L.I. Ducks sign Duaner Sanchez

Chatting at Sun Life Stadium earlier this month, one Mets official told me he disliked going to Miami because it brought back memories of Duaner Sanchez’s taxicab accident, which derailed the 2006 Mets and, in some sense, was the catalyst for everything that has happened to this franchise since. With Sanchez, perhaps the Mets reach the 2006 World Series, beat the Tigers, enter 2007 with more swagger, make the playoffs again, and so on and so forth. The Phillies never become the Phillies. And the Mets never become, well, what they’ve become.

(For more on Sanchez, check out this story from Mets.com in the spring of 2007.)

I bring this up now because of how far Sanchez’s star has fallen. The independent Long Island Ducks announced Monday that they have signed Sanchez to pitch out of their bullpen. Sanchez last pitched in the big leagues for the Padres in 2009, spending last year kicking around the Minors and independent leagues.

“We are happy to bring Duaner … aboard this season,” says Ducks president Michael Pfaff said in a statement. “[His] talents and experience will certainly help bolster our club.”

It’s difficult to see that and not imagine what could have been for the Mets.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

7 Comments

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Man, this makes me sad. I loved watching him pitch for the Mets. They were such a fun team to watch back then.

Oh well, I can console myself by thinking maybe he’ll work out so well down here that someone in the majors will pick him up again. :(

I sort of get where you’re going with this, Anthony. But why not just congratulate the Ducks and Sanchez on this signing?

I saw the Ducks play a few years back. I was happy that I got to see Edgardo Alfonzo play some more. The guys looked like they were enjoying playing ball. And I enjoyed the day at the ballpark.

For me, being a Mets fan isn’t all about regrets and should have beens. It’s about enjoying watching some folks play ball. We win some, we lose a bunch– hey, the game still goes on.

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Finding this post solves a proeblm for me. Thanks!

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