With pitchers and catchers ready to report for spring training soon at Port Saint Lucie, Florida, the New York Mets shored up their pitching staff by signing the 93-year-old star pitcher, Bert “The Big Wazoo” McGillicuddy, formerly of the Chicago White Sox.
McGillicuddy has pitched for 17 teams in his 71 year career, including the Detroit Wolverines, the Brooklyn Superbas and the Houston Colt ‘45s.
With a lifetime record of 352 wins and 678 losses, McGillicuddy should be able to add a “lifetime of experience” for the young Mets pitching staff.
“I remember watching McGillicuddy pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers in their first season. Even though he had a record of just 6 and 18, he was always a spirited enthusiastic team member even in losing seasons. They don’t make baseball players like Bert anymore,” observed Dan Warthen, the New York Mets pitching coach.
Warthen was named New York’s pitching coach in 2008, and in addition to the Mets, he was a coach with three other major league teams.
McGillicuddy was signed to a six year deal, reportedly worth just under $11 million. “I’m in this for the long haul, and often give my best to the team,” said McGillicuddy. ” The money doesn’t mean that much to me, but I like when my great-grandchildren come to see me pitch.”
“He’s my choice for opening day as long as his arm holds up,” said Terry Collins, New York Mets Manager since 2010.
“My grandfather told me all about watching McGillicuddy pitch for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late 40s. I’m proud with him as part of our team, and look forward to many years of success.”