Looking to add a veteran arm to their bullpen the Mets signed right-handed reliever Mike Marshall as a free agent on August 19, 1981. Marshall who was the first reliever to win the Cy Young Award when he won it in 1974 with the Los Angeles Dodgers was nearing the end of his career. In fact, 1981 would be the last season of his 14-year career.
Marshall made his Mets debut on August 19 allowing 2 hits over 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He would go on to appear in 20 games for the Mets finishing with a 3-2 record and 2.61 ERA in 31 innings. His first win came on August 25 against the Houston Astros; he pitched two scoreless innings as the Mets won 2-1.
Marshall retired following the season.
While with the Mets Marshall wore number 28.
Mike Marshall also played for the following the teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1967
Seattle Pilots – 1969
Montreal Expos – 1970-1973
Houston Astros – 1970
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1974-1976
Atlanta Braves – 1976,1977
Texas Rangers – 1977
Minnesota Twins – 1978-1980