By Jerry Del Priore
Ex-New York Met Endy Chavez, revered by Mets fans for his amazing game-saving catch in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, inked a contract with the Somerset Patriots, the Atlantic League announced Monday.
The Venezuelan-born outfielder begins his first season with the Patriots and second in the Atlantic league. Chavez’s first year in the association, in 2016, was with the Bridgeport Bluefish, in which he led the league with an impressive .345 batting average. He also hit two dingers and drove in 37 runs.
Last season, he slugged .343 with five home runs and 59 RBI across 93 tilts with Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican League.
The left-handed 40-year-old has played 13 years in the big leagues–with the Mets, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, and Seattle Mariners.
In the batter’s box, Chavez sports a .270 career average with 30 long balls, 266 RBI and 106 stolen bases over his long MLB career. He also owns a .291 overall average over his 20-year professional career.
Known for his defensive prowess, however, Chavez robbed Scott Rolen of a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to keep the contest knotted and ignited the Shea Stadium faithful into an electrical jubilation, resulting in two memorable curtain calls.
That unforgettable catch earned Chavez with a 2007 ESPY Award nomination.
Note: Former Mets farmhand, Ender Chavez, who played for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2002-03 and ‘07, is the younger brother of Endy.
Somerset kicks off its season on Friday, April 27 at 7:05, as it hosts the Road Warriors.