June 30, 2001 It's horrible that this is all the Mets got for Tommie Agee. Agee did go through some bad times at the plate and in the field in '72, but the trade wasn't worth it.
November 19, 2001 Somewhere, in the farthest reaches of my mind, I have a faint and ancient memory of Lindsey Nelson excitedly trumpeting the name "Rich Chiles! Rich Chiles!"
For what, I do not know.
November 10, 2003 Only 8 games? 25 ABs? Seemed he played more than than. Rich Chiles and his .120 Batting average were sent off to Tuscon on "24 hour recall" sometime that first season, where by all accounts he still waits.
April 9, 2012 Only one memory of Rich Chiles, and he wasn't in the game - Mets were on the road in one of the ballparks that didn't have a bullpen - pitchers warmed up in foul territory. Tom Seaver is getting in some tune-up work and protecting Tom from foul balls is Rich Chiles.
He catches a foul line drive heading for Seaver, and one of the announcers said it would likely be the most important catch of his career.
Judging by his 2 weeks on the roster, he never got a real shot.
February 1, 2013 I just looked up his minor league stats--10 years in AAA! Give him credit for perseverance.
February 26, 2013 1973 Topps Rich Chiles was my first baseball card ever. It came in one of those clear Topps triple packs with no gum. I was a 7-year-old Mets fan and I bought the pack with Chiles showing because he was a Met. I was with my parents and they bought me 2 packs that day that also contained Willie Mays and Tom Seaver! But I bought the first pack because of Chiles so that was my first card.
If I remember correctly the pack was 39 cents and it was in a big box filled with packs at Great Eastern (Brooklyn's early version of K-Mart) on Flatbush Ave where the Toys R Us is now. My aunt worked there and I thought she gave us everything for free (ah the mind of a 7 year old).
August 11, 2015 I remember how briefly he played for the Mets, and that I figured his major league career was over when they sent him down. I was surprised when he resurfaced with the Twins in 1977.