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Buck Showalter pumped about return of Mets Old Timers Day: Cool

Your day Mets fans have clamored for because the tradition was discontinued 27 years back is here.

Owner Steve Cohen has taken back Old Timers Day this season, for the very first time since 1994. Roughly 60 former players and managers will need part in the festivities and game prior to the game Saturday night contrary to the Rockies at Citi Field.

Wedding day tomorrow. Im looking towards it, its likely to be cool, Mets manager Buck Showalter said Friday before his teams 7-6 make an impression on the Rockies. Its an excellent day of celebration of individuals who meant too much to the business and the fans. Just hope we get good weather, and nobody gets hurt.

Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter
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Eleven members of the Mets Hall of Fame Edgardo Alfonzo, Ron Darling, John Franco, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Jon Matlack, Mike Piazza, Darryl Strawberry and Mookie Wilson and three men enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (Joe Torre, Mike Piazza and Pedro Martinez) will undoubtedly be in attendance. Gooden and Bartolo Colon would be the two starters.

Torre will undoubtedly be among four former managers readily available, alongside Bobby Valentine, Willie Randolph and Terry Collins, while 1973 World Series manager Yogi Berra will undoubtedly be represented by members of his family.

I believe its a large day for the groups of the players, too, Showalter said. A few of the kids and folks here haven’t seen their fathers or grandfathers play. I believe to start to see the response that folks have for them, means too much to their own families.

You will see a red-carpet arrival for Mets alumni at 2 p.m. at the Seaver VIP entrance, with gates opening for fans at 3: 30 and introductions scheduled to begin with one hour later.

Third baseman Eduardo Escobar (oblique) is likely to be activated from the injured list Saturday after he played another game Friday night for Single-A Brooklyn.

The Mets wanted the switch-hitter to obtain a few at-bats from the proper side of the plate as a DH against a lefty starter for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws.

Escobar went 0-for-3 after rapping two hits and playing seven innings at shortstop Thursday night for Brooklyn.

He felt good physically, and your choice was the left-handed starter was the final bridge to cross, Showalter said. Were hoping that hes a new player for all of us Saturday.

Tylor Megill (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Monday before possibly starting a rehab assignment later in a few days. The Mets are hoping to obtain Megill back as a reliever in September. Tommy Hunter was activated from the IL, and Michael Perez was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

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