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Mets place Wright on 15-DL, Baxter back


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The Mets will have to fight on without their leader for a little while.

The team placed their captain, David Wright, on the 15-day disabled list this morning after he injured his right hamstring yesterday. “The Pride of Whitestone,” Mike Baxter, was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace him on the roster.

Justin Turner started at third base for the 1:10 p.m. game today.



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Mets stars announce Sandy relief efforts, offer sneak peek of Queens Taste 2013


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Legendary former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling and current outfielder Mike Baxter, a Whitestone native, headlined a small business luncheon at the Irish Circle Tavern in Rockaway Beach on May 7. In addition to signing autographs and posing for photos, the athletes discussed Citi’s local efforts to help rebuild after Hurricane Sandy and plugged Queens Taste 2013. The Irish Circle is one of about 45 restaurants and other food or beverage purveyors that will offer samples for roughly 800 attendees at Queens Taste 2013.

Tickets for Queens Taste 2013 are available at www.queensny.org or 718-263-0546.

 

 

“The Pride of Whitestone”: Mike Baxter’s lifelong baseball dream realized in Queens


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It was late in the game on June 1 when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina knocked a fly ball to left field. Johan Santana, the Mets starting ace who was still working his way back after missing the entire previous season, was facing a multi-base hit — what could have been the first of any hits that night.

Mike Baxter headed back to the wall, trying to keep the no-no intact. He caught the ball and bounced into the blue padding at a high speed. A few innings later, Santana would go on to record the team’s first no-hitter in a 50-year history.

Whitestone native Baxter, however, would end up throwing his shoulder out during the catch — giving up his own health for the sake of the team he grew up loving and watching.

“It was bitter sweet,” said dad Ray Baxter, who hasn’t missed a home game his son has played since joining the team. “It was great while it happened but all of a sudden, 10 seconds later, you start to worry: it’s your child out there that’s hurt. He’s not getting up, and you see him walk off the field and they’re holding his arm like he’s got a broken arm.”

A few hours after the game, as Santana went through a number of interviews, teammate Justin Turner got to Twitter and dubbed his friend “The Pride of Whitestone.” The nickname has since stuck.

Baxter, 27, has come full circle in his still-young baseball journey. He grew up playing baseball in the Bayside Little League, and then at Archbishop Molloy High School.

From there he went on to play college ball at Columbia University, but found himself unhappy with the program, his father said.

He found a home, to this day, in Tennessee where he transferred to play and study at Vanderbilt University, and still keeps a home today.

Baxter played under long-time Commodores coach Tim Corbin, who said he could always tell the Queens product would make it into the majors based on his all-around abilities and determination.

The young player, his former coach said, could do a number of things at the plate and was resilient in his time at Vanderbilt. It was these factors, among others, that brought Baxter to the majors, Corbin said.

After spending six years with the San Diego Padres organization, Baxter was released in 2011. Nearly instantly, however, the Mets picked him up — making it a bittersweet phone call home.

“It was a tough phone call,” Ray Baxter said, in reference to his son being released from the Padres. “You’ve got to take a breath.”

Baxter acknowledged the same sort of feeling, but went on to say that putting on the Met jersey for the first time was an unbelievable feeling.

“That was just a great day, it all happened so quickly,” he said. “You could say it was a dream come true.”

He finally returned to the team during a series in San Francisco on July 30. A few nights later, against his first big league team, Baxter would tie a team record by drawing five walks. When he returned for his first night back at Citi Field on August 7, Baxter said he was most proud to be back in front of the fans.

“I love playing in New York,” he said. “When you come back to New York and you get back in front of the fans, some of the greatest in the world in my opinion, it’s always exciting taking the field out here.”

The Whitestone native’s future is still to be written and it is unclear what will come in the next few years. His dad, on the other hand, is certain his son will stay in baseball for as long as humanly possible, even after he hangs up his glove.

“In my heart, I believe Michael is not leaving baseball.”

Roundup of Johan Santana no-hitter links


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Santana Throws Mets’ First No-Hitter

The Mets’ historic streak without a no-hitter is over. Ace left-hander Johan Santana needed 134 pitches to complete the first no-hitter in the team’s 51-year history Friday as the Mets topped the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0. Read more: NY1

On Johan Santana’s magical night at Citi Field, NY Mets fans finally see a no-hitter

This was for all the times the Mets came close over the half-century they have been in business, the most famous of all when Tom Seaver had a perfect game against the Cubs one time and then a guy named Jimmy Qualls broke it up in the ninth inning. Read more: Daily News

Photo gallery from Santana’s no-hiter. View here: Daily News

Terry Collins sticks with Johan Santana and the rest is NY Mets history

The Friday started with thoughts of how Carlos Beltran would be received by the Mets faithful. But as the game wore on, as Mets ace Johan Santana, kept blanking the Cardinals on a magical Friday night at Citi Field, those thoughts quickly faded into the background. Read more: Daily News

Santana steals show in Carlos Beltran’s return to New York, ends 8,019-game drought

An intense cocktail of emotions coursed through Citi Field with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night. The 27,069 souls in the stands teetered on a precipice between joy and disappointment, desperate to see Mets history, while Johan Santana coped with surges of determination. Read more: Daily News

Baxter hurts shoulder preserving Mets’ no-hitter

Mike Baxter, after making the catch of his life last night, struggled to pull his T-shirt over his head after the game. Shaken, and in serious pain, he said he felt great on a night he gave up his body to keep Johan Santana’s no-hitter intact. Read more: NY Post

WATCH: Santana thanks Mets teammates in clubhouse. Watch here: NY Post

Beltran’s hit that wasn’t had some crying foul over Mets’ no-no

The umpire blew it, but the call and the no-hitter will stand. Maybe because of last night’s call by third base umpire Adrian Johnson, there will be new calls for expanded replay. Read more: NY Post

In Mets’ 51st Year, Finally, Their First No-Hitter

For 8,019 games, across 51 seasons, it had never happened for the Mets. Not at the Polo Grounds, not at Shea Stadium, not at Citi Field, not on the road. Not for Ryan or Seaver, not for Koosman or Matlack, not for Gooden or Cone, not for Leiter or Glavine. No Mets pitcher had ever thrown a no-hitter. Not until Friday. Read more: NY Times

Santana secures place in Mets lore

Johan Santana was the right man to do it, the right pitcher to deliver a magical moment that escaped more than a half-century’s worth of New York Mets. Truth is, he had this no-hitter coming to him since the day he tried to lift the Mets into the playoffs with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Read more: ESPN New York

 

Johan Santana throws New York Mets first ever franchise no-hitter


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Queens and every New York Mets fan is celebrating as Johan Santana has completed the first no-hitter in franchise history. In more than 8,000 games 36 Mets pitchers threw one-hitters.

Santana completed a magnificent performance on Friday, June 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals winning by a score of 8-0.

This game will live in infamy for all Mets fans who are still riding high on the recent announcement of the 2013 All Star Game taking place at Citi Field.

Santana threw 134 pitches and walked 5 in nine innings.

Queens native right fielder Mike Baxter made a diving catch against the left field wall suffering an injury to his shoulder and apparent concussion to save the n0-no in the seventh inning.

Making the victory even more sweet for Mets fans was that this was Carlos Beltran’s first return to Flushing.

“It was a crazy night,” said Santana at the post game press conference.

It certainly will be for Mets fans in Queens and beyond.

Mets visit P.S. 12 in Woodside


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For showing a big heart, some Queens kids were able to meet a few big leaguers.

Mike Baxter, Daniel Murphy and Jonathon Niese  of the New York Mets visited the students from P.S. 12, who collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for City Harvest, the most in New York City on Wednesday May 30.

“I’m so proud a school from Queens, just 15 minutes from the stadium, was able to do this,” said Queens native Mike Baxter.

Click here for a photo gallery of the Mets visit

Three lucky students scored the chance to play catch with the major leaguers.

Dawa Sherpa, who described herself as “sort of” a Mets fan, was excited for the chance to show her stuff.

“They’re really famous and I’ve never ever done this in my life.”

The players signed autographs and took pictures with the excited students before helping load the City Harvest truck with more than 75 boxes of donated food.

Met Mike Baxter comes home


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New York Met Mike Baxter returned to his Whitestone roots when he visited the Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League (DGAL) on Saturday, October 29. Baxter shared skills that got him into the Major Leagues with kids from the community – emphasizing the importance of education. He told the kids that if they work hard and study, good things will happen. He also spent time on hitting tips, ensuring that Baxter will not be the last pro to come out of Whitestone.
DGAL is a non-profit organization serving the Whitestone community since 1955. The organization provides programs to youngsters with an emphasis on instruction, sportsmanship and teamwork. For more information, visit www.dwarfgiraffe.com.