Right-handed pitcher Doug Linton, who had two brief stints in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays and California Angers, was signed by the Mets as a free agent prior to the 1994 season. He made the Mets pitching staff out of Spring Training and made his Met debut on April 8th pitching 2/3 of an inning out of the bullpen in the Mets 6-3 loss to the Houston Astros. Linton would continue to pitch out of the bullpen and over his first 15 appearances won four games while posting a 2.81 ERA.
At the end of May, the Mets gave Linton a shot in the starting rotation. Linton started three games and averaged five innings per start posting a 1-1 record before moving back to the bullpen. He continued to pitch out of the bullpen before being farmed out to triple A, on July 10th. With the Norfolk Tides, he started three games and posted a 2-1 record with a 2.00 ERA. He was promoted back to the Mets in August and appeared in four more games out of the bullpen before the players strike shut down the season.
Linton left the Mets as a free agent following the season and signed with the Kansas City Royals. In 32 games for the Mets he won 6 games while losing 2 and posted a 4.47 ERA in 50 1/3 innings. Linton bounced around baseball over the next five seasons and eventually made his way back to the Met organization in 2001. He pitched the entire 2001 season with the Norfolk Tides where he posted a 7-3 record with a 3.21 ERA in 12 starts. He left the Met organization following the season and once again bounced around baseball before retiring after the 2004 season.
While with the Mets Linton wore number 30.
Doug Linton also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1992,1993,2003
California Angels – 1993
Kansas City Royals – 1995,1996
Baltimore Orioles – 1999