Brad Clontz – His New York Mets Career 1998

Right-handed pitcher Brad Clontz was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Hideo Nomo on June 4, 1998 in exchange for Dave Mlicki and Greg McMichael.  He made his Met debut the next day pitching an inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 9-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.  Following the game he was farmed out to the minors where he finished out the season pitching for the Norfolk Tides.  He returned to the Mets in September and made one more appearance.  On September 8 he pitched two innings and allowed three runs in the Mets 16-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Following the season Clontz signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox but his place in Mets history was not quite over.  On the last day of the 1999 season the Mets were facing the Pittsburgh Pirates and needed a win to at least force a one game playoff for the National League Wild Card.  In the bottom of the 9th inning with the score tied and the bases loaded Clontz, who was now a member of the Pirates, was brought in to face Mike Piazza.  Clontz’s first pitch was wild and Melvin Mora ran home to score the winning run.   The next day the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds to clinch the Wild Card and advance to the postseason for the first time since 1988.

While with the Mets Clontz wore number 49.

Brad Clontz also played for the following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 1995-1997
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1998
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1999,2000

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