The New York Mets have announced that they will retire the No. 36 jersey of retired left-hander Jerry Koosman next year.
Koosman, 76, was a left-handed pitcher who played for the Mets from 1967-78. He was a part of that 1969 World Series team and was a two-time All-Star. Koosman was selected to the Midsummer Classic in both 1968 and 1969. He’s also been inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.
Those two seasons in which he was selected as an All-Star were obviously two of his top campaigns. In 1968 he finished with a 19-12 record with a 2.08 ERA. He then finished with a 17-9 record and a 2.28 ERA in 1969
Along with pitching for the Mets, Koosman additionally spent time with the Minnesota Twins from 1979-81, the Chicago White Sox from 1981-83, and the Philadelphia Phillies from 1984-85.
The left-hander had a lifetime record of 222-209, with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.259 WHIP. He finished his career with 2,556 strikeouts. Koosman was always the second guy in the rotation behind the legendary Tom Seaver, who pitched for the Mets from 1967-77.
At this time, there’s no clear date nor time for when the jersey retiring ceremony will occur. If there were to be a guess, the organization and the Wilpons won’t announce the date until this upcoming offseason is in full swing. However, regardless of when exactly it lands, it’ll without a doubt be a memorable day for the organization and their fans.