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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 317 of 1043 players
Melvin Mora
Born: February 2, 1972 at Agua Negra, Venezuela
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.10 Weight: 160

Melvin Mora was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on July 28, 2010, January 10, 2012, and December 11, 2012.

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First Mets game: May 30, 1999
Last Mets game: July 27, 2000

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Goodbye Melvin and good luck in Baltimore. I'll always remember how you came up big in last year's postseason with your bat and your arm. I just wish you could have played a better shortstop so you could still be here.

May 18, 2001
What a shame the Mets had to give up such a talented, versatile player due to the Ordonez injury. Melvin Mora performed with the courage of a seasoned veteran in the '99 playoffs. Most rookies would have looked like a "deer in headlights" out there!

Jim Snedeker
November 19, 2001
I'll never forget what one of the national TV commentators said about Melvin Mora during the 1999 playoffs: "I want him on MY team next year!"

Mora's play during that time was incredible. Not only did make several outstanding plays in the field in clutch situations, throwing people out at home and on the bases, he also delivered several clutch hits to keep the Mets in games in the late innings (in fact, it was one of Mora's outstanding fielding plays in the previous half-inning that set up Todd Pratt's memorable home run against the D'backs). At one point Bob Murphy said simply, "How do you explain Melvin Mora?"

Unfortunately, when you're this good but don't have a high-profile personality or million-dollar endorsements, you become expendable as trading bait. I haven't checked up on Melvin since he went to the O's. The only thing I've heard about him is that his wife gave birth to quintuplets. I knew he loved New York, and I hope that he's having a good time in the south. And maybe, just maybe, it'd be nice to see him again in a Mets uniform someday.

Joe Figliola
February 14, 2003
Great supersub! He's remembered as much for the rhythmic, New York Rangers-like chant, "MEL-VIN MO-RA!" as he was for his play. Wish the Mets would've kept him; he was fun to score!

Jim Snedeker
June 12, 2003
His wife gave birth to quintuplets (that's 5 kids) last year. And here we are, almost mid-season, and he's leading the American League in batting. Melvin's my man!

Etch 35
June 12, 2003
I liked Melvin when we had him and it is easy to see, based on his performance with the O's that getting rid of him was a mistake despite his hellacious acne.

He showed potential with us but I think he became a victim of the "what have you done for me lately" New York Media. Case in point:

In 2000, Rey Ordonez went down early due to an arm injury. Bobby V threw Melvin out there at shortstop. While he was versatile, he clearly did not belong there. He made a some errors late in back to back games that cost the Mets some wins.

I remember seeing him on the back page of the Daily News with the headline "NO MORA". Next thing you know, he's gone and Mike Bor-Dick eventually takes over.

Remember that? How'd that work out for us? Oh well.

September 12, 2004
Karl Marx said that history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

Melvin Mora is the repetition of Ken Singleton, down to him becoming an All-Star in Baltimore. That's the tragedy.

I'm wondering who the farce is...maybe Roger Cedeno or Mo Vaughn.

Jonathan Stern
April 22, 2005

My greatest thrill ever at Shea Stadium. Even now, I'm amazed when I think of how the 1999 regular season ended. I attended all six of the last six games. After the Mets lost the first three, I thought for sure that it was all over. Bobby V. was going to be fired, the team was going to be dismantled. And there I was three days later, living it up in Baseball Heaven! I was still sitting in my seat an hour after it was over, hoping that Mets players would come out one more time to wave at us to the strains of "L.A. Woman" performed by Jim Morrison and the Doors.

Melvin Mora and prospects for Mike Bordick. You can't make up trades like that.

July 10, 2005
While everybody whines about us trading Kazmir or Phillips, I'm still in mourning over Melvin Mora. I still think this has to go down in Mets history as one of the worst trades we ever made. He was utility player at the time, but he was young, and you could tell he had the talent to be more than your average everyday player. I'll never forget the day I heard we traded him. I was living in Baltimore at the time. Mostly I just remember repeating "Bordick? BORDICK? Mike FREAKIN' Bordick?" over and over.

November 6, 2005
Yeah, Melvin Mora for Mike Bordick. If you rank no- range, aging shortstops over perennial All-Stars, we definitely stole one from the Orioles on this trade.

Jamey Bumbalo
November 24, 2006
As others have pointed out, getting rid of Mora, who has had a fine career with the Orioles, was a mistake. I'll just mention that Mora means blackberry in Spanish, so the Mets have had a strawberry and a blackberry. I doubt any other team can claim those two fruits.

Menachem G. Jerenberg
August 5, 2007
I remember being in America in the summer of 2000, soon after getting interested in baseball, and watching the Mets every day on TV. Mora had been made starting shortstop after Rey Ordonez's injury, and I remember booing him a lot. Finally, during one game with two on and 0 or 1 out, the batter hit a ground ball to Mora--total double play ball. Or not! Mora scooped it up and, for reasons best known to himelf, continued running slowly without ever removing it from his glove; everybody safe, bases loaded. Even I, who barely knew anything about baseball, thought: "Man, that SUCKS." I was so glad when he got traded for Mike Bordick, a REAL shortstop.

Mike A.
November 23, 2007
Mike Bordick a REAL shortstop?!?

Hmmm....maybe in 1990 when he was with the A's and the Bash Brothers. Not in 2000 when he was clearly over the hill, and the Mets gave up a hungry, talented player like Mora for him

That trade, the rapid decline of Ventura, and the gaping hole in the rotation left by Mike Hampton's quest for great Colorado school systems pretty much killed the Mets' chances of contending, let alone repeating.

Mora sure had some great seasons with the otherwise lackluster O's. Whenever the O's had a rare win against the Yanks, it involved Mora.

June 3, 2008
I agree in hindsight the Orioles got the better of this trade, I think calling this one of the worst in team history is a bit of an overstatement. He had a good post season in 1999 after batting .191 in 33 at bats. But plenty of utility players become stars in the post season. Remember Buddy Biancalana? Billy Bates?

Losing Ordonez for most of the year, the Mets needed an everyday shortstop. Mora was a twenty-eight year old back up. And while he has a very good and productive career with the O's, it isn't like he transformed into a superstar. In hindsight maybe he could have filled in at ss for the rest of the season, but let's not get excited about this.

Gr8 Call Ump
January 9, 2011
A very much bad trade by the Mets. Mora was a key player and provided such a spark during the playoff run of '99. He has carved out quite a serviceable career in the bigs.

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