Acquired from the Minnesota Twins for fellow outfielder Alex Ochoa prior to the 1998 season, Rich Becker was slated to be a fourth outfielder for the 98 squad. He was considered a solid defensive outfielder with a decent bat; he was a .267 career hitter at the time of the trade. Becker got off to a fast start with the Mets driving in six runs in his first four games. But from that point his bat was basically nonexistent, plus he had a penchant for striking out. In 100 at bats for the Mets he struck out 42 times. The Mets had finally scene enough and with his average at .190 they placed him on waivers in the middle of June. He finished out the season with the Baltimore Orioles.
In 49 games for the Mets Becker batted .190 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.
While with the Mets Becker wore number 6.
Rich Becker also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1993-1997
Baltimore Orioles – 1998
Oakland A’s – 1999,2000
Milwaukee Brewers – 1999
Detroit Tigers – 2000