Monday, July 5, 2010
#760) JON ADKINS
Jon Adkins joined the New York Mets when he was traded along with Ben Johnson from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Heath Bell and Royce Ring on November 15, 2006. The day of the trade, Mets general manager Omar Minaya explained, "Jon Adkins has had success on the major league level and can pitch multiple innings. He's another quality arm to add to our bullpen staff."
The Mets promoted Adkins from Triple-A New Orleans on July 27, 2007. He entered the game that day at Shea Stadium. Throwing a perfect seventh inning by retiring all three Washington Nationals batters he faced. New York would still lose the contest 6-5.
Both Paul Lo Duca and Carlos Beltran were nursing injuries that kept them out of the lineup, but not severe enough to place them on the disabled list. This forced Mets' manager, Willie Randolph to work with a short bench of position players. "It's aggravating to not have a full squad," Randolph explained. "I mean, I had to use a pitcher to hit last night. It's aggravating to deal with what you have to deal with, but that's the way it goes."
A solution was on it's way, and 30 minutes before the start of the July 29th game Adkins was designated for assignment. Allowing the club to quickly promote outfielder, David Newhan from New Orleans. Jon would not return to the New York roster and that made his appearance days earlier the only one of his Mets' career.
Jon Adkins signed his card in the set for me before the Louisville Bats faced the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field on July 5, 2010. Adding the inscription of his only Mets' appearance.