Drafted in the first round of the 1980 amateur draft Billy Beane was considered by many in the Mets organization to be a can’t miss prospect. Unfortunately for the Mets and for Beane he missed and never lived up to his five-tool potential.
Beane worked his way through the Mets minor league system but never consistently put up the numbers expected of him. He was given a shot at the Major League level as a September call up in 1984. He made his big-league debut on September 13, 1984 as a pinch hitter for George Foster and grounded back to the pitcher. Beane finished out the season appearing in five games and batted just .100 (1 for 10). He was given one more chance the following September, this time he appeared in 8 games and batted .250 (2 for 8) with 1 RBI.
During the off-season, the Mets who were growing weary of waiting for Beane to blossom traded him to the Minnesota Twins along with Bill Latham and Joe Klink in exchange for Tim Teufel and Pat Crosby. In 13 games for the Mets Beane batted .167.
While with the Mets Beane wore number 43 in 1984 and 35 in 1985.
Billy Beane also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1986,1987
Detroit Tigers – 1988
Oakland A’s – 1989