Steve Bieser – His New York Mets Career 1997

steve-bieserAfter bouncing around the minors for 8 seasons with the Phillies, Steve Bieser finally got a chance to play in the show with Mets in 1997 after the Mets signed him as a free agent.  A gritty hardnosed player who would do just about anything to win Bieser made the roster out of Spring Training as a backup outfielder.  He gave the Mets great flexibly off the bench with his ability to play all three outfield positions while also serving as the team’s emergency catcher.  But despite playing a very solid outfield for the Mets in the first half of the season he struggled at the plate and demonstrated a lack of power and was sent down to the minors at the end of June and finished out the season with the Norfolk Tides.  

However, during his brief stint in New York, he did manage to etch his name in New York Mets lore.  This occurred on June 18th against the Yankees in game three of the first ever Subway Series at Yankee Stadium.  While on third base and with the Mets trailing by a run in the 7th inning Bieser was able to coax David Cone into committing a balk which allowed the Mets tie the game.  Unfortunately, the Mets would lose the game in extra innings.

Following the season, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 47 games for the Mets he hit .246 with 4 RBIs.

While with the Mets Bieser wore number 29.

Steve Bieser also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1998.

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