Wong signs with New York Mets

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FOR­MER Perth Heat short­stop Joey Wong has signed a mi­nor-league deal with the New York Mets.

The 30-year-old will join the Mets’ Dou­ble-A side Bing­ham­ton Rum­ble Ponies and could make his de­but on Tues­day (US time) against the Rich­mond Fly­ing Squir­rels.

Hav­ing played in the Colorado Rock­ies and Seat­tle Mariners or­gan­i­sa­tions since 2009, Wong started the 2018 sea­son in In­de­pen­dent Ball with the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs, where he was hit­ting .239 with five RBIs in 18 games be­fore sign­ing with the Mets this week.

Heat chief ex­ec­u­tive Lach­lan Dale said Wong’s sign­ing re­flected the na­ture of pro­fes­sional base­ball.

“It’s cut-throat; only the strong­est sur­vive,” he said. “Joey’s been on the cusp of the Ma­jor Leagues in the past, hope­fully he can get back to that form for the Mets or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

The Chi­nese in­ter­na­tional has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in the mi­nor leagues, hav­ing amassed 775 ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing 130 in 2017.

As well as this, Wong be­came a fan­favourite dur­ing his two stints with Perth be­tween 2013-15 and then again in 2016-17.

Pic­ture: Joe Vella SMP Im­ages / ABL Me­dia

Joey Wong has been signed up by the New York Mets.

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