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
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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Wally Whitehurst – His New York Mets Career 1989-1992

Wally WhitehurstAfter spending a year and a half in the Mets minor league system Wally Whitehurst made his Met as well as his Major League debut on July 17, 1989.  He pitched one inning of relief and gave up two runs in the Mets 6-0 loss to the Houston Astros.  He would finish out the season with the Mets appearing in nine games all except one out of the bullpen.  He posted a 0-1 record with 4.50 ERA in 14 innings. 

Whitehurst made the Mets staff out of Spring Training in 1990 and was used a middle reliever and enjoyed his best season as a Met.  He appeared in 38 games, third most on the staff, and posted a 1-0 record with 2 saves and 3.29 ERA.  His first major league victory came on July 5th when he pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief against the Atlanta Braves. 

In 1991 the Mets converted Whitehurst to a starter.  He won his first start of the season, but then went on to have minimal success.  In 20 starts he won 5 while losing 11.  Overall for the season he appeared in 36 games and finished with a 7-12 record and 4.19 ERA.  1992 was more of the same, he appeared in a career high 44 games, 11 as a starter.  His record at the end of the season was 3 and 9 with 3.62 ERA. 

Following the season, the Mets traded Whitehurst to the San Diego Padres along with D.J. Dozier and Raul Casanova in exchange for All-Star shortstop Tony Fernandez.  

In four seasons with the Mets Wally Whitehurst appeared in 127 games, 32 as a starter, and compiled an 11-22 record with 3 saves and a 3.83 ERA.

While with the Mets Whitehurst wore number 47.

Wally Whitehurst also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1993,1994
New York Yankees – 1996

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Dan Schatzeder – His New York Mets Career 1990

Dan SchatzederLooking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run the Mets acquired left-hander Dan Schatzeder from the Houston Astros on September 10, 1990.  He made his Met debut four days later when he pitched 2/3 of an inning in the Mets 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.  He would go on to pitch in another five games, all out of the bullpen, and allowed zero earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Following the season, Schatzeder was granted free agency and signed with the Kansas City Royals.

While with the Mets Schatzeder wore number 43.

Dan Schatzeder also played for the following teams:
Montreal Expos – 1977-1979, 1982-1986
Detroit Tigers – 1980,1981
San Francisco Giants – 1982
Philadelphia Phillies – 1986,1987
Minnesota Twin – 1987,1988
Cleveland Indians – 1988
Houston Astros – 1989,1990
Kansas City Royals – 1991

 

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Chris Jelic – His New York Mets Career 1990

Chris JelicThe Mets acquired Chris Jelic along with David Cone from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Ed Hearn, Rick Anderson and Mauro Gozzo on March 27, 1987. After spending four seasons in the Mets minor league system Chris Jelic finally got the call to join the big club in September 1990.  He made his Major League debut on September 30 striking out as a pinch hitter for Darryl Boston.  Jelic would start the next three games as the Mets leftfielder.  During that span, he went just 1 for 10; his only hit was a home run which came in his final at bat of the season.  It would also be the only hit of his career as he was released by the Mets following the season and never appeared in another Major League game.

In four games with the Mets Jelic hit .091 (1 for 11) with one home run and one RBI.

While with the Mets Jelic wore number 46.

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Frank Viola – His New York Mets Career 1989-1991

Frank ViolaLong Island native Frank Viola was acquired by the Mets at the trading deadline in 1989 from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for David West, Kevin Tapani, Rick Aguilera, Jack Savage, and Tim Drummond.  The left-handed pitcher known as “Sweet Music’ was the defending American League Cy Young Award winner and former World Series MVP, having won the award with the Twins in 1987. 

Viola was set to join Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling, David Cone, Sid Fernandez and Bobby Ojeda as the Mets made a push to win back to back division titles.  Viola won his first start as a Met on August 2nd against the St Louis Cardinals, pitching 8 innings allowing 2 runs and just 4 hits.  But unfortunately, it took Viola awhile to get accustomed to his new surroundings as he finished the season with a 5-5 record as the Mets fell short of their quest to return to the postseason.  On August 28th against the Dodgers Viola pitched his best game of the year.  He faced Orel Hershiser and out pitched the defending National League Cy Young Award winner.  It was the first game in baseball history featuring two defending Cy Young Award winners.  Viola pitched a complete game shutout allowing just three hits as the Mets won 1-0.

1990 would be Viola’s best season with the Mets.  He started out the season 6-2 and finished with a 20-12 record, becoming just the fifth pitcher in franchise history to win 20 games.   He led the National League in innings pitched with 249 2/3 innings and finished fourth in the league with 2.67 ERA.  For his efforts, he was named to the National League All-Star squad and finished third in the National League Cy Young voting.

Viola continued his strong pitching over the first half of 1991 starting the season with an 11-5 record and making a second All -Star appearance.  But as the Mets collapsed during the second half of the season so did Viola.  He lost 10 of his final 12 decisions to finish the season with a 13-15 record and 3.97 ERA. 

Frank Viola became a free agent following the 1991 season and signed with the Boston Red Sox.  In his two plus seasons with the Mets he finished with a 38-32 record and 3.31 ERA.

While with the Mets Viola wore number 26 in 1989 and 29 from 1990-1991.

Frank Viola also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1982-1989
Boston Red Sox – 1992-1994
Cincinnati Reds – 1995
Toronto Blue Jays – 1996

Daryl Boston – His New York Mets Career 1990-1992

daryl-bostonThe Mets claimed Daryl Boston, a former number 1 draft pick, off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on April 30, 1990.  Three days later he would make his Met debut as the Mets starting centerfielder, he went 0-2 with a walk.  Boston would go on to play 3 seasons in the Mets outfield. An excellent defender Boston put up solid offensive numbers while in New York.   His best season came in his first, 1990, as he hit .273 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs.  His best game occurred on September 22nd; with the Mets battling the Pittsburgh Pirates for first place, Boston went 3-4 with a homer and 4 RBIs against the Chicago Cubs.  The Mets would win the game 11-5 but would ultimately fall short of their quest to win the National League East. 

Boston’s power numbers dipped in his second season as he hit just 4 home runs with 21 RBIs but he still managed to hit a respectable .275   His third season the opposite occurred with his average dipping to .249 and his power numbers returning to their 1990 form, 11 home runs and 35 RBIs.

Following the 1992 season Boston signed with the Colorado Rockies as a free agent, he spent 1 season with the Rockies before joining the New York Yankees in 1994.  He would retire following the 1994 season.

In 382 games with the Mets Daryl Boston hit .266 with 27 home runs and 101 RBIs.

While with the Mets Boston wore number 7 in 1990 and number 6 from 1991-1992

Daryl Boston also played for the following teams:
Chicago White Sox – 1984-1990
Colorado Rockies – 1993
New York Yankees – 1994

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