Dan Norman – His New York Mets Career 1977-1980

Dan NormanDan Norman was acquired by the Mets in the infamous Tom Seaver trade on June 15, 1977 along with Pat Zachry, Steve Henderson and Doug Flynn.  Following the trade the Mets immediately shipped Norman to the minors where he played for the Tidewater Tides before getting the call to join the big club in September. 

Norman made his Major League debut on September 27 as pinch hitter for Lenny Randle, he struck out.  The next day as the Mets starting right fielder Norman recorded his first big league hit, a 4th inning single.  Norman would appear in 7 games for the Mets in 1977 and hit .250 (4-16).

Norman returned to Tidewater in 1978 where he spent the season before once again joining the Mets in September.  Norman hit his first Major League home run on September 6 against the Montreal Expos.  He would hit 4 home runs including a 2-homer game against the Phillies on September 15.   Norman also drove in 10 runs in 19 games. 

Norman once again started the 1979 season with the Tidewater Tides before getting called up in in the middle of July.  Norman finished out the season with the Mets and hit .245 with 3 home runs and 11 RBIs in 44 games.   

Norman spent the entire 1980 season with the Mets serving primarily as a pinch hitter but he hit just .185 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs.   He started off the 1981 season back in the minors before being traded to the Montreal Expos along with Jeff Reardon on May 29 in exchange for Ellis Valentine.

In 4 seasons with the Mets Dan Norman appeared in 139 games and hit .230 with 9 home runs and 30 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Norman wore number 33 in 1977 and 1979 and number 9 in 1979 and 1980.

Dan Norman also played for the Montreal Expos in 1982.

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