated hitter rule in 1973 (behind Carlos Zambrano). Bumgarner has played his whole career thus far for the San Francisco Giants of the National League.

Ferrell also holds the single-season record for home runs by a pitcher, with nine, a mark that he reached in 1931. The record had previously been held by Stivetts, who had hit seven in 1890. Since 1931, six different pitchers have hit seven home runs in a season: Ferrell, Lemon, Don Newcombe, Don Drysdale (twice), Wilson, and Mike Hampton.Babe Ruth started his major league career as a pitcher before moving to the outfield. Only 14 of his 714 career home runs were hit as a pitcher, however. The first pitcher to officially hit a home run was Jack Manning, who accomplished the feat on August 3, 1876. The most home runs by a pitcher in a single game is three, achieved by Jim Tobin on May 13, 1942.

Lucas Duda

Lucas Christopher Duda (born February 3, 1986) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves. He made his MLB debut in 2010 for the Mets. Prior to playing professionally, Duda attended the University of Southern California (USC) and played college baseball for the USC Trojans. Duda, who bats left-handed and throws right-handed, has also appeared in the outfield for the Mets.

St. Lucie Mets

The St. Lucie Mets are a minor league baseball team based in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The team, which plays in the Florida State League, is the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club.

The team plays at First Data Field, which is currently undergoing a $60 million renovation as part of an agreement with the Mets to continue spring training there for an additional 25 years. Opened in 1988, the park seats 7,347 fans.

They have won the Florida State League Championship five times (1988, 1996, 1998, 2003, and 2006).

Former St. Lucie Mets players currently on the New York Mets roster include Noah Syndergaard and 2014 NL Rookie of the Year and 2018 NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom.

The team announced on June 25, 2017, that Tim Tebow was promoted to the Mets from the Columbia Fireflies, and would play against the Palm Beach Cardinals on June 27.

Steven Matz

Steven Jakob Matz (born May 29, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on June 28, 2015.

Søndergaard

Søndergaard is a Danish surname, literally meaning south farm. Note that the double a is equivalent of å in common nouns and is retained from the pre-1948 orthography in proper nouns only.

Søndergaard may refer to:

Gale Sondergaard

Povl Søndergaard

Søren Søndergaard (politician)

Søren Fjordback Søndergaard

Noah Syndergaard

Tom Hallion

Thomas Francis Hallion (born September 5, 1956) is an American umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB) who has worked in the National League (NL) from 1985 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2005. He is a crew chief. Hallion has worn number 20 during his MLB career. He resigned from the NL in 1999 as a failed mass bargaining strategy, but he was rehired by MLB before the 2005 season.

Two-seam fastball

A two-seam fastball is a pitch in baseball and a variant of the straight fastball. The pitch has the speed of a fastball and can also include late breaking action caused by varying the pressure of the index and middle fingers on the ball.

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