Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Gil Flores came to the New York Mets when they selected him off waivers from the California Angels on July 28, 1978. A native of Puerto Rico, he was initially assigned to Triple-A Tidewater to finish the season. Flores would make his Mets debut as a year-end roster expansion on September 5, 1978. Gil appeared in 11 games and hit for a nice .276 batting average.

Flores was used almost exclusively as a pinch-hitter in New York the next season. His production in that role was not nearly as effective and saw his batting average drop to .194 for his 93 at-bats during the 1979 season. Gil remained in the Mets organization for the next five years returning to play at Triple-A Tidewater through the 1984 campaign. Finishing his career recording a total of 13 minor-league seasons and a cumulative batting average there of .298.

I created Gil Flores' card in the set from an autographed index card that came from the extensive collection of Dr. John Davis, Jr. Purchased for me by my good friend, Jessie.

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