Joe McEwing: A Look At the Classic New York Met

Tommy MarcusCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2008

NOTE: This will be the first article of a series of many showing Mets players who were fan favorites and team leaders.

From 2000 to 2004, Joe McEwing was the man who the New York Mets relied on—the clutch pinch hitter, the superb backup, the man who could play any position.

They called him "Super Joe".

McEwing wasn't an all-star. He was barely even good enough to be a starter. However, Joe McEwing was the player who got the hit and tied the game, fired up the team, and won games. He filled in for injured players, and was always the fan favorite.

He may have finished his career hitting .251, but he was much more valuable than that. There are some qualities in baseball players that aren't shown by statistics, but have incredible impacts on the teams.

Currently, he is the hitting coach for the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and is working his way towards being on the staff of a major league baseball team. Joe McEwing would make an excellent coach if he carried on his belligerent attitude from his playing days.

McEwing will always be remembered by Mets fans, and remains a fan favorite at Shea Stadium.

For more information on Joe McEwing, check Baseball Reference or Wikipedia.