Charles was originally drafted by the Braves in 1952, but spent a lot of time in the minor leagues due to the presence of star third baseman Eddie Matthews. Before the 1962 season, Charles was traded to the A's. He had a solid rookie season and stayed with the A's until he was traded to the Mets on May 10, 1967 for Larry Elliot. During Charles' first season as a Met in 1967, he batted .238 with three home runs and 31 RBI. He immediately became the starting third baseman. He was also, at the time, the oldest player on a very young team. In 1968, Charles led the Mets with 15 home runs. He also had a .276 average and 53 RBI. A year later, Charles became a platoon player and only started against left-handed pitchers, while Wayne Garrett started against right-handed hitters. For the season, Charles batted just .207 with three home runs and 18 RBI. Charles hit his final major league home run during the division-clinching game against the Cardinals' Steve Carlton. - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/770405-new-york-mets-top-10-third-basemen-in-team-history#/articles/770405-new-york-mets-top-10-third-basemen-in-team-history/page/5
A man from Erie, Colo. died after getting bitten by a black widow spider. Health experts say it's a rare for someone to die from black widow bites. Jeff Seale, 40, noticed 19 bites on his foot two weeks before he died. His sister says he worked at a horse stable, and she wonders if that's where her brother might've encountered the spider. Seale was an accomplished baseball player when he was younger. The Fairview High School baseball team in Boulder is practicing this week for a tournament they are hosting, and even though many of them had never met Jeff Seale, they knew of his legacy. “When you assess that type of tradition, you definitely look up to him," says Brian Sture, a graduating senior. In the late 1980s, Seale was one of the best pitchers, not only for Fairview, but in Boulder County. He was drafted by the Mets, and he also played for the University of Texas - http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-man-dies-after-suffering-19-black-widow-spider-bites-20110721,0,5774918.story
7-22-11: - Lucas is currently ranked 4th in the NY-Penn League in both hitting (.357) and slugging percentage (.545). One caution about this… Lucas is currently playing his 5th season in the Mets organization after being drafted in the 4th round in 2007. He farted out a couple of times, including hitting .212 last year for St. Lucie. The Mets obviously think he’s young enough to start over (22).
7-22-11: - Muno is off to a great professional start in Brooklyn. He currently is ranked 7th in the league in both batting (.329) and OPS (.953). The 22-year old has basically done all of this against right handed pitchers (.359) while batting only .167 against lefties.
7-22-11: - It sure looks like we need to keep an eye out on this guy. He’s currently ranked 9th in the NY-Penn league with a .323 batting average, plus tied for 4th in the league with five home runs. Brown was a
22nd round pick in 2010 that hit only .209 last year of Kingsport. His slugging percentage alone has gone from .288 to .500 this year. He is a 24-year old shortstop.