The Mets acquired first baseman Rico Brogna from the Detroit Tigers on March 31, 1994 in exchange for Alan Zinter. After starting the 1994 season in the minors Brogna made his Met debut on June 22 against the Atlanta Braves, he went 0-3 as the starting first baseman. Brogna took over as the Mets everyday first baseman and became one of the team’s best hitters. He was hitting .351 with 7 home runs and 20 RBIs when the 1994 season was shut down due to the player’s strike.
Brogna returned in 1995, homering on Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies, it was the first home run hit at Coors Field. Brogna would become the Mets everyday first baseman and was the Mets most productive hitter leading the team in every major offensive category. He finished the season with a .289 average and 22 home runs and 76 RBIs while also playing a gold glove caliber first base.
In 1996 Rico Brogna was hitting .255 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs when his season was shut down in the middle of June with a labral tear in his right shoulder. 1996 would be Brogna’s last season with the Mets as he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on November 27, 1996 in exchange for pitchers Ricardo Jordan and Toby Borland.
Overall Rico Brogna appeared in 228 games and hit .291 with 36 home runs and 126 RBIs.
While with the Mets Brogna wore number 26.
Rico Brogna also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1992
Philadelphia Phillies – 1997-2000
Boston Red Sox – 2000
Atlanta Braves – 2001