After starting the 1996 season in the minors, first baseman/outfielder Andy Tomberlin got the call to join the Mets in the middle of June. He made his Met debut on June 17 and flew out to centerfield as a pinch hitter for pitcher Paul Byrd. On June 20, as their starting right fielder Tomberlin recorded his first hit as a Mets as well as his first home run. He finished out the season with the Mets serving primarily as a pinch hitter and hit .258 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.
Tomberlin made the Met squad out of Spring Training in 1997 but appeared it just 6 games before being sidelined for the season with a herniated disk. At the time, he was hitting .286 (2 for 7). Following the season, he was granted free agency and signed with the Detroit Tigers. He returned to the Mets in 1999 but spent the entire season in the minors and never made it back to New York.
Over two seasons Andy Tomberlin appeared in 69 games and batted .260 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.
While with the Mets Tomberlin wore number 33.
Andy Tomberlin also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1993
Boston Red Sox – 1994
Oakland A’s – 1995
Detroit Tigers – 1998