Former Beloved New York Mets All-Star Passes Away

The New York Mets have lost a member of their family today, as it's been announced that 4-time All-Star catcher John Stearns has passed away at the age of 71.

Stearns played 11 years with the Mets, from 1974 through 1984, making the All-Star team on four occasions. He really made his mark as a great catcher behind the plate, and a great presence in the clubhouse. His lifetime marks at the plate include a .260 average and .717 OPS. 

 RIP John Stearns. We're so happy he was able to make it out to Old Timers Day just a few weeks ago. Was great to see this legend catch up with his old teammates, coach first base, and salute the crowd. While we never got to see him play in person, this legend will live forever.

With the nickname "The Bad Dude", Stearns played the game with emotion and heart. He will forever be remembered by Mets fans of that era. And his ability to gut it out and make it to Old Timers Day this summer, despite his health issues, is a testament to his fortitude.

RIP John Stearns.

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