Gary Templeton – His New York Mets Career 1991

Gary TempletonThe Mets acquired Garry Templeton on May 31, 1991 from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Tim Teufel. Templeton, a former all-star shortstop, was nearing the end of his career and was used primarily as a pinch hitter and part time player with the Mets.

He made his Met debut on June 1 as a pinch hitter for shortstop Kevin Elster and popped up to 3rd base. He finished the season with the Mets hitting .228 with 2 home runs and 20 RBIs. His most productive game occurred on June 15 when he hit a home run and drove in three runs as the Mets bear the Houston Astros 6-0. Templeton retired following the 1991 season ending his 16-year career.

While with the Mets Templeton wore number 11.

Gary Templeton also played for the following teams:
St. Louis Cardinals – 1976-1981
San Diego Padres – 1982-1991

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Tony Castillo – His New York Mets Career 1991

Tony CastilloThe Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Tony Castillo from the Atlanta Braves on August 28, 1991 along with minor leaguer Joe Roa in exchange for Alejandro Pena.  He made his Met debut the following day when he pitched a 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 2-0 loss to the Braves.  He appeared in 10 games for the Mets, 3 as a starter, and posted a 1-0 record with a 1.90 ERA.  His only win came in his first start on September 11 against the Chicago Cubs.  He pitched 6 innings and allowed 3 hits and no runs in the Mets 4-1 victory.

Following the season, the Mets traded Castillo to the Detroit Tigers along with Mark Carreon in exchange for Paul Gibson and Randy Marshall.

While with the Mets Castillo wore number 36.

Tony Castillo also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1988,1989, 1993-1996
Atlanta Braves – 1989-1991
Chicago White Sox – 1996-1998

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Chris Donnels – His New York Mets Career 1991,1992

Chris DonnelsDrafted by the Mets in the 1st round, 24th overall, in the 1987 amateur draft Chris Donnels made his Major League debut with the Mets on May 7, 1991 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  As the starting 3rd baseman he singled and drove in a run in his first at-bat as the Mets won 6-5.  He spent a month with the Mets appearing in 8 games before being sent back to the minors.  He returned at the end of August and finished out the season in New York, Playing both 1st and 3rd base he appeared in a total of 37 games and batted .225 with 5 RBIs.

In 1992 he shuffled back and forth between New York and the Tidewater Tides, the Mets top farm club.  He appeared in 45 games for the Mets and batted just .174 with 6 RBIs while playing both 3rd and 2nd base.

Following the season Donnels was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 1992 expansion draft.  In 82 games over 2 seasons he batted .195 with 11 RBIs.

While with the Mets Donnels wore number 23.

Chris Donnels also played for the following teams:
Houston Astros – 1993-1995
Boston Red Sox – 1995
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2000,2001
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2002

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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
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Pete Schourek – His New York Mets Career 1991-1993

Pete SchourekThe Mets drafted left-handed pitcher out of high school in 2nd round of the 1987 amateur draft.  After spending 4 years in the minors he made his Major League debut with the Mets on April 9, 1991. He pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Met 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.  He earned his first career save on April 21 when he pitched the final 3 innings in the Mets 9-5 win over the Montreal Expos.  Three days later he earned his first career win against the Phillies by pitching 3 innings of scoreless relief.  Schourek would appear in 35 games in 1991, 27 out of the bullpen and 8 as a starter.  HE finished the season with a 5-4 record with 2 saves and a 4.27 ERA.   His best outing came on September 10 against the Montreal Expos when he pitched a complete game 1-hit shutout.

Schourek started the 1992 season in the minors, before joining the Mets in late May.  He appeared 22 games, all but one as a starter and finished the season 6-8 with a 3.64 ERA.  His best outing actual came in a loss on July 25 against the San Diego Padres.  He allowed 4 hits and just one run over 8 innings but lost the game 2-0.

He struggled for a majority of the 1993 season.  He pitched in 41 games, 18 as a starter, and finished with a 5-12 record and 5.96 ERA.  On April 7, 1994 he was placed on waivers and was claimed by the Cincinnati Reds.

In 98 games over three seasons, Schourek posted a 16-24 record with 2 saves and a 4.65 ERA.

While with the Mets Schourek wore number 48.

Pete Schourek also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1994-1997
Boston Red Sox – 1998, 2000,2001
Houston Astros – 1998
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1999

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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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Jeff Gardner – His New York Mets Career 1991

Jeff GardnerThe Mets signed Jeff Gardner as a minor league free agent on August 28, 1984.  After spending 7 seasons in the minors he finally made his Major League debut on September 10, 1991 as the starting shortstop against the Montreal Expos.  He went 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored in the Mets 9-0 victory.  Gardner appeared in 13 games for the Mets in 1991, 8 at shortstop, 3 at 2nd base and 2 as a pinch hitter.  He batted .162 (6 for 37) with 1 RBI. 

Following the season, the Mets traded Gardner to the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor leaguer Steve Rosenberg.

While with the Mets Gardner wore number 19.

Jeff Gardner also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1992,1993
Montreal Expos – 1994

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Terry Bross – His New York Mets Career 1991

Terry BrossTerry Bross, a two-sport star at St. John’s University where he not only pitched on the baseball team he also stared on the basketball team, was drafted by the Mets in the 13th round of the 1987 amateur draft. Bross worked his way through the Mets minor league system before finally getting the call to join the big club as a September call up in 1991. He made his Major League debut on September 4th, he pitched the final two innings and allowed 2 earned runs in the Mets 8-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He appeared in 7 more games for the Mets down the stretch finishing with a 0-0 record with and 1.80 ERA over 10 innings.

Following the season, the Mets traded Bross to the San Diego Padres.

While with the Mets Bross wore number 46.

Terry Bross also pitched for the San Francisco Giants in 1993.

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Rick Cerone – His New York Mets Career 1991

Rick CeroneSigned as a free agent prior to the 1991 season journeyman catcher and New Jersey native Rick Cerone started his Mets career with a bang by hitting a home run in his first at bat.  His home run in the bottom of the 9th inning on April 9 against the Philadelphia Phillies tied the score at 1 in a game the Mets would win in extra innings. He would go on to hit .273 with 2 home runs and 16 RBIs for the season, appearing in 90 games.  He started 81 games at catcher, the most on the team for the season.

1991 would be Cerone’s only season with the Mets as he signed with the Montreal Expos as free agent following the season.   

While with the Mets Cerone wore number 13

Rick Cerone also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1975,1976
Toronto Blue Jays – 1977-1979
New York Yankees – 1980-1984, 1987,1990
Atlanta Braves – 1985
Milwaukee Brewers – 1986
Boston Red Sox – 1988,1989
Montreal Expos – 1992

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