Gil Flores – His New York Mets Career 1978,1979

Gil FloresThe 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.

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