Tom Paciorek was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the middle of the 1985 season in exchange for minor leaguer Dave Cochrane. Paciorek was a 13-year veteran outfielder, who had spent the majority of his career as a bench player. He made his Mets debut on July 19 against the Atlanta Braves and went 1-3. He would go on to appear in 46 games for the Mets mainly as a pinch hitter but also splitting time between the outfield and first base. As the Mets battled the Cardinals down the stretch Paciorek got many key hits, but despite his heroics the Mets fell short in their pursuit to win the National League Eastern Division. He hit .284 with a home run and 11 RBIs while with the Mets.
1985 would be his only season with the Mets. Paciorek signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers in the off-season.
While with the Mets Paciorek wore number 44.
Tom Paciorek also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1970-1975
Atlanta Braves – 1976-1978
Seattle Mariners – 1978-1981
Chicago White Sox – 1982-1985
Texas Rangers – 1986,1987