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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 423 of 1043 players
Michael James Jacobs
Born: October 30, 1980 at Chula Vista, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.02 Weight: 200

Mike Jacobs has been the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup 12 times, most recently on June 15, 2013.


First Mets game: August 21, 2005
Last Mets game: April 17, 2010

Winner of Sterling Player of the Year award, 2003, 2005.

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August 27, 2005
Talk about a great start to a major-league career. In his very first at-bat, pinch-hitting for Juan Padilla, Mike Jacobs hits a three-run shot to right field for his first major-league hit, first major- league home run, and first three major-league RBIs. I was there, three rows behind home plate, and I had just finished explaining why he was the catcher of the future. I got so excited I nearly fainted in the stifling heat. He earned a raucous curtain call from the crowd of 42,000.

Kevin McLaughlin
August 27, 2005
You gotta like his swing. He reminds me of Richie Sexon. I don't know what kind of a catcher he is, but he seems to handle first pretty well. Hopefully, his bat will help for the stretch drive.

Bill Deegan
August 27, 2005
Wow!! What a start! 7 for 13 (.538) 4 homers! 1.538 slugging percentage! Let's hope this guy's for real.

August 27, 2005
I don't think any Met has ever had a hotter start to his career. I love his size and swing, though I'm a little surprised he's as old as he is and was only at Double-A. I hear he's good behind the plate, though, and I'd rather see him there than at 1B if it's true.

Tino Vieitez
August 27, 2005
I had the pleasure of being at Shea to witness Mike Jacob's first major league at bat and subsequently his first hit - the home run. An otherwise dismal game, because the Mets were down 7-0. His home run electrified the crowd. Here's to hoping that he has a long and prosperous career in the major leagues. Good luck Mike.

Joe Figliola
August 27, 2005
He sure didn't look like an overmatched Double-A callup at the plate Sunday afternoon. Man, did he tattoo that ball! Dave O'Brien did have a great call on it as well ("WOW!")

Jacobs later said that he was watching the pitcher closely when lefties were batting against him. He detected a pattern in his pitches that resulted in a three-run homer.

Shad Stanleigh
October 13, 2005
I'm pretty sure that Jacobs became the first player to homer at both a minor league and major league game I attended. I remember him clocking one with the Brooklyn Cyclones during their phantasmal inaugural 2001 season and he hit one (back to back with Victor Diaz) at the season finale at Shea in 2005.

Chris Blanch
November 6, 2005
I remember watching the Mets vs. Braves game when Jacob's first true test came against future hall of famer John Smoltz. He hit a bomb of a home run to left-centerfield that traveled about 440 feet. That's when I started to think that this kid could have a special career. He was not intimidated facing a pitcher that he probably watched on TV as a kid. I hope he has a long and great career with the Mets.

Mr. Sparkle
November 25, 2005
I really liked Jacobs; he showed great potential with his 11 homers in about 100 ABs. Still, I recognize that it was only potential and there is no guarantee he could do this for a full season. He did however win organizational player of the year twice for the Mets in 2003 and 2005. With all the holes the Mets have in the 2005 off season, I was hoping they could go for big names in other places and let Jacobs play first. Unfortunately that's not to be and we get bad apple Carlos Delgado instead. It would be nice to have a few more guys come through the system and make it like Wright and Reyes as too many big names just don't make a winner. If Jacobs can hit 25 homers and Delgado can hit 35, is Delgado really worth the extra $16,000,000 a year? Could this trade keep us from signing other guys over the next 3 years? With the new network I hope not. I wish Jacobs well in Miami and I hope he wins rookie of the year.

Bob Inzerillo
December 28, 2005
They trade Jacobs and a star pitching prospect, Yusmiero Petit, plus a 3rd guy, Grant Psomas for a guy whose best years may very soon be behind him. Carlos Delgado has been an excellent hitter for years, but now he comes to the Mets at 33, one year after he says they insulted him when they sought him as a free agent.

Jacobs showed some power in a short time, a lefty bat who hit line drives, he moved to 1b and looked good there, and he's a catcher. All these things make him a player other teams want, except the Mets.

What if Delgado turns into Bobby Bonilla, Mo Vaughn, guys who were gonna put up MORE huge numbers FOR them. Well, they got it wrong, because they only GOT more huge WITH them.

January 15, 2006
I saw Mike in Florida in Feb 03. He caught an exhibition game, and played with an incredible passion. He got 2 hits, one was a homer that travelled 430 feet. A player like him is once in a lifetime. The fans are going to be very sorry when they see what they lost.

The third worst trade in Mets history.

Samuel Webb
February 22, 2006
Most Brooklyn fans (if they were paying attention) remember Jacobs for winning the first Cyclones game ever. Or for hitting their first ever grand slam. I remember those things fondly, but I wasn't at the games. I was at the game in which a drunken fan ran out onto the field and started running the bases.

Jacobs had already singled himself out in the game from the nameless mass of minor leaguers with some kind of clutch hit, I can't recall exactly. Anyway, as this fan rounded third, fat security guards trailing behind him, Mike Jacobs stood in full catcher garb, waiting patiently at home plate. When the inebriated idiot reached home Jacobs, in a sudden smashing movement, body slammed him and pinned him to the ground. The guy lay flat as Jacobs stood and dusted himself off. Keyspan roared!--best non-game related sports moment of my life. The 'Clones ultimately lost, but Mike Jacobs was a hero, and I remember him vividly.

I didn't see Mike Jacobs again for four years. However, as fate would have it, I chose to go to that game against the Nationals, when Benson couldn't make it out of the first. It was hot and miserable and I was about ready to give up hope when Jakey came to the rescue again. My family and I were probably the only people screaming their heads off at Shea when Jacobs was announced as a pinch-hitter. Never, in our wildest dreams, however, did we anticipate he would deliver that sensational home run. Or 4 homers in 4 games. Or 11 homers in 100 at bats. That's a pace to hit 55 home runs!--and what a beautiful swing!

Breaks my heart to lose him. Good luck, Jakey! Win Rookie of the Year.

Ed Wagner
March 5, 2006
On Wednesday March 1, 2006, I met and shook hands with the incredible Mr. Jacobs in Jupiter. Impressed with him has to be a huge understatement. My feet have yet to touch this planet. A down to earth guy with a very special talent. He then took batting practice; one after the other launched over the right field fence. What a display he put on. I almost feel sorry for National League pitchers and how their ERA'ss are going to be affected. He will be our '06 rookie of the year.

A day I will never forget!

Gregory Gewirtz
March 29, 2006
Jacobs was called up to be a backup catcher because Piazza was out briefly with a minor fracture in his hand. As it turns out, Jacobs might never actually get to catch in the major leagues, since the Marlins seem to be following the Mets belief that the rigors of catching lessened Jacobs' ability to hit and the health of his right shoulder.

The league just couldn't get Jacobs out during his first week as a Met. What a series in Arizona, for Jacobs, as well as Wright, Reyes, and Castro!

Jamey Bumbalo
April 12, 2006
Jacobs showed great ability and much potential, and we traded him for Delgado, a proven star who should give us a couple excellent years before age inexorably slows him down. I hope I'm wrong, although I wish Mike Jacobs a great career (so far in 2006 he's picked up where he left off in 2005), but I think over time the trade will prove to be a mistake. This might end up being a classic example of short- term versus long-term gains.

armando looper
May 24, 2006
I liked him; I thought he might have been pretty good, but this trade had to be done over and over. Delgado is gonna lead the Mets to the playoffs. No one can honestly tell me that you would rather have Jacobs facing Isringhausen in the NLCS over Delgado. By the way he's having a bit of trouble for the Marlins.

May 31, 2006
He is having trouble with the Marlins because of who he has hitting ahead of him and behind him in the line up. Case in point: Carlos Beltran last season with Matsui and Piazza hitting before and after him, and this season with LoDuca and Delgado. Makes a big difference; take a look at Mike Lowell last season with the Marlins and this season with Boston. If Jacobs was on a different team or still on the Mets he'd be doing well, I have no doubt about it.

Jonathan Stern
March 16, 2007
This was too funny. Last season, the Florida Marlins celebrated Jewish Heritage Day by handing out shirts with Mike Jacobs's name and number on them. One problem: Jacobs isn't Jewish! You'd think someone in the PR department would have at least asked him if he was. Oy vey.

Jared K
April 7, 2007
Holy crap! This dude is too funny! He comes out about a week before the 2007 season, and when asked who's going to win the NL East: He says "The Phillies. The Mets have the bats, but the Phillies have WAY better pitching."

Nevermind this clown didn't say his own team, but you could smell the sour grapes through the newspaper. His 10 little home runs in a meaningless August- September 2005 stretch were a nice "Kevin Maas-like" touch to his stint in New York, but he couldn't hold Carlos Delgado's jock, and he knows it!

Good luck in Miami, baseball's wasteland! You can join players like Ty Wigginton and Vance Wilson, mouthy players who took their trades personally and who the Mets and their fans never missed, and never will!

Joe Figliola
March 13, 2008
Okay, here's another crazy thought: Mike Jacobs returning to the Mets as the team's starting first baseman in 2009.

Of course, it depends on what Carlos Delgado does this year. But would the Mets bank on Delgado, given his age, maintaining any of his old form at the plate if he were given a two-year deal plus a one-year option? Or do you go younger at first and try to get Jacobs back? And then there's Mark Texeira, who I believe signed a one-year deal with the Braves. Would the Mets go after him should they feel Delgado is not in their future plans?

Personally, I like Jacobs as a hitter. But his fielding will remind no one of John Olerud or Keith Hernandez.

It's a dilemma that I'm sure will be discussed following this season.

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