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Billy Taylor
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 585 of 975 players
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William Howell Taylor
Born: October 16, 1961 at Monticello, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.08 Weight: 235

Billy Taylor was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on July 9, 2010.

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First Mets game: August 1, 1999
Last Mets game: September 28, 1999





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murphy
Hey, Billy Taylor is an All Star this year. Unfortunately, it was the Triple A All Star Game. And true to form, this disgrace gave up 5 runs in his one inning of All Star work. The Billy Taylor for Jason Isringhausen trade will go down as Steve Phillips' worst move, bar none.

Mr. Sparkle
March 1, 2001
How many guys are rookies at the age of 32?? How many of those guys go on to make any contribution at all?

murphy
May 2, 2001
Bad news Billy Taylor fans. Looks like his major league career may be over at the young age of 40. Was signed by the Pirates, appeared in a couple of games, and was released. A moment of silence for the end of the career of quite possibly the worst relief pitcher in Mets history. Billy, you are a legend to me.

flushing flash
May 21, 2001
Worst relief pitcher in Mets history? Not unless Rich Rodriguez was just a bad dream I had after eating some rancid chicken.

murphy
May 24, 2001
Rich Rodriguez is the worst lefthanded reliever in Mets history, no doubt about it. But in my personal opinion, Taylor was actually worse. This guy was supposed to be the second closer to give Benitez some rest. He was flat out awful. My vote for the worst.

kinerskorner
May 24, 2001
murphy, you may be right...especially in light of pedro martinez, er, I mean, rich rodriguez's "turnaround" in 2001 (check out his line with the indians). taylor was awful, there's no doubt about it. wasnt he actually pretty good with oakland for a couple of years, though? it would figure.

murphy
June 8, 2001
I am obsessed with hating Billy Taylor. Here are his numbers with Oakland from 1996-1999 and then his Mets numbers to compare how much he sucked in New York:

1996 - 6-3, 17 saves, 4.33 ERA, .231 BA against 1997 - 3-4, 23 saves, 3.82 ERA, .254 BA against 1998 - 4-9, 33 saves, 3.58 ERA, .255 BA against 1999 - 1-5, 26 saves, 3.98 ERA, .287 BA against

With the Mets:

0-1, 0 saves, 8.10 ERA, .345 BA against

Thinking about Taylor makes me ill. I can still see the home run he gave up against the Dodgers at Shea to blow a save the first time Valentine put him in to give Benitez a rest. I HATE BILLY TAYLOR!!!!

Doug Cardamone
July 18, 2002
You Mets fans are too cruel. I have a bunch of great memories of Billy Taylor from his Oakland days, and wen I met him at an A's FanFest, he was a great guy. My buddy and I would watch every A's game we could, and after each of Billy's dominant saves, we'd stand, shake hands, and say, "Shake my hand like I'm Billy Taylor and you are, too." The tradition survives to this day. Thanks for all the great games and great memories, Billy!

Shari
July 20, 2002
We Met fans aren't cruel, we are just tired of players who are great coming to the Mets and stinking up the place. Sorry thats what Billy-Boy did, and we Met fans call them as we see them. He sucked when he pitched with the Mets, end of story.

Mr. Sparkle
November 26, 2002
Billy was a rookie at age 32 and came to the Mets at 37. I remember when we traded for him Suzyn Waldheim on the FAN said what a great trade the Mets had made. I think she was just full of it because she doesn't really like the Mets. Overall, he's one of the worst, definitely in the league of Rojas, Rich Rodriguez, Komayama, and Allen Watson.

Gregory Gewirtz
February 9, 2003
The reasons given for his gross futility were varied. One of them was that a high school or college pitcher he was mentoring was struck by lightning and killed shortly after Taylor's arrival with the Mets.

Izzy had run out of chances with the Mets, but I have no idea why the Mets never thought to give him a few week audition in short relief before trading him for the aged veteran.

Don
December 11, 2003
Don't even remind me of him. He was a dominant closer with the A's, but fell flat on his face with the Mets. Go figure.

benicetobilly!
January 4, 2004
Hey, let's not criticize Billy Taylor no more. He's a nice fella and knowing him personally has taught me many good things about life in the big leagues.

Mario
December 27, 2004
At 6'8", this guy was hailed in some circles as "The RJ Unit" of closers.

At 37 years old, there were only so many pitches that the ravages of age would allow for.

We Mets fans learned this lesson the hard way.









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