Brooklyn native John Pacella was drafted by the Mets in the 4th round of the 1974 amateur draft. The right-handed pitcher spent 4 seasons in the minors before joining the Mets as a September call-up in 1977. He made his Major League debut on September 15 against the Philadelphia Phillies; he pitched the final two innings and allowed two unearned runs in the Mets 8-2 loss. He appeared in 2 more games and pitched a total of 4 innings and posted a 0.00 ERA.
After spending 1978 and 1979 seasons in the minors, Pacella got another September call-up in 1979. This time he appeared in 4 games, 3 as a starter, and posted a 0-2 record with a 4.41 ERA.
Pacella spent the entire 1980 season with the Mets. He appeared in 32 game splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation. He finished with a 3-4 record and a 5.14 ERA. He earned his first career win on June 27 against the Philadelphia Phillies. As the starting pitcher he threw 6 innings and allowed 5 hits and 2 runs as the Mets won 3-2.
Pacella’s biggest claim to fame as a Met was that do to his unusual delivery and speed of which he threw the ball his hat would often fall of his head after a pitch.
Following the season Pacella was traded to the San Diego Padres along with Jose Moreno in exchange for Randy Jones.
In 39 career games for the Mets Pacella posted a 3-6 record with a 4.83 ERA.
While with the Mets Pacella wore number 20.
John Pacella also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1982
New York Yankees – 1982
Baltimore Orioles – 1984
Detroit Tigers = 1986