November 20, 2013 Almon was selected out of high school by San Diego in the 1974 Amateur Draft. His family decided he should attend college so he earned a degree at Brown. He joined the Mets in '81 when the Expos optioned him to the minors. He played with tendon and back injuries in place of Doug Flynn and only hit .170.
The Mets picked him up again in '87, even though he was at the end of his career. He was pretty steady in the field but never a particularly good hitter, except for an odd year with the Padres and White Sox.
November 20, 2013 Brooks finally shined as an All-Star after he was dealt to Montreal (sound familiar?). But at least we got Gary Carter.
I was too young to see Brooks in his first stint with the Mets. I only saw him when he came back in '91, when he had the unenviable task of replacing Darryl Strawberry in right. Brooks was pretty much at the end of his career. His numbers had plummeted and he seemed to have problems with every ball that was hit to him.
Like the earlier post, though, I do remember that mammoth home run he hit at the Vet. There were landmark Phillies home runs that were marked at different spots in the upper deck and Brooks's home run exceeded many of them. Unsurprisingly, the Vet didn't mark that one and I think the distance was even underreported.
November 20, 2013 Cleon was my hero growing up. I read his book that he published in 1970. He sounded so well polished and polite but I did notice he had an attitude in the 70's. Can anyone tell me what was happening to Cleon then? Plus, when he was released from the Mets in 75 I stopped watching BB for years.
November 20, 2013 Brandon Knight. I was lucky(?) enough to see him pitch in two games out of his four with the Mets. The second happened to be his final Mets game in which he pitched well enough to win the game. I liked his story of determination to make it to the Mets after a long run in the minors and in international ball. Was glad to see him win a game. Good luck Brandon wherever you are!
November 20, 2013 The Mets not resigning him was a mistake. He was part of the heart and soul of the championship 1986 team. They got cheap after he helped win it all, a mistake. It's no wonder why they didn't win it all again after breaking up a championship team by letting him and Kevin Mitchell walk.
November 20, 2013 I played against Gary Kroll in the 1960 California League. When the games started at the Bakersfield ballpark the sun was setting over the center field fence behind the pitcher. I hit second in our Modesto lineup so my first at bat was when the sun was setting over the pitcher's right shoulder. If a six-foot-six 200-pound righthander wasn't intimidating enough imagine facing Gary with the sun in your eyes.
That was more intimidating than facing 100-mile-per-hour, wild-throwing lefthander Steve Dalkowski who pitched at Stockton that season.
November 20, 2013 There was no rationale for trading Jon at the end of 1977. He had an off-year, but there was nothing wrong with his arm. Pitching is the hardest thing to get in MLB, and Jon was one of the premier hurlers in the National League, and a lefty to boot. He would have provided stability to the staff in the late 70s/early 80s, when the Mets desperately needed an anchor.
November 20, 2013 Although they pitched in the same game three times, Jeremy Hefner was always followed later in the game by Collin McHugh. It was never the other way around. Just once I would have liked to have seen the Mets employ the McHugh-Hefner combo.
November 20, 2013 Looking over the "Least Popular" list of Mets and I ran into Ricky Otero. Ricky Otero was the kind of player that drives me crazy. He had one skill which was that he was relatively fast. He could not hit a lick and I doubt any of his hits for the Mets made it to the outfield. I remember him more from his time with the Phillies where he may have even started for a while. A poor man's (ok, a REALLY poor man's) Vince Coleman.
November 20, 2013 Hard to believe he is in the list of least popular Mets player searches. I am still waiting for Gary Rajsich to become a star. He was a big lug, much like Lucas Duda, who was going to be the next Dave Kingman. I remember being very excited to see him arrive from the minors after the big build up in the press. The only problem was that he swung really hard but could not hit and the Mets gave up on him pretty quickly (or so I thought at the time). I believe he had a brother who was a pitcher and if I recall, threw really hard but couldn't pitch. Must have been a fun wiffle ball game when the Rajsich boys squared off in the back yard.
November 8, 2013 Just found out that he's a BULLY! In the wake of the Miami Dolphins scandal, it was reported that Jon threw a bucket of water at Matt Harvey while Matt was taking a nap. No wonder that Bully Jon wasn't re-signed by the Mets in 2013.
November 20, 2013 I served in the same unit with Leroy in 1967. I remember talking with him about baseball and was amazed at his knowledge of the game. He also talked about the Army trying to get him to play softball and he was refusing to do so since he felt it would hurt his game. He also said he was going to be in the big leagues one day. I think he was getting extra duty because of his statement to them that he wasn't going to play for the Army team. I have most of his baseball cards and tried to go see him play in Seattle when he was with the Mariners. It is funny how some people you talk to just a few times impress you the most.
November 20, 2013 I knew Rusty pretty well when he had his restaurant at 73rd and 3rd. About 10 years ago, I wrote several tributes to him at this site and for some reason they were taken down and so I had not come back until now.
I forgot all that I wrote except I am sure I included how I used to kid Rusty that he should have taken the DH job in Toronto instead of coming to NY. As a DH, he would have reached all the career numbers needed to easily get into the Hall of Fame.
I moved to Dallas 35 years ago and lost touch, but I always had a lot of respect for Rusty. It does not surprise me at all that he has done so much for the City.
November 20, 2013 I forgot that Pat Tabler was a Met for a short period of time during the (failed) pennant race of 1990. I remember him mostly from his days with the Indians and then with the Blue Jays where he had some big hits. He was a good player but was really an AL player without a real position for the Mets.
November 20, 2013 I didn't like trading him for Johnson in 1984, and I don't like it now. Pitching is the hardest thing to find in the big leagues, and Terrell was a #3 starter on any team, a lock to win double digits, and the guy was a workhorse. The Mets had a glut on the left side of their infield at the end of 1984, with Hubie, Santana, and Knight, plus Mitchell and Magadan in the minors. It is true H. Johnson had 3 productive years for the Mets (1987-1989), but then there were other options by that point (Magadan/Jeffries). I'd rather have had Terrell in 1985/1986.
November 20, 2013 Kelvin got some attention in the New York media when he was first called up from AAA. He was 30 (or going on 30), which made him ancient for a player who was reaching the majors for the first time. He gets an E for effort.