Saturday, March 27, 2010
#764) WILLIE COLLAZO
Willie Collazo was signed by the New York Mets as a free agent on March 1, 2006. He began the season in Double-A Binghamton, but was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk by the end of that year. The next season found Collazo once again in Triple-A with the Mets. Although now in New Orleans as New York changed their minor league affiliation. The left-hander was named to the 2007 Pacific Coast League All-Star team, and was further rewarded with a call-up to New York when the rosters were expanded at the end of the year. Willie made his major league debut as a member of the Mets on September 5, 2007. He pitched 1-2/3 innings of scoreless relief facing the Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati that day. Collazo would make a total of six appearances from the bullpen and finish the season with a 6.35 ERA.
The 2008 season found Willie back with the New Orleans Zephyrs club in Triple-A. "You are never going to forget the first time you get called up to the Big Leagues." Collazo reflected. "You always want to go back to that feeling again and that's what we're all here for. To pursue that dream."
Willie Collazo signed his card in the set for me following a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida on March 8, 2010.