The New York Mets are bringing back the Old Timers’ Day Game this season on Aug. 27, according to a team announcement Tuesday morning.
Steve Cohen is listening to fans and bringing the game back for the first time since 1994.
“Bringing back Old Timers’ Day was one of the most passionate requests I heard from our fans,” Cohen, Mets chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary season, having these legendary players return to the ballpark to hear cheers from Mets fans once again is the perfect way to honor our past.”
Among the more than 40 players scheduled to attend includes an original player from the 1962 team and a player who last played for the Mets seven years ago. Frank Thomas, Ron Swoboda, Jon Matlack, Felix Millán, Mookie Wilson, Howard Johnson, Bobby Ojeda, Robin Ventura, Turk Wendell, Endy Chávez, Cliff Floyd and Daniel Murphy are all scheduled to participate. Additional names will be announced in the coming months.
Murphy, 36, will likely be the youngest player included in the festivities. The former second basemen for the Mets spent seven seasons in Queens. His heroics and historic performance in the 2015 postseason landed him the title of Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship.
“It will be great to put on a Mets uniform again,” Murphy said. “I’m sure when I hit the field my mind will be racing back to 2015. That was an incredibly special time.”
In an interview with the press on Tuesday, Murphy said the Mets hold a special place in his heart.
Thomas, 92, is also excited to return to the field. He said he plans on taking some batting practice before the game and would love to hit a home run at Citi Field.
Introductions will take place at 5 p.m. prior to the team’s game against the Colorado Rockies. Doors open at 4:10 p.m.
(Photo: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara)
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