Recker with the New York Mets
New York Mets – No. 20
August 29, 1983 |
|August 25, 2011 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through June 7, 2015)
|Runs batted in||53|
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 played for the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs. He graduated from Catasauqua High School in 2001.
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.
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 Matt Shoemaker to break the 6-6 tie between the Mets and Angels and win the game for the Mets 7-6.
Recker married Kelly Shepardson on November 2, 2013. His wife Kelly gave birth to their first child Camden Anthony Recker,December 30th 2014 
- "Recker hits 2 HRs, but passed ball sinks Mets". mlb.com. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
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