Anthony Recker

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Anthony Recker
Anthony Recker on April 1, 2013.jpg
Recker with the New York Mets
New York Mets – No. 20
Catcher
Born: (1983-08-29) August 29, 1983 (age 31)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 25, 2011 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
(through July 4, 2014)
Batting average .199
Home runs 11
Runs batted in 38
Teams

Anthony Vito Recker (born August 29, 1983) is an American professional baseball catcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously caught for the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs. He graduated from Catasauqua High School in 2001.

Career[edit]

2005 Draft[edit]

Recker was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 18th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of Alvernia College. He began catching and, on occasion, playing first base professionally.

2011[edit]

On August 23, 2011, he was promoted to the major leagues for the first time.[1] He was named to the All-PCL Team in 2011.[2]

2012[edit]

Recker was traded to the Cubs for Blake Lalli on August 27, 2012. On October 24, 2012, Recker was designated for assignment. He was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets.

2013[edit]

He started his first game for the Mets on April 7, 2013 in a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins. Although Recker is a position player, he pitched the ninth inning for the New York Mets to preserve their regular pitchers in a lopsided game on June 30, 2013, where the Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals by a score of 13-2. He was optioned to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s on August 19. He was later called back up on August 28 as a back up to Travis d'Arnaud due to the trade that sent catcher John Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2014[edit]

Recker made the Opening Day roster in 2014 as a backup to Mets' catcher Travis d'Arnaud. On April 4, he threw out Cincinnati Reds' young speedster Billy Hamilton who was trying to steal second base. On April 12, Recker hit a solo home run in the top of the 13th off of Matt Shoemaker to break the 6-6 tie between the Mets and Angels and win the game for the Mets 7-6.

Personal life[edit]

Recker married Kelly Shepardson on November 2, 2013.[3]

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