Pat Tabler – His New York Mets Career 1990

Pat TablerLooking for an extra bat off their bench for the stretch run the Mets acquired Pat Tabler from the Kansas City Royals on August 30, 1990. Tabler was one of the best clutch hitters in the league and was even known as “Mr. Clutch” by many of his teammates. As the Mets battled the Pittsburgh Pirates down the stretch for the National League’s Eastern Division, Tabler proved to be a valuable commodity. He appeared in 17 games and hit .279 with a home run and 10 RBIs. His one home run was a three-run shot against the Chicago Cubs on September 28, a game in which the Mets won 7-1.  Unfortunately, the Mets fell short and finished in second place.

Following the season Pat Tabler signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.

While with the Mets Tabler wore number 35.

Pat Tabler also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 1981-1982
Cleveland Indians – 1983-1988
Kanas City Royals – 1988-1990
Toronto Blue Jays – 1991,1992

Click Here for Mets Memorabilia

 

 

Advertisements

Kevin Baez – His New York Mets Career 1990,1992,1993

Kevin BaezA slick fielding shortstop with a weak bat Brooklyn native Kevin Baez had three difference stints with the Mets with his longest coming in 1993 when he appeared in 52 games.

Baez made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 3, 1990 as a late inning defensive replacement for shortstop Howard Johnson. He appeared in a total of five games for the Mets during the remainder of the season and hit .167 (2 for 12). He recorded hi first Major League hit, a 2nd inning double, on October 2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He would not appear in a Met uniform again until 1992 when he appeared in six games as a September call-up, this time he hit .154 (2-13). After starting the 1993 season in the minors, he was recalled to New York in the middle of June. He finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 52 games, but he hit just .183.

Following the 1993 season the Mets traded Baez to the Baltimore Orioles. He returned to the Mets organization in 1999 and spent 2 ½ seasons playing for their Triple A affiliate the Norfolk Tides.

In 63 games for the Mets over parts of three seasons Kevin Baez hit .179 with 7 RBIs.

While with the Mets Baez wore number 36 in 1990 and number 1 in 1992 and 1993.

Click Here for Mets Memorabilia

 

 

Alex Trevino – His New York Mets Career 1978-1981,1990

Alex TrevinoAfter spending five seasons in the minors, Alex Trevino made his Major League debut on September 11, 1978 when he replaced John Stearns at catcher in the 9th inning, He would go on to appear in 6 games for the Mets and batted .250 (3 for 12).  He recorded his first big league hit on September 29 a 6th inning single in the Mets 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.  The next day he went 2 for 4.

Trevino spent the entire1979 with the Mets playing mostly catcher but also seeing time at 3rd and 2nd base.  He hit .271 with 20 RBIs.   On June 11 he drove in 2 runs in the Mets 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.   His most productive game came on August 14 when he went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs in the Mets 18-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.

In 1980 he appeared in 106 games and batted .256 with 37 RBIs.  On June 28 his 8th inning single tied the game against the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Mets would win in the 9th inning, He also drove in 2 runs in the Mets 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 12.

In 1981 jet appeared in just 56 games and batted .262 with 10 RBIs.  Following the season, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds along with Greg Harris and Jim Kern in exchange for George Foster.

Trevino returned to the Mets when they signed him as a free agent on August 3. 1990.  He appeared in 9 games and batted .300 (3 for 10) with 2 RBIs before being placed on waivers in September. 

In 256 career games for the Mets Trevino batted .262 with 69 RBIs.

While with the Mets Trevino wore number 29 from 1978-1981 and number 9 in 1990.

Alex Trevino also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1982-1984, 1990
Atlanta Braves – 1984
San Francisco Giants – 1985
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1986,1987
Houston Astros – 1988-1990

Click Here for Mets Memorabilia

 

 

 

Orlando Mercado – His New York Mets Career 1990

Orlando MercadoThe Mets signed Orlando Mercado, a seven-year journeyman catcher as a free agent on December 12, 1989. He made his Met debut as their starting catcher on April 15, 1990 against the Montreal Expos.  He went 0 for 3 as the Mets lost 3-1.   Serving as the backup catcher he appeared in 42 games and hit just .211 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs before getting claimed off waivers by the Montreal Expos on August 30. His most productive game came on June 9 when he went 2 for 2 with a home run and 2 RBIs in the Mets 9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

While with the Mets Mercado wore number 35.

Orlando Mercado also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 1982-1984
Texas Rangers – 1986
Detroit Tigers – 1987
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1987
Oakland A’s – 1988
Minnesota Twins – 1989
Montreal Expos – 1990

Click Here for Mets Memorabilia

 

Dave Magadan – His New York Mets Career 1986-1992

Dave MagadanThe Mets drafted Dave Magadan in the second round of the 1983 amateur draft. A former college player of the year at the University of Alabama Magadan worked his way through the Mets minor league system. He hit .300 at every stop but with very little power.

Magadan made his Major League debut as a September call up in 1986. He singled in his first at bat as a pinch hitter on September 7. But it was his performance on September 17 which really endeared him to Met fans. On that night the Mets were in position to clinch the National League Eastern Division, but their All-star first baseman Keith Hernandez was sick and unable to play. Manager Davey Johnson inserted Dave Magadan into the lineup to replace Hernandez and in his first start of his career Magadan excited the crowd by going 3 for 4 with two RBIs as the Mets won the game 4-2 to clinch the division. During the game many Met fans started to jokingly chant “Keith who.” Magadan finished the season hitting .444 (8 for 18) in ten games.

Magadan played the entire 1987 with the Mets appearing in 85 games. He was used as a part time player and pinch hitter, splitting time between first and third base. Showing incredible discipline at the plate Magadan hit .318 with 3 home runs and 24 RBIs. He served in pretty much the same role over the next two seasons, but his average dipped below .300 both times. He hit .277 in 1988 and .286 in 1989.

In 1990 Magadan became the Mets everyday first baseman and enjoyed his finest season as a Met. His .328 average led the team and was good enough for third highest in the National League. He also drove in 72 runs. But his average slipped to .258 in 1991 as well as his run production, he drove in just 51 runs. He raised his average to .283 in 1992 but only drove in 28 runs.

Following the season, the Mets brass decided they wanted more power out of their first baseman and let Magadan leave as a free agent. He signed with the Florida Marlins.

In his seven seasons with the Mets Magadan hit .292 with 21 home runs and 254 RBIs.

While with the Mets Magadan wore number 29 from 1986-1989 and in 1992.  He wore number 10 from 1990-1991.

Dave Magadan also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 1993
Florida Marlins – 1993,1994
Houston Astros – 199
Chicago Cubs – 1996
Oakland A’s – 1997,1998
San Diego Padres – 1999-2001
Click Here for Mets Memorabilia

Alejandro Pena – His New York Mets Career 1990,1991

Alejandro PenaThe New York Mets acquired right-handed reliever Alejandro Pena from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Mike Marshall in exchange for Juan Samuel prior to the 1990 season. Pena was used primarily as a set-up man in his first season appearing in 52 games. He finished the season with a 3-3 record and 5 saves while posting a 3.20 ERA.

He returned to the Mets in 1991 and served in the same role. This time he appeared in 44 games and posted a 6-1 record with 4 saves and a 2.71 ERA. With the Mets going nowhere in the standings they traded him to the Atlanta Braves, who were in the midst of a pennant race, on August 28.

In his two seasons with the Mets Pena appeared in 96 games and posted a 9-4 record with 9 saves. He also posted a 2.98 ERA in 139 innings.

While with the Mets Pena wore number 26.

Alejandro Pena also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1981-1989
Atlanta Braves – 1991,1992, 1995
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1994
Boston Red Sox – 1995
Florida Marlins – 1995,1996
Click Here for Mets Memorabilia

 

Kelvin Torve – His New York Mets Career 1990,1991

Kelvin TorveThe Mets signed outfielder and first baseman Kelvin Torve as a free agent on December 13, 1989.  He started the 1990 season in the minors before getting called up to New York in August.  He made his Met debut on August 7 as a late inning defensive replacement in the Mets 9-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. In his only at bat he was hit by a pitch.  Two days later his 2 run pinch hit double was the decisive hit in the Mets 5-4 win over the Phillies.  It was the highlight if his season.  He appeared in 20 games and hit .289 (11 for 38).

He spent the majority of the 1991 season in the minors where he hit .274.  He was promoted to New York at the end of June and appeared in 10 games, all as a pinch hitter, but did not manage to get a hit going 0 for 8.

Following the 1991 season the Mets released Torve and he went on to play in Japan. In 30 games for the Mets he hit .239 with 2 RBIs.

While with the Mets Torve he briefly wore number 24 in 1990, the first player to wear the number since Willie Mays, before switching to number 39.

Torve also played for the Minnesota Twins in 1989.

Click Here for Mets Memorabilia

 

Lou Thornton – His New York Mets Career 1989,1990

Lou ThorntonThe Mets drafted outfielder Lou Thornton in the 19th round of the 1981 amateur draft.  After spending 4 seasons in the Mets minor league system, he was lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1984 Rule 5 draft.  He returned to the Mets organization when he was signed as a free agent on June 9, 1989.  He finally made his Met debut on September 1, 1989 as pinch runner for Dave Magadan in the 7-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.  He finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 13 games and batted .308 (4 for 13) with 1 RBI.  His first hit as a Met came on September 26th, a 7th inning single in the Mets 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.  On September 29th against the Pittsburgh Pirates he went 3 for as the Mets won 7-0.

Thornton appeared in 3 games for the Mets in 1990, all in April but did not get an at bat.  He appeared in one game as a pinch runner and two more as a defensive replacement.  He spent the remainder of the season playing in the minors for the Tidewater Tides, the Mets Triple A affiliate, where he batted .227.  Following the season, he was granted free agency but did not sign with another team.

While with the Mets Thornton wore number 4 in 1989 and number 1 in 1990.

Lou Thornton also played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1985, 1987 and 1988.

Click Here for Mets Memorabilia

 

 

Keith Hughes – His New York Mets Career 1990

Keith HughesOutfielder Keith Hughes was acquired by the Mets from the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 1990 season.  After spending the season with the Tidewater Tides, the Mets top minor league club, where he hit .309 with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs he joined New York as a September call up.  He made his Mets debut on September 7, 1990 against the Philadelphia Phillies as a late inning defensive replacement in centerfield.  He struck out in his only at bat.  He would go on to appear in 8 games for the Mets down the stretch but failed to get a hit in 0 at bats. 

Following the season, the Mets released Hughes.

While with the Mets Hughes wore number 12.

Keith Hughes also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 1987
Philadelphia Phillies – 1987
Baltimore Orioles – 1988
Cincinnati Reds – 1993

Click Here for Mets Memorabilia

 

 

Mario Diaz – His New York Mets Career 1990

TMario Diazhe Mets acquired infielder Mario Diaz from the Seattle Mariners on June 19, 1990.  He would make his Met debut a month later on July 16th as a pinch hitter for pitcher Ron Darling, he struck out.  He would appear in 16 games, mainly as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement.  He batted .136 (3 for 22) with 1 RBI. 

Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers.

While with the Mets Diaz wore number 34.

Mario Diaz also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 1987-1989
Texas Rangers – 1991-1993
Florida Marlins – 1994,1995

Click Here for Mets Memorabiia