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.
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