George Foster – His New York Mets Career 1982-1986

george-fosterWhen the Mets acquired George Foster from the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 1982 season they were sending a message to their fans that after years of futility they were willing to begin spending money to put a winning team on the field.  After all, Foster a former league MVP who once hit 52 home runs in a season was one of the most feared sluggers in the game.  Unfortunately Foster never quite lived up to his billing and struggled through most of his Met career.

During his first season in New York Foster hit just 13 home runs and drove in only 70 runs, a far cry from the 30 or so home runs he was expected to hit.  With his lack of production, he became a constant target of the boo birds at Shea Stadium.  He rebounded to put up some decent numbers with the Mets with his best season coming in 1983 when he led the team with 28 home runs and 90 RBIs.  But his lack of clutch hitting continued to be a sore spot among Met fans.  Fortunately for Foster the Mets began to acquire more star players such as Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez and therefore became less reliant on him as they became one of the top teams in the National League.

With the Mets coasting to their first postseason appearance since 1973 the Mets released Foster on August 6, 1986.  At the time, he was hitting just .227 with 13 home runs and had fallen into disfavor with Mets management.

During his five years with the Mets Foster hit .252 with 99 home runs and 361 RBIs.

While with the Mets George Foster wore number 15. 

George Foster also played for the following teams:
San Francisco Giants – 1969-1971
Cincinnati Reds – 1971-1981
Chicago White Sox – 1986

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