The Mets acquired outfielder Gil Flores from the California Angels on July 28, 1978 in exchange for a player to be named later. The next day the Mets sent Pepe Mangual to the Angels to complete the trade. Flores initially reported to the Tidewater Tides, the Mets triple-A affiliate, before getting the call to New York in September. Flores made his Met debut on September 5th against the Pittsburgh Pirates pinch-hitting for Jerry Koosman. For the record, he reached on an error by the shortstop. He would go on to appear in 11 games hitting .276 with a 1 RBI. He recorded his first hit as a Met on September 9th, as the Mets leadoff hitter, he singled to open the game.
Flores spent the entire 1979 with the Mets, serving mainly as a pinch hitter and late inning defensive replacement. In 70 games, he hit just .194 with a home run and 10 RBI’s. His only home run was a solo shot on August 19th against the Cincinnati Reds.
1979 would be his last year with the Mets, but he did remain in the organization. He spent the next 5 seasons playing in the minors for the Tidewater Tides.
In 81 games over 2 seasons Flores hit .213 with 1 home run and 11 RBI’s.
While with the Mets Flores wore number 17.
Gil Flores also played for the California Angels in 1977.