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Kurt Abbott
Kurt Abbott
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 252 of 1043 players
Kurt Thomas Abbott
Born: June 2, 1969 at Zanesville, O.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 198

Kurt Abbott was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 9, 2017.

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First Mets game: April 5, 2000
Last Mets game: October 26, 2000

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Mr. Sparkle
March 29, 2001
When they signed him I thought this was a great pick up for a utility infielder having been on the Marlins championship.. He did next to nothing. Reminded me of Bill Pecota.

May 2, 2001
Might have had the worst looping righthanded swing I ever saw. A walking strikeout. Just put a fastball on the inner half and he couldn't even get close. If it was outer half, he could hit it.

Two World Series memories...just missed a home run by a couple of feet of Rivera in Game 1. If it goes out, the Mets win. Instead, he gets stranded at 3rd and doesn't come home on a ground ball. Still haunts me.

Even worse, getting picked off by Pettitte at first base in Game 5. Everybody knew that when Tino Martinez is playing behind you that he is going to sneak in and take a pickoff throw. This idiot forgot. Valentine ripped into him afterwards. That play ended whatever chance he had of coming back with the Mets this year.

Ray Carlson
October 7, 2001
Abbott had a tough year but what I remember most is when I had the opportunity to meet the man not a player. Unlike most of these players he was very kind and didn't act like he was in a hurry. Maybe if all the players were a class act like Abbott baseball would be a better game.

Won Doney
January 26, 2002
I remember he was the last out in game 2 of the 2000 World Series. It was horrible. The Yankees had a 5 or 6 run lead when the Mets started a rally. Even with two outs, it looked like the Mets were going to come back and win. Then Kurt Abbott came to bat...

February 21, 2002
"and the throw to first, and picked off is abbott, can u believe this"- gary cohen's call of abbott screwing up in game 5.

Pete Caldera as DB
June 9, 2002
A total loss. For one this guy was injury prone. For two when he was healthy he couldn't hit. I would have rather had David Lamb than this guy. Abbott was a great starting(!) shortstop for Florida for many years. What the hell happened to this guy? He played a little bit with the Braves last year but soon went to the minors. Now he is in the minor leagues with Minnesota. Again I ask, what the hell happened to this guy?

Gregory Gewirtz
August 2, 2002
I didn't understand why:

A) They didn't play Abbott more in the OF, like he had previous years, just to get him some regular at-bats. He batted so infrequently, you could expect him to be rusty at the plate. I don't want to excuse his suckage, but he mostly rotted on the bench.

B) Why they always insisted this guy was a better fielding SS than McEwing. McEwing had the arm for third base, and the range for second, but they didn't let him play short until 2001. Abbott had stone hands and a wild arm, and should have been kept at second and corner OF, with emergency time at third or short.

Danny Mccullers
May 2, 2005
Kurt Abbott is just a nice guy. I was the head concierge at the building he lived in on the upper east side of Manhattan while he played for the Mets. He was always kind and courteous and generous with his time and autographs. Kurt made us guys feel like he was one of us by telling us he just thought it was great that he got paid for playing baseball.

Jonathan Stern
December 18, 2005
I did not know until after the fact that Abbott had been around for a while before he came to the Mets. I thought he was to the 2000 Mets what Kevin Elster was to the 1986 squad. He did help a couple of teams reach (and, in the case of the 1997 Marlins, win) the Fall Classic. Wish I could say the same.

April 23, 2008
I never liked Kurt Abbott, but at the time the Mets shortstop options were him or Mike Bordick and I hated Bordick with a passion...

In Game 1, he did indeed almost miss a homer, but it wasn't him stranded on third--it was Todd Pratt.

I give him a mild pass for the Game 2 strikeout that ended the game. It wasn't like he came up with runners on base; the bases had just been cleared by Jay Payton with a home run that still left the Mets one run back.

May 23, 2012
Though in retrospect he wasn't very good with the Mets, it always seems like whenever he came up to bat he would hit a home run or some other extra base hit, at least during the games I was watching.

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