Duda batting for the New York Mets in 2015
|New York Mets – No. 21|
|First baseman / Outfielder|
February 3, 1986 |
|September 3, 2010 for the New York Mets|
(through October 2, 2015)
|Runs batted in||318|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lucas Christopher Duda (born February 3, 1986) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2010. Prior to playing professionally, Duda attended the University of Southern California (USC) and played college baseball for the USC Trojans. Duda bats left-handed and throws right-handed. Duda has also filled in as an outfielder for the Mets.
Duda was born in Fontana, California, on February 3, 1986 to David and Eleanor Duda. He attended Arlington High School in Riverside, California. Duda then enrolled in the University of Southern California (USC), where he played college baseball for the USC Trojans baseball team from 2005 through 2007. Duda played 143 games for the Trojans, hitting 11 home runs, with 81 runs batted in, and a .275 batting average.
Duda began his professional career in 2007 with the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones of the Short Season Single-A New York-Penn League, where he batted .299, with 32 runs batted in, 32 runs, and 4 home runs. During the following winter, he played on the Waikiki BeachBoys of Hawaii Winter Baseball, batting .340, with 13 runs batted in, 12 runs, and 3 home runs. In 2008, he played for the St. Lucie Mets of the Single-A Florida State League, where he batted .263, with 66 runs batted in, 58 runs, 11 home runs. For the 2009 season, Duda was promoted to the Double-A Binghamton Mets, where he batted .281, with 53 runs batted in, 49 runs, and 9 home runs. During the fall of 2009, Duda played for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, where he in 5 at bats batted .400, with 2 runs batted in and no home runs. Duda began the 2010 season continuing to play for the Double-A Binghamton Mets, and was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on June 14. While in Buffalo, Duda homered in five consecutive games, tying a Bisons record. In 70 games for Buffalo, Duda hit 17 home runs, 2 triples, 23 doubles, and had 53 runs batted in, while compiling a .314 batting average. At the end of the season, the Bisons named him their Most Valuable Player.
New York Mets
On August 31, 2010, the Mets announced that Duda would be added to the major league roster as part of their September call-ups. Duda made his major league debut on September 1, against the Atlanta Braves, facing starting pitcher Tommy Hanson, whom he played against in high school. He went hitless in three at-bats, but made a "stellar sliding catch" in the outfield. Duda had to leave the game in the eighth inning due to hamstring cramps, which he said came from dehydrating while on the plane from Buffalo to Atlanta. On September 17, 2010, again batting against Hanson, Duda hit his first career major-league home run. Former Mets manager Jerry Manuel watched Duda during batting practice when he was first called up to the Majors and noted that Duda reminded him of Magglio Ordóñez or Moisés Alou. He batted .202. The Mets named Duda their Sterling Organizational Player of the Year in 2010.
On August 8, 2011, batting in the cleanup spot for the first time in his major league career, Duda picked up his first major-league walk-off hit, with a two-run single off of Padres closer and former Mets reliever Heath Bell. He batted .292 for the season.
Duda was selected as the starting right fielder for the Mets to begin the 2012 campaign. On April 7, 2012, Duda had his first multi-homer game, hitting two solo shots off the Atlanta Braves in a 4–2 Mets' victory. Going into June 26, Duda was hitting .269 with a team-high 11 home runs, yet from June 26 to July 24 Duda was hitting .138 with one home run and a .200 slugging percentage. The sub par batting performance coupled with poor fielding prompted his being demoted to Triple-A Buffalo.
In October, Duda broke his right wrist moving furniture in South California, and had surgery on November 5. However, Duda returned in time for spring training.
On June 23, Duda was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle between his ribs. Following a rehabilitation stint Duda was activated and then immediately optioned to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Duda was recalled on August 24. He batted .223 for the season.
On April 4, Mets manager Terry Collins announced that Duda would get the bulk of the playing time at 1st base. Later that night, Duda hit two 2-run homeruns in a 4-3 victory against the Cincinnati Reds.
On September 28, Duda hit his career high 30th home run of the season. That home run put him at 92 runs batted in, another career high.
On July 29, Duda became the 11th Met and only the second at home (after Kirk Nieuwenhuis less than a month before) to hit three home runs in a single game, a 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. Duda set a Mets franchise record on August 1st after his past eight hits were all home run balls.  On September 26, Duda hit his first career grand slam in the Mets' 10-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. That victory clinched first place in the NL East for the New York Mets. 
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