Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 3/23/13
Duffy Dyer was a true Met. He ably served as Jerry Grote’s back-up and caught many of the Mets greatest pitchers. He played for the team from 1969-1974. He appeared in 375 games and accrued 1167 Pas. He had one AB in the 1968 season but earned more playing time in 1969. He had one at bat in the 1969 World Series. He hit an Opening Day three-run pinch-hit HR at Shea Stadium in 1969. He kept earning additional playing time each year through 1972 when he achieved his career high of 363 total PAs. Beginning in June of 1972, Dyer started more and more games behind the plate. He responded by hitting 8 HRs and knocking in 36 RBIs. In September, it was revealed that Grote had been dealing with bone chips in his right elbow. He earned NL player-of -the-Week from June 12-18 with a .364 BA, 2 HRs, and 7 RBIs. In 1972, he led NL catchers in baserunners caught stealing and double plays turned by a catcher. He finished second in assists and third in fielding percentage. He even manage...
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