In 1966, in the days before Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, and Nolan Ryan, when the Mets’ young pitchers were named Dick Selma, Dick Rusteck, Darrell Sutherland, and Rob Gardner, the Mets tried to provide some veteran presence on the staff to help carry the team to respectability while the young pitchers developed.
In the early sixties, you could make up a pretty good core for your major league rotation with the likes of Bob Friend, Bob Shaw, and Ralph Terry – all workhorses who each had one outstanding season, and some other pretty good ones. Couldn’t they help the Mets?
Well, Shaw and Friend did, but only in the short term and when a team goes on to lose 95 games, maybe it would have been better to look at some younger pitchers. Still, it made sense to take a chance on these veterans to help stabilize the pitching staff. After all, the Mets were willing to pay the “big” salaries that came along with these pitchers, even though their best years were behind them. T...