Baseball is a game of numbers, as they say.
Tazuan Walker recently signed a three-year, $ 23 million deal with the Mets. This is the kind of money that usually allows you to choose your number on a new squad. Okay, except that Mr. Mate is already wearing it.
Walker, who has worn numbers 27, 32, 44, 99, 0 and 00 at various points in his career (per baseball reference), was planning to donate double zero again this season. Except, well, it is taken by the longest running Met, Mr.
Walker on Tuesday recounted the odyssey of his numbers on his back.
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“I turned 44, and finally reunited with the Mariners in 2016,” Walker said. “And then I started doing business at the end of the year, and when I got the Diamondbacks business, Paul was wearing Goldsmid 44. So I was like, ‘Well, I’ll never be like this again.’ And I think I don’t only wear 99 if I trade with the Yankees. So I was, well, 99 is a safe bet and went with the same.
“And then, of course, last year I traded for Toronto and wears (Hyun Jin) Ryu 99. So, I was like, ‘Okay, okay, it didn’t work.’ So I’m wearing 00. Something different, again. And, of course, this year, Mr. Mate is 00. So I just went back to 99. “
Walker joins an uber-talented Mets roster that includes two-time Cy Young winner Jacob DeGrom and winter acquisitions Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco, the first year under new Mets owner Steve Cohen.
You choose any jersey number you want, but at this point there are only those numbers for Walker and the Mets in the left column.