Juan Samuel was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on June 18, 1989 in one of the most unpopular trades in franchise history. A trade that saw the Mets send fan favorites Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell to the Phillies.
A one time All-Star with the Phillies Samuel began to struggle act the plate in 1988 as the Phillies moved him from second base to the outfield. With the Mets Samuel became their everyday centerfielder but he could never get on track. The more he struggled the louder the boo birds at Shea Stadium became as Met fans could not forgive the organization for trading the popular Lenny Dykstra, who played an integral part in the 1986 World Championship season. Samuel hit just .228 with 3 home runs and 28 RBIs.
Following the season the Mets realizing they had made a mistake and traded Samuel to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for first baseman Mike Marshall and pitcher Alejandro Pena.
While with the Mets Samuel wore number 7.
Juan Samuel also played for the following teams:
Philadelphia Phillies – 1983-1989
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1990-1992
Kansas City Royals – 1992,1995
Cincinnati Reds – 1993
Detroit Tigers – 1994,1995
Toronto Blue Jays – 1996-1998