The Mets acquired Claudell Washington from the Chicago White Sox on June 7, 1980. He made his Mets debut four days later pinch hitting for pitcher Craig Swan, for the record he struck out. The next day Washington became a regular member of the Mets outfield and enjoyed a solid season as one of the Mets best hitters. In 79 games Washington hit .275 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs. On June 22 in just his seventh game as a Met Washington became the third player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game. In doing so he also joined Babe Ruth and Johnny Mize as the only players to hit three home runs in one game in both leagues having also accomplishing the feat with the White Sox in 1979.
Following the season Claudell Washington signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves.
While with the Mets Washington wore number 15.
Claudell Washington also played for the following teams:
Oakland A’s – 1974-1976
Texas Rangers – 1977,1978
Chicago White Sox – 1978-1980
Atlanta Braves – 1981-1986
New York Yankees – 1986-1988,1990
California Angels – 1989,1990