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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 409 of 1043 players
Braden LaVern Looper
Born: October 28, 1974 at Weatherford, Okla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 220

Braden Looper was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on April 5, 2005, September 8, 2005, December 16, 2005, and January 30, 2007.


First Mets game: April 6, 2004
Last Mets game: September 21, 2005

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April 20, 2004
This guy stinks. I remember him with the Florida Marlins. He allowed a run in almost every appeareance and he could possibly be worse than Armando Benitez was. (If that's even possible.) You heard it here first! Another bad front office desicion to pick this guy up.

Won Doney
May 22, 2004
If he stinks, he hasn't shown us that yet. He is one of the best things about this season so far.

Nick F
June 2, 2004
Braden Looper is a starting pitcher in a reliever's role. He's been perfect for us all year long thus far. He made us all forget about Armando Benitez in less then a week into the 2004 season.

September 27, 2004
Good prediction Larry. Braden has been nothing short of terrific doing a good job closing. He deserves more than his 27 saves. Looper has pitched two innings numerous times this year. We need to fix up the bullpen around him.

Mr. Sparkle
October 20, 2004
I like this guy a lot. He had a great scoreless streak through April and part of May that was awesome. He walked only 16 guys in 83 innings, which is impressive. He seemed like he was stuck on 6 walks for a month. He's got electric stuff. He blew a few games like any closer but he seemed a good fit for NY and hopefully will have more save opps next year.

Jonathan Stern
April 5, 2005
Opening day was going amazin'ly well. Homers galore, great performances by Pedro, Carlos, even Cliff Floyd. Six runs from the hitters, sixteen strikeouts from the pitchers. I feel happy.

Braden Looper enters the bottom of the 9th with the Mets ahead of the Reds, 6-4. Walk, two-run homer by Adam Dunn. Solo homer by Joe Randa. Cincy fans go crazy. Reds win, 7-6. I feel sad.

Looper was supposed to be our solo reliable bullpen option this year. Let's hope we'll all laugh about this one in October. But for now, what a heckuva way to start the 2005 season.

April 5, 2005
Is it me or does he look just like Stan Laurel after Oliver Hardy berrates him? Great another smirk for me to hate since Franco is gone. I know people thoughthe was pretty good last season, but let's remember mediocre players look great on bad teams. Let's hope this blown save was only a rare fluke.

jeff d
June 27, 2005
Nice job by Braden Armondo Franco last night. I know closers are bound to blow some games, but why do our guys always seem to blow the important ones? I would have loved to see Steinbrenner's reaction to a Mets sweep, but of course it was not meant to be.

Lifelong Fan
July 25, 2005
This kid's got some good stuff. I hope he develops into a good one. He's not there yet. Every time I hear his name I think of "Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man" when Lou becomes the boxer, Louie the Looper!

September 24, 2005
Every time Looper enters a game I walk out of the room because he is going to blow the game. I have not just been doing this recently either. The first game of the year against Reds when Looper came in I went into the kitchen to wash dishes instead becuase there was no doubt he was going to blow the save. There is a reason why the Marlins obtained Urbina in 2003: Looper could not handle the pressure.

At least Armando would be a bully against the bad teams. Looper only has a 80% save percentage in 2005. That is completely unacceptable for a closer.

Mr. Sparkle
October 13, 2005
Unfortunately Looper is just an average closer. He's real good at times but I'm never comfortable with him on the mound. Trouble is he can't get lefties out. I always liked when Davey Johnson had a lefty righty tandem in McDowell and Orosco. They were both used to close depending on the circumstances and they sometimes bailed each other out. I think Looper is good enough to close but not good enough to be the only guy. If they can't swing a Billy Wagner this off season, what's wrong with a lefty compliment to Looper? I hate when you can tell he doesn't have it and the bullpen is empty. Screw his pride and get a guy to help him out. The team would be better off.

Brian M
September 8, 2006
I remember 2 things about Braden Looper, 1: he had the most wild followthrough after releasing the ball. And 2: The grin just before pitching never failed to amuse. Unfortunately he was really hot and cold; one day he'd be lights out and the next he was throwing batting practice. Then we find out that he had a bad arm, and now he is a decent releiver for the Cards. It's the story of the Mets I'll tell ya'...

October 12, 2006
Stan Laurel after Ollie Hardy berates him! That's hysterical! He *does* look exactly like that. If he wouldn't have blown so many saves I would have excused the stupid look but now that he's moved on to St. Louis (Hmmm...maybe he'll prove to be the Cards' undoing if/when the Mets beat them in the NLCS.) I can't say that I miss him very much as a Met.

Anonymous McGee
March 28, 2008
A WFAN caller once said, "Not only does Looper break our hearts, but he does it with a big ol' grin on his face!"

What else is there to say?

Shickhaus Franks
March 26, 2011
Just announced his retirement on Friday after he was told that he wasn't gonna make the Cubs roster. Pretty decent closer but his fate in Flushing was sealed when the Mets got Billy Wagner. His surname is funny as heck; it reminds me of during the 80's "Rock and Wrestling" heyday when Rowdy Roddy Piper would refer to Cindy Lauper as "Loopy Lauper". LOL

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