The Mets acquired Bob Bailor from the Toronto Blue Jays on December 12, 1980 in exchange for pitcher Roy Lee Jackson. Bailor was a jack of all trades type of player, having the ability to play both the infield and outfield. With the Mets over three seasons he would play 2nd, 3rd and shortstop as well as all three outfield positions.
Bailor’s Mets career did not get off to a great start as he started the 1981 season on the disabled list with a pulled ribcage muscle. He made his Mets debut on April 29th against the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Mets trailing 10-0 he pinch hit for shortstop Frank Taveras in the 8th inning and flew out to centerfield. The Mets used Bailor sparingly in 1981, as he appeared in just 51 games with 81 at bats. He hit a respectable .284 with 8 RBIs. He played a majority of his games at shortstop.
Bailor would appear in 110 games for the Mets in 1982 starting 86 of them. He started the season playing a majority of the games at second base but with the emergence of Wally Backman, he started to see more time at shortstop and third base. He hit .277 for the season and drove in 31 runs while stealing a career best 20 bases.
He started the 1983 season as the Mets everyday shortstop. On April 13 he hit his one and only home run as a Met, a solo shot off of Sid Monge of the Philadelphia Phillies. But a sore rib cage muscle landed him on the disabled list in May. When he returned from the DL he was used primarily as a back-up infielder. He would appear in 118 games for the Mets in 1983 hitting .250 with one home run and 30 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
During the off-season the Mets traded Bailor to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Carlos Diaz in exchange for Sid Fernandez and Ross Jones.
In 279 games for the Mets over three seasons Bailor hit .266 with one home run and 69 RBIs.
While with the Mets Bailor wore number 4.
Bob Bailor also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 1975,1976
Toronto Blue Jays – 1977-1980
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1984,1985