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What would you say about the New York Mets if I told you that they blocked a former member of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” from receiving his World Series ring? I think like me you would want the Mets to right this wrong. You see Kevin Collins started the 1969 season as a member of the Mets. In fact he appeared in 16 games for the Mets that season.
Then on June 15, 1969 at the trading deadline Kevin along with highly regarded pitching prospect Steve Renko was traded to the Montreal Expos for first baseman Donn Clendenon. Donn, if you remember your baseball history ended up being a key component in the Miracle Mets drive to win the World Series. In fact he was the MVP of the 1969 World Series. If you played, even for a small part of the season, or worked in the front office for a team that won the World Series you would normally get a World Series ring.
Interestingly in 2010 Bengie Molina started the season with the San Francisco Giants and was traded to the Texas Rangers. As both teams faced each other in the World Series, Bengie ended up getting a World Series ring from the winning Giants and also got his AL Championship ring from the Rangers. However, in Kevin’s case the Mets told him that since he was traded to a team within their division (the thought is that someone could throw games for his former team) he was prohibited from receiving a World Series ring.
Years later Kevin went back to the Mets and asked if they could give the ring manufacturer the green light to produce a World Series ring for him and that he would pay 100% of the costs. Once again the Mets said NO! As it turns out Kevin is now a neighbor to my brother Dennis in Naples, Florida.
The retired player still hopes that the Mets might right this wrong. Let’s hope that this “Miracle Met” will soon get his Miracle.
NOTE: Mets PR director Jay Horwitz was sent this post and given the opportunity to reply prior to publication. He said he would not comment on this; it was before his time, and “so long ago.”