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Francisco Estrada
Francisco Estrada
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 750 of 1043 players
Francisco Estrada
Born: February 12, 1948 at Navojoa, Mexico
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.08 Weight: 185


First Mets game: September 14, 1971
Last Mets game: September 14, 1971

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Bill Deegan
October 9, 2002
A few years ago the Wall Street Journal did a front page story about players who appeared briefly in the Bigs. Estrada was one of the featured players. I think it said that he played for a while in Mexico after his MLB "career" hoping for another shot. I hope he's doing well.

September 3, 2003
I recently picked up a copy of "Minor League Baseball Stars Volume III" in a trip to Cooperstown. Sure enough, on page 71, appears Francisco "Paquin" Estrada. The book was printed in 1992, and the guy was still playing! He played a bunch of games in the Mexican League, though he never led it in any offensive category. His career in the book is from 1964-1991. The most amazing part of Paquin Estrada's career is that he holds the record for most games caught in organized ball! And yes, he even played a little third base, though ironically never in the Mets system.

January 11, 2006
Surprised anyone else remembers him. I can honestly say I saw every one of his major league at bats, all 2 of them (in 1 game)!

March 17, 2006
Paquin was visible again recently as manager of the Mexican team that knocked the U.S. out of the World Baseball Classic.

The website provides some more detail on his career, beyond what previous posters have given us:

"Paquin Estrada tallied 26 seasons as a catcher in the Mexican Baseball League and 30 years in the Mexican Pacific Winter League, holding the record for games played in each. His eight appearances in the Caribbean Series are a record for both a catcher and Mexican player. In an abbreviated Major League Baseball career, Estrada played in one game as a member of the New York Mets in 1971, collecting a base hit in two at bats. Later that year, he was traded from the Mets to the California Angels, in a multi-player deal that included Nolan Ryan. Currently the manager of both the Culiacan Tomateros of the Mexican Pacific Winter League and the Campeche Piratas of the Mexican Baseball League, Estrada has amassed 33 years as a skipper. Since his managerial debut in 1983 when he led the Campeche Piratas to a league championship, Estrada has collected a remarkable 12 titles in the Mexican Baseball League (1983, 1990, 2004), Mexican Pacific Winter League (1983, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004) and Caribbean Series (1996 and 2002)."

Ed K
November 24, 2006
Estrada was the first Met Player born in Mexico. Many folks incorrectly assume it was Alex Trevino.

Mr. Roboto
May 25, 2013
Francisco was one of the players traded by the Mets with Nolan Ryan. He never got into a game with the Angels, but went on to a 30-year career as a catcher (longer than Nolan's time in the majors) in his native Mexico. He also became a successful manager there and is a member of the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame. It looks like the Ryan deal was even worse than we thought!

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