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Mets 101 All Star Memories: Johan Santana (2009)

December 3rd, 2013 at 11:48 PM
By Steve Popoloski

'Johan Santana' photo (c) 2009, Tom Thai - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
When the New York Mets signed starting pitcher Johan Santana prior to the 2008 season, the southpaw had already appeared in three MLB All-Star Games and won two Cy Young Awards. The Mets shelled out a six-year, $137.5 Million contract after acquiring their new ace in a trade with the Minnesota Twins and Santana immediately changed the dynamic of an already solid Met starting staff. Santana had a respectable first three months as a Met, going 8-7, 2.84 ERA but was not named to the 2008 All-Star squad and responded with an 8-0 second half, lowering his season ERA to 2.53 by seasons end.

Santana carried that momentum into 2009, going 8-3 with a 2.43 ERA, which got him back into the Mid-Summer Classic, for the first time as a National Leaguer. The new Busch Stadium in St. Louis played host to the game and Johan was one of four Mets on the squad, joined by starting third baseman David Wright, Carlos Beltran and closer Francisco Rodriguez. Santana did not appear in the contest as the National League used eight pitchers en route to a 4-3 loss to the American League, the seventh consecutive win for the AL.

Following the All-Star Break, Santana pitched his way to a finishing line of 13-9 with a 3.13 ERA but the season didn't end well, as he went on the 15-day disabled list on August 25 and would later undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow.

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Tags: All-Star, Baseball, Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Francisco Rodriguez, Johan Santana, MLB, New York, New York Mets

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