Though 19 other players have worn No. 7 since the team's inception in 1962, it is common practice for a team to delay re-issuing a number after the departure of a prominent player. When Ed Kranepool retired in 1979 after wearing No. 7 for 15 seasons, for example, the Mets waited a full year before re-issuing the threads.
Recently, however, that has not been the case. The Mets re-issued Carlos Beltran's No. 15 to Val Pascucci last September, just six weeks after trading the longtime Met to the Giants.
Geren, for his part, did not request No. 7; the Mets simply gave it to him.
"Whatever's in my locker," Geren said, "I put it on."