Former Mets outfielder Keon Broxton must really be glad to be out of New York.
In his first at-bat as an Oriole, Broxton, who was traded to Baltimore on Wednesday, belted a 474-foot, two-run homer in the third inning of Friday night’s game against the Rockies.
Broxton, whom the Mets were able to unload for $500,000 in international pool money, hit just .143 in 49 at-bats this season, struggling in limited playing time before the Amazin’s had seen enough. The Mets called up Carlos Gomez from Triple-A Syracuse to replace Broxton after the Saturday DFA.
Broxton was a disgruntled player before he left the Mets, blaming his lack of use for his poor offensive production.
“From the start of the season, I’ve been surprised at why I haven’t been playing as much and why I haven’t got as many opportunities,” Broxton said a week before he was traded.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen had acquired Broxton from the Brewers in January for reliever Bobby Wahl and a pair of prospects, trying to strengthen the Mets’ depth.