Longtime Mets catcher dies at 74

Ron Hodges, a 12-year Major League veteran, passed away at 74, as announced by the New York Mets.

Hodges spent his entire career with the Mets, playing a crucial role as a backup catcher and pinch-hitter.

Before joining the Mets, Hodges was drafted by other teams, including the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves.

His Major League debut was in June 1973, and he quickly became part of the Mets' postseason roster in 1973, appearing in the World Series against the A's.

In the first eight seasons, Hodges served mainly as a backup, showing decent performance with a .233/.320/.314 slash line in 377 games.

Hodges had a breakout offensive year in 1981, impressing with a .302/.375/.419 slash line in 35 games.

This strong showing earned him more playing time in 1982, where he split time behind the plate and batted an above-average .246/.358/.373 in 80 games.

In 1983, Hodges had a significant role as the Mets' Opening Day starter, catching for Tom Seaver in his return to Queens.

He played in 110 games that season, finishing with a .260/.383/.308 slash line, and retired after the 1984 season with 666 career games.

Ron Hodges, a career .240/.342/.322 hitter, collected 342 hits, and our condolences go out to his family, friends, loved ones, and teammates.

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