Terry Blocker – His New York Mets Career 1985

Terry BlockerTerry Blocker was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 1981 amateur draft with the 4th overall pick.  He worked his way through the Mets minor league system and was considered by many in the organization to be a future star. But it didn’t work out that way.  After making the team out of spring training in 1985 Blocker struggled and was often overmatched at the plate.  He appeared in 18 games and hit just .067 (1 for 15).  His one hit came on June 2 against the San Diego Padres in one of his rare starts in left field.

But then on June 9 his Met career literally came to a crashing halt.  Playing the outfield during the second game of a doubleheader Blocker collided with Danny Heep on a fly ball in one of the more horrific collisions in Mets history.  The play resulted in an inside-the-park grand slam and ended Blocker’s season. 

After recovering from his injuries, he was sent back down to the minors and for the next two seasons he played for the Tidewater Tides.  The Mets finally cut ties with Blocker following the 1987 season by trading him to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitcher Kevin Brown. 

While with the Mets Blocker wore number 21.

Terry Blocker also played for the Atlanta Braves in 1988 and 1989.

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