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Former Met Bannister headed to Japan

Brian Bannister was one of those Mets pitchers who made a quick first impression. In Bannister’s case, it was also at the plate. He had four hits in his first 10 at-bats, three of those doubles, in 2006.

Alas, it did not last. His 2-0 record and 2.89 earned run average after five starts gave way to the disabled list and, after a brief return, an off-season trade to the Royals. He remained with Kansas City through last season but now has signed with the Tokyo Giants.

Bannister was traded for reliever pitcher Ambiorix Burgos, who never made to a big league game with the Mets but had problems far beyond the diamond. On September 9, 2008, Burgos was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. Prosecutors say he repeatedly punched her on the back, bit her and slapped her.

On October 1 of the same year, Burgos was indicted on charges of hit and run in the  Dominican Republic for striking two women with his SUV. The women later died of their injuries. On August 27, 2010, Burgos was accused of kidnapping and poisoning his ex-wife. Police in the Dominican Republic charged Burgos with kidnapping and attempted murder. That case is pending.


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