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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Rich Sauveur – His New York Mets Career 1991

The Mets signed left-handed pitcher Rich Sauveur as a free agent on January 22, 1991.  After starting the season in the minors, he made his Met debut on June 5, 1991 against the Cincinnati Reds.  He pitched one inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 11-10 loss.  He made 5 more appearances pitching a total of 3 1/3 innings and posted a 10.80 ERA before being sent back to the minors where he spent the remainder of the season.  The Mets released him on January 23, 1992.

While with the Mets Sauveur wore number 39.

Rich Sauveur also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1986
Montreal Expos – 1988
Kansas City Royals – 1992
Chicago White Sox – 1996
Oakland A’s = 2000

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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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Terry McDaniel – His New York Mets Career 1991

Terry McDanielAfter spending six seasons in the Mets minor league system outfielder Terry McDaniel finally got the call to the big leagues when he was brought up to the big club at the end of the 1991 season.  He made his Major League debut on August 30th entering the game in the 8th inning as a defensive replacement.  The next day he got his first major league hit, a double which also drove in a run, for his first RBI.  McDaniel would finish out the season with the Mets mainly as a defensive replacement and pinch hitter.  In 23 games he hit just .207 with two RBIs. 

Following the season, he was placed on waivers and was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates eventually finding his way to the Cincinnati Reds organization but would not make it back to the majors. 

While with the Mets McDaniel wore number 0.

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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

Blaine Beatty – His New York Mets Career 1989,1991

blaine-beattyLeft-handed pitcher Blaine Beatty was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on December 8, 1987 in exchange for reliever Doug Sisk.  He spent the next two seasons pitching in the minors before finally making his Major League debut on September 16, 1989; he pitched an inning of scoreless relief.  Beatty made 1 more appearance with the Mets as their starting pitcher on September 30; he lasted 5 innings and gave up 1 run and 4 hits.  The Mets won the game 7-2 over the Pirates but Beatty was credited with a no-decision.

Beatty missed the entire 1990 season with an elbow injury.  He returned in 1991 and once again pitched in the minors before getting the call to join the Mets in September.   He appeared in 5 games all out of the bullpen and posted a 2.79 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

Following the season the Mets traded Beatty to the Montréal Expos in exchange for Jeff Barry.  In 7 games for the Mets over 2 seasons Beatty posted a 0-0 record with a 2.30 ERA. 

While with the Mets Beatty wore number 38.

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