MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE: 1 Year, 34 Days
SIGNED BY: Tom Allison
HOW OBTAINED: Selected in the 24th round of the June, 1997 Free Agent Draft.
CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2003.
FAMILY: Wife, Kelly; Son, Jason Jr. (8/4/03).
2003Appeared in 84 games at first base (82 starts) and 29 games as a catcher (26 starts) with New York.
Was hitting only .242 ( 22-91) after his first 32 games...Hit .314 (98-312) the rest of the way (87 games).
Was second among National League rookies with a .373 on-base percentage, third in RBI and slugging (.442); tied for third in home runs; fourth in batting, multi-hit games (32), hits, total bases (178), doubles and walks...Was tied for fourth in extra-base hits (36), and eighth in runs...His 14-game hitting streak from July 10th-July 26th was third longest among NL rookies.
Had 34 multiple-hit games, 24 games with two hits, nine games with three hits and one game with four hits.
Knocked in two runs in a game 10 times and had four contests with three RBI.
Hit .308 (36-117) vs. lefthanded pitching; .294 (84-286) vs. righthanded pitching; .283 (36-127) in day games; .304 (84-276) in night games; .354 (70-198) at home; .300 (107-357) on grass; .283 (13-46) on artificial turf; .319 (37-116 with 42 RBI) with men in scoring position and .327 (16-49) with a runner on third base.
Hit safely in 10 straight games from August 9th-August 20th and was 15-39 (.385) with six runs scored, three home runs and 12 RBI in those games.
Finished the month of July with 36 hits which is the third highest total by a Mets rookie in a calendar month.
Tied his career-high with three RBI, August 16th vs. Colorado...Also drove in three runs on August 10th at Arizona, August 3rd vs. St. Louis and July 2nd at Montreal.
Hit the 5,000th home run in Mets history on August 30th vs. Philadelphia (Wolf).
Collected his 100th career hit, a two-run home run on August 15th vs. Colorado (Reed).
Had a career-best 14-game hitting streak from July 10th-July 26th...Hit .426 (23-54) during that streak...It was tied for the fourth longest streak by a Mets rookie.
Delivered a walk-off RBI single to lift the Mets to a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on July 13th.
Established a career-high with four hits, June 22nd vs. the Yankees...Was 4-5 with an RBI in the contest.
Collected a then career-best three hits (3-5), May 22nd vs. Philadelphia.
Made his first major league appearance at first base, March 31st vs. Chicago, when he entered the game in the ninth inning.
As a catcher with the Mets, he threw out four of 12 base runners (33 percent).
Was recalled by the Mets from Norfolk (AAA) of the International League on May 18th for his fourth stint with the big league club.
At the time of his last recall, he was batting .346 (27-78) with 13 runs, five doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI in 22 games...Was also selected the IL's Batter of the Week for the week of May 12th-May 18th.
Was with the Mets three other times this season: March 31st-April 5th; April 18th-April 23rd and May 4th-May 11th.
At Norfolk, he threw out four of 14 runners (29 percent).
Hit safely in 15 of the 22 games in which he played for Norfolk...Had four hits against Durham on April 6th.