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New York Mets are a professional baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. The Mets are a member of the East Division of Major League Baseball's National League.
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To improve the bullpen for the 2009 season, which was arguably the reason the Mets missed the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, the Mets signed free agent closer Francisco Rodríguez, who established a single-season major league record for saves (62) as a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2008. They also acquired setup man J.J. Putz from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for several players.
The 2009 season was the Mets’ first season at Citi Field, a retropark following current architectural trends in stadium design. It follows the brick and steel-truss trend begun by the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992. The exterior facade resembles Ebbets Field, former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Mets’ first exhibition game at Citi Field was played on April 3, 2009 against the Boston Red Sox. The first home game was on April 13, 2009 against the San Diego Padres, who spoiled the opener with a 6–5 win against the Mets. On April 17, Gary Sheffield, who just days earlier was signed by the Mets as a free agent, hit his 500th home run against the Milwaukee Brewers. Sheffield became the first pinch hitter to reach this milestone, as well as the first to do it in a Mets uniform.
The 2009 season for the Mets was marred by numerous injuries suffered by its players, with 20 of them having been on the disabled list at one point or another during the season and losing star players like J.J. Putz, John Maine, Oliver Perez, José Reyes, Carlos Beltrán, David Wright, Carlos Delgado, Johan Santana,and Gary Sheffield. As a result, the Mets finished in fourth place, with a record of 70-92 and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight season. Mets players spent more than 1,480 days in the disabled list in 2009, more than any other team in the majors.