Taijuan Walker Takes Back Seat On New Team  –to Mr. Met

Taijuan Walker Takes Back Seat On New Team –to Mr. Met

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.: Taijuan Walker is taking a back seat on his new team to Mr. Met.

A day after the Mets finalized his $23 million, three-year contract, Walker said he was aced out of his preferred jersey number by the rotund mascot with the baseball-shaped head.

I was 44 growing up, and I finally got it with the Mariners in 2016, Walker said Tuesday. And then I ended up getting traded at the end of the year, and when I got traded to the Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt was No. 44. So I was, OK, I’m never going to get that again.”

So Walker thought: What number can wear that not a lot of people in the league have it?”

He chose 99.

And I think the only way I dont wear 99 is if I get traded to the Yankees,” he said. “So I was, OK, 99 is a safe bet and live with that.

And then, of course, last year I got traded to Toronto and (Hyun Jin) Ryu wears 99. So, I was like, OK, well, that didn’t work out. So I’m wearing 00. Something different, again.

And, of course, this year, Mr. Met is 00. So I just went back to wearing 99.

The only previous Mets No. 99 was Turk Wendell from 1996-2001, according to Baseball Reference.


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