Throughout their 58-year history, the New York Mets have made the postseason nine times. Everyone remembers the Miracle Mets of 1969, the Bill Buckner error in 1986, and the "Grand Slam Single" in 1999, but I'm not here to focus on any of those playoff berths or the amazing seasons that went into them. Today, I will remind Mets fans that yes, all of these players got into a postseason game during the 2006 and 2015 runs, as well as some making a singular appearance in the 2016 National League Wild Card Game.
2006: Chris Woodward
While you may remember him as the Rangers manager who took offense to Fernando Tatis Jr. swinging on 3-0 and hitting a grand slam, Woodward carved out a solid major league career as a utility player and wound up with the Mets from 2005-06. After batting .283 coming off the bench in 2005, his production dipped significantly in 2006, falling to a rough .216. Nonetheless, he still found his way onto the postseason roster in 2006, getting into the postseason for the first time in his career after debuting with the Blue Jays in 1999-- and rapped a double down the line in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on the second pitch Brett Tomko threw to him. It would be his only postseason at-bat, and he has a lifetime postseason batting average of 1.000.
2006: Michael Tucker
Tucker, another veteran bench piece, spent the final season of his career in a Mets uniform, batting a paltry .196, yet somehow, he found his way onto the postseason bench. He got into two games in the NLDS and three in the NLCS, batting 2/6 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored with both hits coming in the NLCS. He was a more reliable pinch-hitter than most during the postseason that year.
2006: Julio Franco
Franco, who has played baseball since the beginning of time, spent his age-47 and age-48 seasons with the Mets, batting a solid .256 from 2006-07 with a trio of homers and 34 RBIs. He got into four postseason games, two in each series apiece and each time as a pinch-hitter. Franco went 0-4 but had an RBI groundout in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. Matt Vasgersian once called Franco 'The Old Man of the Sea'. Do whatever you want with that information.
2006: Anderson Hernandez
Hernandez, who was one of the Mets' top prospects in that era, spent 2005-07 and 2009 as a Met, batting just .138 with one home run before he was traded to the Nationals in 2008. He returned in 2009, batting .252 with two home runs and 14 RBI. Hernandez was on the bench during the 2006 NLCS, called off of it for a single pinch-hit at-bat in Game 2, where he struck out. He was the runner on first base during the Beltran strikeout, pinch-running for Paul Lo Duca in Game 7.
2006: Roberto Hernandez
Hernandez was solid during his Mets tenure, acquired with Oliver Perez for Xavier Nady. In 22 regular-season games, he pitched 20.2 innings with a 3.48 ERA, and was reliable during the NLCS, not coming out of the bullpen until then. In three games, he tossed 2.1 scoreless innings. Despite him playing 16 seasons in the MLB, this was only the fourth -- and final -- time one of his teams made the postseason.
2015: Erik Goeddel
As a Mets reliever from 2014-17, Goeddel pitched in 110 games, and struck out 109 in 104.2 innings and recorded a 3.96 ERA. Appearing in NLDS Game 3 against the Dodgers, Goeddel was sent to the mound with a nine-run lead in the ninth to finish the game. What followed? Back-to-back singles by Enrique Hernandez and Corey Seager, and then a three-run homer by Howie Kendrick. A Jimmy Rollins single knocked him out of the game. Four batters, four hits and a home run, zero outs recorded. Goeddel has an infinite postseason ERA in his career.
2015: Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Nieuwenhuis had a crazy rollercoaster 2015 season. After being designated for assignment by the Mets after batting .079 to start the season, he was picked up by the Angels, played 10 games, DFA'd again, only to be reclaimed by the Mets, where he had two signature moments for that 2015 team. Nieuwenhuis had a three-home run game in July, becoming the first Met to ever do so at home. He also hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning in Washington in the thick of a division race. He made the postseason roster, appearing in both the NLCS and World Series, going 0-4 with two strikeouts. In his Mets career, he played from 2012-15, hitting .231 with 17 home runs and 71 RBI.
2015: Sean Gilmartin
According to Baseball-Reference, Gilmartin was in the bullpen throughout the playoffs but only got into one game, World Series Game 2. He faced two batters, retired them both on four total pitches, and never came into another game for the rest of the series. He can say he pitched in a World Series game, which not many people can say. After a great rookie campaign where he tossed 57.1 innings and had a 2.67 ERA with 54 strikeouts, Gilmartin could not get that success again with the Mets, pitching to an 8.14 ERA over two more seasons and 16 games and 6.09 over the next five seasons. He most recently pitched with the Rays in 2020.
2016: Eric Campbell
Eric Campbell in his career was 1-6 against Bumgarner. "Soup" made the 2016 Wild Card roster and was called to pinch-hit in the bottom of the eighth inning, the first of back-to-back plate appearances from a player on this list. He struck out looking against Bumgarner, who was untouchable. Campbell replaced James Loney at first base for the remainder of the game. Campbell hit .221 with seven home runs and 44 RBI from 2014-16, all with the Mets.
2016: Ty Kelly
Kelly is perhaps the only member of this list that fans will remember his appearance, as it has been well-documented, and Kelly is a fan-favorite. He pinch-hit with one out in the eighth inning against Bumgarner, knocking a single in his only career postseason at-bat. He has a career postseason batting average of 1.000 and to date the last Mets postseason hit. Kelly played three seasons as a Met, knocking a home run and seven RBIs in 49 games, batting .219, and holding this legendary moment.
As a Mets fan, it's niche content like this that I love. These players made an impact on my life and Mets fans' lives, whether they like it or not.