Here's the long and the short of it on Mets pitching in 2012: Jon Rauch is long. Daniel Herrera is short.
At 6'11", Rauch, newly acquired by the Mets from the Blue Jays, is the tallest pitcher in major league history. At a reported 5'6", Herrera might not have made it to the big leagues if each clubhouse had a sign reading "You must be this tall to play this game."
In fact, there has been no greater gap in height between two pitchers on one team in major league history. Herrera demonstrated that in the Mets' clubhouse on Monday before the team's Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals. He borrowed Rauch's uniform and comfortably stood inside his pants. Inside one leg of Rauch's pants.
Herrera, acquired in the Francisco Rodriguez trade from the Milwaukee Brewers, is currently the shortest active player in the majors. But he's not the shortest hurler in major league history.
Here's a look at some of baseball's notable pocket pitchers.