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Billy Wagner
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 367 of 1043 players
William Edward Wagner
Born: July 25, 1971 at Tannersville, Va.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 5.11 Weight: 200

Billy Wagner was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 11, 2008, and January 12, 2017.


First Mets game: April 3, 2006
Last Mets game: August 24, 2009

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Won Doney
December 18, 2005
Finally...a real closer. He's the first one we've had since the days of Benitez, but he probably has more ability to pitch in meaningful games. No more games like the '05 season opener or that game against the Pirates in July where we dared to think that a victory was in the bag with a 5-1 lead in the 9th. If all goes well with Wagner's health, 2006 should prove to be a more interesting year.

April 3, 2006
Great first outing today against the Nexpos. I don't remember the last time I felt confident going into the 9th with a lead.

June 2, 2006
Armando II anyone? Every time he comes out of the bullpen I start to shake. He has blown so many huge games this year, it is so hard to believe he used to be so good.

Mr. Sparkle
June 17, 2006
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Don't compare him to Armando. Some Met fans can't wait to jump all over a guy. Wagner has blown a few too many games for my tastes but he's still an excellent closer and has been in a great groove for the last 3-4 weeks. He's got a lot more balls than Armando ever had and as long as he stops whining over when and where he's used he'll be fine. Awesome fastball, as long as it moves. Grest to see him save two games in Philly this week. Wagner will be stud down the stretch. Let's just hope I didn't jinx him.

June 21, 2006
I am starting to think Armando II. Especially following his blown save #4 against Reds tonight. Come on wh were those guys? Did I see Pete Rose, Bench, Morgan or some guy named David Ross. He will be the downfall of the 06 team.

Mr. Sparkle
June 22, 2006
I take back what I said in a nice post the other day. I took my family to see him blow a one run lead to the Reds. With 2 out and no one on he walks two and then gives up 2 hits to cough up the lead and the game. I stil don't want to cal him Benitez but that's his 4th blown save, plus he has the blown non-save against the Yankees because it was too large of a lead to be a save and he had another bad loss. He BLOWS.

June 22, 2006
Wagner continues the recent tradition of the Mets of bad closers--Franco, Benitez, Looper and now Wagner. The best part is that he was not credited with a blown save in the game he gave a 4 run lead to the Yankees. Just plain awful. The Phillies said the Mets would regret signing Wagner because he is incapable of pitching on consecutive nights.

Brian M
June 26, 2006
Wagner is has been very underwelming I think. We all expected him to throw 100 mph fast balls by batters and strike out most of the batter he faced. Instead, it's very nerve wracking to watch him pitch as he often walks batters and then gives up a badly timed hit. I have also never seen him break 100 with his fastball...not that 100 and 99 are much different. For the money the Mets are paying him, he should be much better. BJ Ryan is getting a bit less than Wagner and he has an 0.47 ERA. I'd much rather have him right now.

Frank Grimes
July 21, 2006
He's like the 2006 version of Doug Sisk. He gets into a lot of self made jams. He's not as bad as Sisk, but he's no Jesse Orosco either.

October 15, 2006
Look at what I said in my prior message dated 6/22/06 about pitching on consecutive nights and now think of game 2 against the Cards.

I rest my case!!!

Jamey Bumbalo
November 24, 2006
His 2006 stats are extremely impressive: 2.24 ERA, 40 saves, and 94 strikeouts in 72.1 innings. BUT... Whenever he comes into a game, I get nervous (shades of Doug Sisk) and worry about walks and then a hit. He seemed apprehensive about being a country boy coming to New York City (and I can't blame him), so maybe next year he'll feel more comfortable. No matter what, he did well for the Mets.

January 9, 2007
I think Wagner had a great year. Most Mets fans get bullpen envy when we look across the city and see Rivera, but he's an exception, not the norm. Wagner had an awesome year and I'm glad he's on our side. Sure some of his outings were a bit shaky, but tell me who would you rather have from the last 10 years of Mets closers? John Franco? Braden Looper? Armondo Benitez? Nope. I'm happy with Wagner and look forward to seeing what he'll do with a full year in NY under his belt.

Mr. Sparkle
May 24, 2007
I was real nervous with Wagner on the mound last year but so far in 07 he has been pretty damn good. Maybe, like Beltran, he needed a year to get used to NY. Hopefully, he can keep up the good work. He has been awesome so far. I am crossing my fingers and knocking wood as I write this.

Homeless Abdul
June 1, 2007
As of this writing Wagner has successfullly saved THIRTY ONE game chances in a row and has been absoloutely dominant this season. But of course, the next time he blows one everyone will come here and post about how terrible he is.

October 1, 2007
Wagner is an above-average closer who can be dominating. Unfortunately, Mets fans live in a town where Mariano Rivera has rewritten the history book on closers. Wagner is as good or better than other closers like Trevor Hoffman or Bob Wickman, but nobody is Rivera. The Yankees will find that out someday.

Dan Drobnis
March 30, 2008
Despite being a choke artist and an inarticulate, big-headed loudmouth in the media, Billy Wagner is also a disrespectful dim-witted hick of a man. Last Labor Day, I was invited over my friend Mike's house for a barbecue. Mike happens to be close with Billy. Billy showed up late and once he did, he didn't talk to anybody, and was spitting chewing tobacco all over my friend's deck. Oh, and when he finally decided to open his mouth it was to regale my children of his terroristic nights as a youngster doing unholy things to farm animals. Billy Wagner sucks.

Webster Slaughter
April 30, 2008
Dan, what are you talking about? Billy is one of the kindest men out there. I never saw him spit tobakky or tell off-color jokes. He is a gentleman who drinks milk and gets a good night's rest before games. He is good to the Shea faithful and goes out of his way to sign autographs and make people feel comfortable.

June 14, 2008
A few comments back someone writes: "As of this writing Wagner has successfully saved THIRTY ONE game chances in a row and has been absolutely dominant this season. But of course, the next time he blows one everyone will come here and post about how terrible he is..."

Well, you were sort of right, only I'm waiting till he has blown THREE straight saves, all multi-run leads. Maybe you could handle it if this jerk didn't constantly throw his own teammates under the bus. So Billy, Oliver cant go 6, but how come you can't go 1.1?

September 8, 2008
Wow! Today it appears Billy's career as a Met is over as he will be out for 2009 as well! 2010 is an option year. Not bad for a guy who broke his right arm as a kid and learned to throw lefty. Unfulfilled championship but a pretty darn good Met. Good luck Billy!

Mike B
January 23, 2012
Always liked Billy because he never minced words and told it like he saw it. Will never forget him yelling at the reporters post-game when they were interviewing him for a game that he didn't even play in! Rightfully he directed them to Beltran's and Delgado's lockers and assured them that they spoke English. When he was back at CF with the Braves in 2010, my son and I yelled for an autograph while standing in the left field reserve seats. The man could not have been nicer, catching and returning the ball and pen, while talking to us. Miss you Billy; we could use a few more like you these days.

June 7, 2012
Billy Wagner is one of the most overrated closers ever in my opinion. I mean sure he has the good numbers over 400 saves and a good ERA, but the post season numbers speak for themselves. The fact is Billy could never get the job done in big games. People want to blame Beltran for not swinging in game 7 0f the 2006 NLCS or Aaron Heilman for giving up that home run to Molina but the fact of the matter is that series shouldn't have gone to game 7 if it wasn't for Billy Wagner.

Jonathan Stern
August 28, 2012
I remember him crying when he announced his Mets-career-ending surgery. Recounting a conversation with his young son about the injury triggered the tears.

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