Mike Baxter (baseball)
|New York Mets – No. 23|
December 7, 1984 |
Queens, New York
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|September 6, 2010 for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||22|
|Career highlights and awards|
Early years 
Baxter was born and raised in the Queens, New York neighborhood of Whitestone where he attended St. Luke's Parish school and part of the Bayside Little League. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 2002. Baxter attended Columbia University, and he then attended Vanderbilt University. He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2005 amateur entry draft.
Professional career 
San Diego Padres 
His contract was purchased by the Padres and he was promoted to the major leagues on September 6, 2010.
New York Mets 
After being placed on the 60-day disabled list in March 2011, Baxter began his rehab in Single-A, before being claimed off waivers by the New York Mets on July 22. He was called-up by New York on August 8. In his first game, he hit an RBI double against San Diego to bring the Mets closer to what would end up being a come-from-behind victory. On September 28, 2011, the final game of the Mets' season, Baxter hit his first career major league home run. It gave the Mets a 3–0 lead, and was the last home run and RBI of the season for the team. He was non tendered by the Mets after the season and became a free agent. On December 16, he re-signed a minor league contract with the Mets. He also received an invitation to spring training as part of the deal.
In 2012, Baxter began the season on the Mets active roster as a reserve outfielder. On June 1, during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Baxter made a difficult catch against the outfield wall, injuring his shoulder in the process. He was subsequently placed on the team's disabled list on June 3rd. Despite the recoil, his big play led to Johan Santana's no-hitter, the first no-hitter in Mets' history. Baxter began a rehab assignment with the Single-A St. Lucie Mets on July 15, before being promoted to the Double-A Binghamton Mets and last to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. On July 30th, Baxter was activated from the 15-day disabled list. On August 4, during a game against the San Diego Padres, Baxter set a New York Mets franchise record by recording five walks in a nine-inning game, tying the record for most walks in a nine-inning game in the National League; this was most recently achieved by Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies. Baxter also tied a New York Mets franchise record for most walks in a game, regardless of the amount of innings played. He tied Vince Coleman, who achieved the feat on August 10, 1992, in a 16-inning game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 2013, Baxter was on the Mets' active roster for opening day for the second consecutive year. Despite being considered a front-runner for a starting outfield spot at the beginning of spring training, the starting job was instead given to Marlon Byrd, again relegating Baxter to a reserve role.
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- Lyman, Austin (May 6, 2007). "Baxter sticks to the plan". scout.com. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Mets Claim Mike Baxter". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- "Mets place Baxter on DL, recall infielder Satin". MLB.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "Baxter walks into Mets history". MLB.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)