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Fernando Tatis so what can you do for an encore in 2009?

The feel good story for the 2008 version of the New York Mets had to be Fernando Tatis. This was a player that had been totally out of professional baseball for two whole years and who had played in only 28 Major League games since 2003, ended up winning the Comeback Player of the Year award for the National League in 2008. For Fernando it was more like comeback of a career award.

Fernando had his best major league season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999; he ended up batting 298 with 34 home runs and 107 RBIs with those Cardinals. That was the year of his infamous two grand slams in the same inning. By the year 2003, then playing for the Montreal Expos, Fernando’s average had dropped to 194 and him ending up playing only 53 games. He did not play any professional baseball in 2004 or 2005.

Spurred by a desire to help build a church in his Dominican Republic hometown of San Pedro de Macoris, Fernando began a comeback in 2006. He got into 28 games with the Orioles and hit .250 in 56 at-bats. The Mets signed him to a Minor League contract in 2007 and sent him to their Triple-A New Orleans farm team.

Fernando was just another older player trying to hang on to his dream of a big league payday until reality steps in and is released. Well in this case wrong, when Ryan Church and Moises Alou went on the disabled list in May 2008, Tatis was brought up to the major leagues again.

Tatis ended up hitting .297 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs in 92 games for the Mets. Included in those totals were many clutch hits, especially late in games that either tied or put the Mets ahead. On a team that made you cry for clutch hits- he was the savior. So Fernando what can you do to repeat your success in 2009- hey I have an idea- lets go for three grand slams in the same inning. We have the bullpen now that will actually save that game.

By Metsmix Writer- Frank Barone

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