Tim Corcoran – His New York Mets Career 1986

Tim CocoranTim Corcoran, an eight-year veteran, was signed by the Mets as a free agent on March 4, 1986.  He spent the majority of the season playing in the minors but did manage to appear in six games for the Mets, he started one game at first base and served as a pinch hitter in the rest.  While with the Mets he failed to get a hit in seven at bats. 

The Mets released him on June 9 ending his career.

While with the Mets Corcoran wore number 29

Tim Corcoran also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1977-1980
Minnesota Twins – 1981
Philadelphia Phillies – 1983-1985

 

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Ray Knight – His New York Mets Career 1984-1986

Ray KnightFormer All-star third baseman Ray Knight, was suffering through a down season when the Mets acquired him from the Houston Astros on August 28, 1984. At the time of the trade he was hitting just .223.

Knight finished out the 1984 season with the Mets appearing in 27 games; he hit .280 as the Mets made a late season push to make the playoffs only to come up short.  Knight returned to the Mets in 1985 and struggled mightily hitting just .218 with 6 home runs and 36 RBIs.  Based on his poor performance the Mets attempted to trade Knight during the off-season but could not find any takers, they even entertained the idea of releasing him.  But Knight got off to a fast start in 1986 hitting 6 home runs during the first month of the season.  With his new-found power surge the Mets decided to keep him, a move that they would not regret. He finished out the season hitting .298 with 11 home runs and 76 RBIs as the Mets ran away with the National League’s Eastern division. But it was during the postseason in which Knight made a name for himself and solidified his place in franchise history. 

After hitting just .167 during the NLCS against the Houston Astros, Knight hit .391 with a home run and 5 RBIs during the World Series vs. the Boston Red Sox.  Of his 9 hits two stand out, the first being his single off Calvin Schiraldi in the 10th inning of game six.  With the Mets down to their last out and trailing by two runs, Knight singled to centerfield to pull the Mets to within a run.  He would eventually come around to score the winning run on Mookie Wilson’s ground ball which went through the legs of Boston’s Bill Buckner.  The next night during game seven his seventh inning solo home run gave the Mets the lead, a lead they would not relinquish as they went on to win their second World Series title.  For his efforts Knight was named MVP of the series. 

Despite his new-found cult status among Met fans Knight and the organization could not agree on a contract for the 1987 season and he left as a free agent to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.  During his two plus seasons in New York Knight hit .271 with 18 home runs and 118 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Knight wore number 22. 

Ray Knight also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1974, 1977-1981
Houston Astros – 1982-1984
Baltimore Orioles – 1987
Detroit Tigers – 1988

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Rick Anderson – His New York Mets Career 1986

Rick AndersonAfter spending eight seasons in the Mets minor league system Rick Anderson finally made it to the show on June 9, 1986 as a 30-year-old rookie. In his Major League debut Anderson pitched like a seasoned veteran throwing seven solid innings allowing just four hits and no earned runs against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Anderson would earn a no decision in a game the Mets would lose 3-2 in extra innings.

He would pitch in 15 games for the Mets during their World Championship season as both a reliever and spot starter.  On August 6th Anderson earned his first Major League win against the Chicago Cubs.  He started the game and pitched five innings allowing three earned runs.  Four days later he earned his first save against the Montreal Expos. Anderson would finish the season with a 2 -1 record posting a 2.72 ERA in 49 1/3 innings.

Unfortunately, the Mets decided to leave him off the postseason roster instead taking left-handed pitcher Randy Niemann.
  The Mets decision just proved the old baseball axiom “It’s good to be a lefthander.”

Following the season Anderson was traded along with Ed Hearn and Mauro Gozzo to the Kansas City Royals for David Cone and Chris Jelic. He spent two seasons with the Royals before retiring as a player. 

While with the Mets Anderson wore number 32.

Rick Anderson also played for the Kansas City Royals in 1987 and 1988.

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Rick Aguilera – His New York Mets Career 1985-1989

Rick AguileraIf it wasn’t for a little roller hit behind the bag by Mookie Wilson that went through the legs of Bill Buckner, Rick Aguilera would be known as the pitcher who lost game six of the 1986 World Series. Fortunately for Aguilera the Mets pulled the game out and won the series and he is now remembered as a very good pitcher who won 37 games in five seasons for the Mets mostly as their number five starter.

In his Mets debut on June 12, 1985 Rick Aguilera pitched two innings of scoreless relief against the Philadelphia Phillies to earn his first big league victory.  He appeared in 21 games, 19 as a starter, in 1985 and finished the season with a 10-7 record. He followed that up with an identical 10-7 record during the Mets World Championship season in 1986.

During the postseason in 1986 Aguilera pitched out of the bullpen and as previously stated was on the mound during the tenth inning of game six of the World Series. With the scored tied and the Mets having no margin for error as they trailed the series 3 games to 2, Aguilera gave up two runs to the Boston Red Sox.  In the bottom of the inning the Mets were down to their final out before staging one of the most remarkable comebacks in baseball history.  The Mets won the game and went on to win the series in seven games.

Injuries limited Aguilera to just 18 games in 1987 but when healthy he managed to post an 11 and 3 record.  The Mets moved Aguilera to the bullpen in 1988 where he went 0-4 in just 11 games in another injury plagued season. In 1989 Aguilera pitched exclusively out of the bullpen posting a 6 and 6 record with 7 saves before the Mets traded him along with David West, Kevin Tapani, Tim Drummond and Jack Savage to the Minnesota Twins for Frank Viola, the American League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner.

Rick Aguilera pitched in 114 regular season games for the Mets posting a 37 – 27 record with 7 saves and an ERA of 3.58.  He was also a fine hitter, hitting three home runs during his Mets career.

While with the Mets Aguilera wore number 38 in 1985,1986 and 1989 and number 15 in 1987 and 1988.

Rick Aguilera also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1989-1999
Boston Red Sox – 1995
Chicago Cubs – 1999,2000

 

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Ed Hearn – His New York Mets Career 1986

Ed HearnAfter signing with the Mets as a minor league free agent in 1983, catcher Ed Hearn worked his way through their minor league system before getting the call to join the big club in 1986.  He made his Major League debut on May 17 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and went 2 for 3 with a double.  Hearn spent the rest of the 86 season serving as Gary Carter’s backup which meant he saw very little playing time.  But when given the opportunity to play he proved to be a solid player. He finished the season hitting .265 with 4 home runs and 10 RBIs as the Mets cruised into the postseason.   

Ed Hearn was included on the Mets postseason roster but as the backup catcher saw no playing time.  He was the only member of the Mets postseason roster not to appear in a game.

Following the season the Mets traded Hearn to the Kansas City Royals along with Rick Anderson and Mauro Gozzo in exchange for David Cone and Chris Jelic.  It turned out to be one of the best traded in Mets history as Cone would become an All-Star pitcher while injuries sidetracked Hearn’s career.  He appeared in only 13 games for the Royals over two seasons. 

While with the Mets Hearn wore number 49.

Ed Hearn also played for the Kansas City Royals in 1987 and 1988.

Randy Myers – His New York Mets Career 1985-1989

randy-myersThe New York Mets drafted left-handed pitcher Randy Myers in the first round of the 1982 amateur draft with the 9th overall pick.  After spending 4 seasons in the Mets minor league system, Myers made his Major League debut on October 6, 1985.  He pitched the final 2 innings of the season and allowed no runs and no hits while striking out two.

Myers started the 1986 season in the minors before getting recalled in July, he would appear in 10 games for the Mets and finished with a 0-0 record and 4.22 ERA.

In 1987 Myers became a regular member of the Mets bullpen serving mainly as a setup man.  In 54 games Myers won 3 and lost 6 while also saving another 6 games.  His first major league win came on July 1 against the St Louis Cardinals. 

In 1988, following the trade of Jesse Orosco, Myers became the Mets full-time closer and helped them reach the postseason by saving a team best 26 games.  Myers also won another 7 games and posted a 1.72 ERA.  During the postseason, Myers won 2 games during the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers but the Mets lost the series in 7 games.  

Myers returned as the Mets closer in 1989 and once again led the team in saves with 24 while posting a 7-4 record and 2.35 ERA.  But following the season the Mets decided to trade Myers to the Cincinnati Reds for John Franco; the Reds all-star closer who was more of a finesse pitcher as opposed to the flamethrower that Myers was.

During his Mets career Randy Myers appeared in 185 games and posted a 17 -13 record with 56 saves and a 2.74 ERA.

While with the Mets Myers wore number 48.

Randy Myers also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1990,1991
San Diego Padres – 1992,1998
Chicago Cubs – 1993-1995
Baltimore Orioles – 1996,1997
Toronto Blue Jays – 1998

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Ed Lynch – His New York Mets Career 1980-1986

ed-lynchOn August 12,1979, the New York Mets traded first baseman Willie Montanez to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Mike Jorgensen and a player to be named later.  A month later the Rangers shipped minor league pitcher Ed Lynch to the Mets to complete the trade.  Ed Lynch would pitch for the Tidewater Tides, the Mets top minor league team in 1980 where he posted a 13-6 record with a 3.15 ERA, splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation   He was called up to the majors toward the end of the season and made his Major League debut on August 31st.  It was not a success as he pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and allowed 4 hits and 4 earned runs.  His next appearance came as a starter on September 13th when the Mets decided to give the young right hander a shot at ending their 13-game losing streak.  Lynch would pitch 6 strong innings against the Chicago Cubs allowing just 1 run to earn the victory and end the Mets losing streak.   He would finish out the season with a 1-1 record and 5.12 ERA in 19 1/3 innings.

Lynch would return to Tidewater to start the 1981 season, after posting a 7-6 record in 15 starts he was promoted back to the Mets.  Once back in New York Lynch won just 4 games while losing 5 but put up a very respectable 2.91 ERA for a very bad Met team.  Having proved he could pitch at the Major League level, his minor league days were over and starting in 1982 Lynch became a permanent member of the Mets pitching staff.  Over the next 4 seasons he helped turn the Mets from perennial cellar dwellers to one of the top teams in the National League winning 33 games, mainly as a starter.   His best season occurred in 1985 when he won 10 and lost 8 with a 3.44 ERA as the Mets finished just 3 games out of first place.   

But the Mets continued success came with a price and Ed Lynch paid it.  In 1986 after appearing in just one game in April, he was placed on the disabled list with torn cartilage in his knee.  While he was sidelined the Mets, led by young pitchers Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez, dominated the National League and were coasting toward their first postseason appearance since 1973.  When Lynch came off the DL there was no longer room for him and he was traded to the Chicago Cubs on June 30th.   At the time, Lynch was devastated by the news and was quoted as saying “It’s like living with a family all year and they throw you out on Christmas.”  But despite his disappointment he handled the situation with the utmost class.  When the Mets won the World Series in 1986 his former teammates voted him a full World Series share in appreciation for all he had done for the team.    

Lynch would pitch two seasons for the Cubs before retiring after the 1987 season.  In 167 games for the Mets over 7 seasons, Ed Lynch posted a 38 and 40 record with 2 saves and 3.82 ERA.  

Following his playing days, Ed Lynch stayed in the game as a scout and executive eventually working his way up to become the Cubs General Manager.  

While with the Mets Lynch wore the following numbers – 50 (1980), 35 (1980-81), 34 (1981) and 36 (1982-1986).

Ed Lynch also played for the Chicago Cubs in 1986 and 1987.

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George Foster – His New York Mets Career 1983-1986

george-fosterWhen the Mets acquired George Foster from the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 1982 season they were sending a message to their fans that after years of futility they were willing to begin spending money to put a winning team on the field.  After all, Foster a former league MVP who once hit 52 home runs in a season was one of the most feared sluggers in the game.  Unfortunately Foster never quite lived up to his billing and struggled through most of his Met career.

During his first season in New York Foster hit just 13 home runs and drove in only 70 runs, a far cry from the 30 or so home runs he was expected to hit.  With his lack of production, he became a constant target of the boo birds at Shea Stadium.  He rebounded to put up some decent numbers with the Mets with his best season coming in 1983 when he led the team with 28 home runs and 90 RBIs.  But his lack of clutch hitting continued to be a sore spot among Met fans.  Fortunately for Foster the Mets began to acquire more star players such as Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez and therefore became less reliant on him as they became one of the top teams in the National League.

With the Mets coasting to their first postseason appearance since 1973 the Mets released Foster on August 6, 1986.  At the time, he was hitting just .227 with 13 home runs and had fallen into disfavor with Mets management.

During his five years with the Mets Foster hit .252 with 99 home runs and 361 RBIs.

While with the Mets George Foster wore number 15. 

George Foster also played for the following teams:
San Francisco Giants – 1969-1971
Cincinnati Reds – 1971-1981
Chicago White Sox – 1986