Terrance Gore, Mr. Pinch Runner, Joins the Mets

Image credit: Terrance Gore (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

One of the most unusual MLB careers of the 21st century appears to have another act.

The Mets have promoted outfielder Terrance Gore to their MLB roster, meaning that the extremely speedy Gore will get a chance to pinch run for a team in a playoff push.

The Mets are virtually assured of a playoff spot, which means Gore could be in consideration for a postseason roster spot. If he does get onto the Mets postseason roster, it will continue to add to what has been Gore’s calling card. Gore has already played in eight different postseason series and 10 postseason games, which is a remarkable number for a player who has just 77 regular season plate appearances.

More impressively, Gore has three World Series rings to go with his 15 MLB hits.

Gore, 31, signed with the Mets on June 7. He was promoted to the big leagues on Aug. 31. Gore has now played for the Mets, Braves, Dodgers, Cubs and Royals.

Gore last got an MLB at-bat in 2019, when the Royals gave him the only regular MLB playing time he’s seen. This will be his third MLB team since then. He pinch ran for the Dodgers near the end of the regular season in 2020 on the Dodgers way to a World Series crown. He didn’t get into a game in the postseason but he was on the Dodgers Wild Card Series roster. Gore then pinch ran for the Braves in the Division Series against the Brewers in 2021 on the Braves run to a World Series title.

Gore also was part of the Royals’ 2014 American League champion squad and their 2015 World Series win.

Gore has proven to be the closest 21st century comparable to Herb Washington, the A’s pinch runner of the 1970s. He may not be as fast as he was when he first reached the majors with the Royals in 2014, but he posted a 30.1 feet per second sprint speed in his lone Triple-A series that was played in a stadium with Hawkeye and he’s swiped 10 bases in 12 tries in the minors this year.

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