Longtime Mets catcher dies at 74

Ron Hodges, a 12-year Major League veteran, departed from this life on Friday at the age of 74, as the New York Mets announced

Hodges played for the Mets for his whole playing career.

Several other teams tried to draught Hodges before he ended up with the Mets.

He was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round of the 1970 draught, but he chose not to sign with them.

Hodges was picked by the Kansas City Royals in January 1971 and the Atlanta Braves in June of the same year.

However, he did not sign a contract until he was chosen by New York in the second round of the secondary phase in the 1972 January draught. Hodges soon made his way to the major levels after signing, making his debut with the Major League

During his debut season in 1973, Hodges adjusted to the role he played for the most of his career, serving as the team's backup catcher and pinch hitter off the bench.

In his first big league game as a professional, Hodges caught Hall of Fame right-hander Tom Seaver. 

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