All of them hit home runs in their first at-bat as a member of the New York Mets.
Here are some additional interesting facts about this list:
- Three of the 12 players — Robinson Cano, Rajai Davis and Aaron Altherr — accomplished the feat in the same season (2019).
- As of July 2020, only one player is on the current roster: Robinson Cano.
- Four of the players — Benny Ayala, Mike Fitzgerald, Kaz Matsui and Mike Jacobs — homered in their first major league at-bat.
- Two players — Mike Bordick and Kaz Matsui — homered on the first pitch of their first at-bat with the Mets.
- Three Mets players hit their first HR vs. Nationals, two vs. Cardinals and Phillies and only one against an American League opponent.
- In games where a Mets player hit their first HR in their first at-bat, the team has won 10 of the 12 games.
METS PLAYERS WHO HOMERED IN THEIR FIRST AT-BAT
- Benny Ayala (1974 vs. Astros)
- Mike Fitzgerald (1983 vs. Phillies)
- Rick Cerone (1991 vs. Phillies)
- Jose Vizcaino (1994 vs. Cubs, walked in his first plate appearance)
- Todd Pratt (1997 vs. Marlins)
- Mike Bordick (2000 vs. Cardinals)
- Bubba Trammell (2000 vs. Cardinals)
- Kazuo Matsui (2004 vs. Braves)
- Mike Jacobs (2005 vs. Nationals)
- Robinson Cano (2019 vs. Nationals)
- Rajai Davis (2019 vs. Nationals)
- Aaron Altherr (2019 vs. Tigers)
METS REWIND EXCLUSIVE: BENNY AYALA
Benny Ayala stepped off a plane at LaGuardia airport just hours before first pitch and raced across the street to Shea Stadium. One day earlier he was playing for the Tidewater Tides in Norfolk, Virginia, now the 23-year old rookie was starting his first major league game for the New York Mets in place of Cleon Jones, who injured his knee a day earlier.