The Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Tim Leary with the 2nd overall pick in the 1979 amateur draft. After going 15-8 with 2.76 ERA in the minors, he was considered by many in the organization to be the next Tom Seaver, but injuries sidetracked his career and he never lived up to the hype.
Leary made his Major League debut on April 12, 1981 against the Chicago Cubs. He struck out 3 batters in 2 innings before he was removed from the game with a strained elbow. It would be his only appearance in a Met uniform for the season.
Injuries sidelined him for the entire 1982 season. He pitched the entire 1983 season in the minors before getting called up to New York in September. He made two appearances and went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. On the last day of the season he pitched a complete game against the Montreal Expos, allowing 3 earned runs to earn his first Major League victory.
Leary started the 1984 season with the Mets and appeared in 20 games, 7 as a starter, before being demoted to the minors in July. At the time of his demotion his record was 3-3 with a 4.02 ERA. He finished the season in the minors with the Tidewater Tides where he went 4-4 with 4.05 ERA.
With the emergence of young pitchers Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez Leary became expandable and was traded to the Kansas City Royals on January 18, 1985. In 23 appearances for the Mets Leary posted a 4-4 record with a 3.80 ERA.
While with the Met Leary wore number 38.
Tim Leary also played for the following teams:
Milwaukee Brewers – 1985,1986
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1987-1989
Cincinnati Reds = 1989
New York Yankees – 1990-1992
Seattle Mariners – 1992,1993
Texas Rangers – 1994