The Mets acquired utilityman Mike Kinkade from the Milwaukee Brewers on July 31, 1998 in exchange for pitcher Bill Pulsipher. He initially reported to the minors before getting called up to Mets as a September callup. He made his Major League debut on September 8th as a late inning replacement in the Mets 16-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 0 for 2 at the plate. He made two more appearances both as a pinch runner.
Kinkade made the Mets Opening Day Roster in 1999. He served primarily as a pinch hitter and fourth outfielder. He recorded his first Major League hit on April 12th, a pinch-hit double that drove in two runs in the Mets 8-1 win over the Florida Marlins. He hit his first career home run on April 29th against the San Diego Padres, a solo shot in the Mets 8-5 win. However, with his average at just .196 Kinkade was demoted to the minors in May. He spent the remainder of the season with the Triple A Norfolk Tides where he hit .308. He did appear in one game for the Mets in September.
In 2000 Kinkade appeared in two games for the Mets in July, he went 0 for 2. On July 28th, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles along with Melvin Mora in exchange for Mike Bordick.
Over three seasons with the Mets Kinkade appeared in 33 games and hit .180 with 2 home runs with 6 RBIs.
While with the Mets Kinkade wore number 33.
Mike Kinkade also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 2000,2001
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2002,2003