Mike Scott
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Mike Scott
Mike Scott
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 225 of 1043 players
Michael Warren Scott
Born: April 26, 1955 at Santa Monica, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 215


First Mets game: April 18, 1979
Last Mets game: September 17, 1982

Winner of National League Cy Young award, 1986. (Houston Astros)

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Andy from Rego Park
May, 1981: Fernando-mania sweeps into Shea Stadium as the 20-year-old rookie sensation makes his first start against the Mets. Poor Mike Scott draws the start for the Mets. He duels Fernando all the way, ultimately losing 1-0. A flash of his future greatness, and no scuffmarks.

David Williams
I can remember in '86 when he faced the Mets. I don't want say I didn't have faith Mets fans, but if the Mets had lost game 6 they would've lost game 7. Scott was the only obstacle the Mets couldn't solve. There wasn't a team alive on this planet that could solve him at that time. Not even the HEAVY bats of Carter, Hernandez, Strawberry or Knight. The Mets would've had to pitch a shut-out to win that game. They scored only 1 run in 18 innings against him.

Happy Recap
When I think of Mike Scott in a Mets uniform, one image comes to mind: Him turning around on the mound watching a home run sail over the outfield wall, with an expression on his face that looked like he was in pure anguish. He didn't seem to have to fortitude to make it as a big league pitcher.

Then, a few years later, he's pitching for Houston against the Mets in the 1986 LCS, and he has them completely psyched. The Mets hitters, among the best in the league, are so focused on whether or not Scott is scuffing the ball that they can't figure out how to hit him. It was so aggravating to watch, especially since Mike Scott was the same guy who had looked so frightened when he was a Met. It's true -- if the Mets hadn't won that incredible Game 6 they wouldn't have made it past Mike Scott, and the Astros would have faced the Red Sox in the World Series.

Too bad Scott didn't learn the splitter until after he left the Mets. He was a one-pitch pitcher, but damn what a pitch. He was positively unhittable in Game 1 of the NLCS in '86. Thank god Hernandez woke the team up in Game 6 with that 9th inning triple. The Mets weren't going to beat Scott in Game 7. Just look what happened to them in '88 against Hershiser.

Mr. Sparkle
I was so happy the day they traded him and picked up Danny Heep. Mike was such a lousy pitcher for the Mets I would have taken anything for him. And then bam! He turns into an awesome pitcher. It took me a few years to admit he was any good when he was with the Astros. I'm still amazed he was so bad for us and so good for them. Thank God we won game 6.

July 29, 2001
I just laughed loudly reading what Happy Recap wrote about his look. Must've been around 1980, and I'm 12 years old. Mike Scott is being absolutely destroyed out there, and I'm thinking: I feel so bad for this guy, he is freaked out and what will become of him? What becomes of traumatic stress victims after they leave baseball at 24. I was actually worried about him. Who knew?

August 9, 2001
More than one former Astro, including Phil Garner and Kevin Bass, have admitted that Scott was cutting the ball. As a Met, he was batting practice.

Rob Frame
May 13, 2002
Fifteen years later, people are still crying about Mike Scott "cutting" the baseball. With all of the pitchers out there throwing splitters that have as much drop as Scott's had, I think it is time to realize that he was just ahead of his time. To throw that pitch and be effective you need a couple of things. You must have the ability to throw hard and throw the splitter for strikes. Scott did both as well as any pitcher in the game. His 5 year run from 1986 to 1990 is as impressive as both Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux in the 1990's. Just be glad that there wasn't a game seven, the Mets would not have had a chance.

3rd Base
August 4, 2002
It seems like that fresh Texas air made Mike Scott the sensation of the 80's ... I guess the NY smog clouded his thinking on the mound. Hey, I'm a NY'er, but I just think the mid-west made him the pitcher that made us realize that he's now recognized as one of the past greats!

Big Vin
August 12, 2003
When he played for the Mets and he would get knocked around he put that "woe is me" look on his face. Then when he went to the Astros he had the "who me?" look. Yeah you Mike! Those an do do, those who can't teach and those who can't do either (you!) cheat. More than anything was having to listen to those know-nothing Houston fans cheer his every scuffed up pitch. Just ask Kieth Hernandez!

Jonathan Stern
April 27, 2005
I am in the process of developing a theory about cheaters and the Baseball God (who I do believe in). They may enjoy long and successful careers. They may even make it into the Hall of Fame. But the Baseball God does not allow them to win World Championships. Look at Gaylord Perry, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire after 1994, Amos Otis, etc. The list probably runs longer. I'll have to do the research in order to test my theory. After all, what is time for if not to waste?

If my theory is correct, the 1986 Mets need not have worried so much about Mike Scott. He cheated. Well enough to win the Cy Young. Well enough to be an Astros ace for a few years. Well enough to have a day held at the Astrodome in his honor on the occasion of his retirement. Well enough to be able to devote the bulk of his retirement years to playing golf. And well enough, of course, to win the 1986 NLCS MVP despite pitching for the losers.

He cheated. Cheaters never win. At least not the World Series, if, again, my theory about the Baseball God is correct.

feat fan
March 8, 2006
When GM Frank Casshen traded reserve Danny Heep for a 27-year-old struggling Met starter named Mike Scott, certainly nobody took much notice of the trade. After all, the Astros sported a strong rotation in which Scott was likely pegged as the #5 starter. Heep's career soon foundered in New York and Scott posted a nice 10-6 record in 1983 and followed up with a poor 5-11 showing in 1984.

After his 1984 campaign, Scott met with Roger Craig in the off-season and was taught how to throw a split- finger fastball. After starting the 1985 season with a 5-4 record, Scott mastered his new pitch and won 13 of 15 games to finish the season with an impressive 18-8 record and a 3.29 ERA. But that was just an appetizer for better things to come. In the following year, Scott took his nasty splitter to a new level and finished with an 18-10 record. But that record understates his dominance over the league. Scott led the NL with a 2.22 ERA, 275 IP, 306 K, and lots of other ancillary stats like strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.25), hits/game (5.95) and shutouts (5). Scott pitched well in the All-Star game, but the high point of his season came on September 25, when he no-hit the Giants while simultaneously clinching the division title for the team

After a disappointing 1990 season and only two starts in 1991, Scott was faced with a difficult decision: surgery or retirement. Rather than face over a year of rehabilitation, Scott chose to hang up his spikes.

This ranks as one of those really stupid trades that the AMAZINS have pulled off.

July 19, 2008
Here's a guy who developed the ability to CHEAT - throw an illegal pitch and get away with it. He even won a Cy Young Award by cheating. Too bad he did it after leaving the Mets.

October 9, 2008
Interesting comments on Scottie being a cheater after developing a new pitch taught to him by Roger Craig. He went on to have a great career. Too bad the Mets never hired better coaches or scouts. Teammate of mine. Never would I ever think of him but as a competitor who worked hard to try to get the most out of his talent. Too bad some people always want to look at the negative side of life. One thing about sports you never know how somebody's career will turn out. The gentleman that called him a cheater probably never met him or played with or would say it to his face. Sad.

Randall Plant
June 16, 2010
I think I helped a bit in his pitching. I was one of his roommates at Pepperdine University in his first year there. I kept a few rattlesnakes in our dorm room in a green box in the closet. Mike didn't like being in the room too much and I think it forced him to spend more time on the mound. ha!ha!ha!

community chest
March 28, 2011
I've never seen a pitcher as dominating as Scott was at the end of '86. If there had been a game 7, it's hard to think that the Mets would've won it. Anything could've happened, of course, but my feeling was that Scott had already defeated the Mets in their own minds. Maybe that's why they took game 6 as a do-or-die proposition.

Mister X
July 6, 2012
The fact that he was named MVP of the 1986 National League Championship Series is an absolute travesty. His team lost!!!

david lozano
October 4, 2015
I was teammate of Mike's on the Jackson Mets in 1977. He was one of the quietest and fierce competitors I ever played. When he developed a fork ball with Roger Craig, who helped a lot of pitchers. What a travesty it would have been had he not gotten the MVP in the NLCS. The Mets had to win Game Six because they knew that they would not be able to beat Mike Scott in Game 7. Wake up. Quit being sore winners.

Mister X
October 17, 2015
Sorry, David, but you are WRONG! You're probably just favoring your old minor league teammate. Mike's pitching didn't result in a title for the Astros. The award should have gone to either Lenny Dykstra, who batted .304, hit a walk-off homer and tripled in the ninth inning to start a Game Six rally, or Jesse Orosco, who had three wins and dominated the Houston team in relief (despite Hatcher's homer) more than Scott did the Mets.

November 10, 2015
In the minds of the voters, Scott pitched well enough to earn the MVP of a post-season series his team didn't win. But what was it worth to him? When Daniel Murphy got the same honor in 2015, he indicated that it meant his team was going to the World Series. That's something Mike couldn't possibly say in '86.

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