Dave Gallagher – His New York Mets Career 1992-1993

Dave GallagherThe Mets acquired outfielder Dave Gallagher from the California Angels in exchange for Hubie Brooks on December 10, 1991.  He made his Met debut on Opening Day 1992 as a pinch runner for Eddie Murray.  He spent the season as a fourth outfielder and pinch hitter appearing in 98 games. He batted .240 with a home run and 21 RBIs. His only home run came on June 21 in the Mets 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gallagher returned in 1993 and served in the same capacity as 1992.  He appeared in 99 games and batted .273 with 6 home runs (a career best) and 28 RBIs.   He hit his only career grand slam on July 18, a 9th inning shot the cemented the Mets 12-6 win over the San Francisco Giants. 

Following the season the Mets traded Gallagher to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Pete Smith.

While with the Mets Gallagher wore number 8.

Dave Gallagher also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1987
Chicago White Sox – 1988-1990
Baltimore Orioles = 1990
California Angels – 1991, 1995
Atlanta Braves – 1994
Philadelphia Phillies – 1995

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Jeff McKnight – His New York Mets Career 1989,1992-1994

Jeff McKnightThe Mets drafted Jeff McKnight in the 2nd round of the 1983 amateur draft.  After spending 7 seasons in the minors he finally made his Major League debut on June 6, 1989 against the Chicago Cubs In his first Major League at bat as a pinch hitter for Roger McDowell. he singled.  The next day he made his first career start.  As the Mets starting 2nd baseman he went 1 for 2 with 2 walks as the Mets beat the Cubs 10-8.  McKnight appeared in 6 games before being sent back to the minors.  He batted .250 (3 for 12) while playing all 4 infield positions.

Following the 1989 season McKnight was released by the Mets and he was picked up by the Baltimore Orioles.  He returned to the Mets as a free agent on December 21, 1991.   He started the 1992 season in the minors before getting recalled in August.   He appeared in 31 games playing in both the infield and outfield and batted .271 with 2 home runs and 13 RBIs.  His first home run came on September 15, a two-run shot that propelled the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Cubs.

McKnight spent the entire 1993 with the Mets serving as a utility player and pinch hitter and appeared in 105 games.  He hit .256 with 2 home runs and 13 RBIs.  He started the 1994 season with the Mets and was used exclusively as a pinch hitter but hit just .148 (4 for 27) with 2 RBIs.  He was sent back to the minors in June.  He returned in August and appeared in one game on August 11 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He hit a pinch-hit single in 7th inning.  It would be his last appearance in a Major League uniform and his last hit.  The next day the players went on strike and would not return until 1995. 

 He was granted free agency following the season but did not sign with another team.  In 173 career games for the Mets McKnight hit .250 with 4 home runs and 28 RBIs.

While with the Mets McKnight wore number 15 in 1989, number 5 in 1992, numbers 7 and 17 in 1993 and number 18 in 1994.

Jeff McKnight also played for the Baltimore Orioles in 1990 and 1991

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Dick Schofield – His New York Mets Career 1992

Dick SchofieldWhen shortstop Kevin Elster went down with an injury during the first week of the 1992 season, the Mets traded for Dick Schofield to fill his spot.  He was acquired on April 12 from the California Angels.  Schofield who was known more for his glove than his bat made his Met debut on April 13, he went 1 for 4 as the Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2.  He appeared in 142 games and batted just .205 with 4 home runs and 36 RBIs.  But he did lead all National League shortstops with .988 fielding percentage, committing only 7 errors in 603 chances.

His most productive day came on July 19 against the San Francisco Giants.  He hit a double with the bases loaded in the 4th inning to drive in 3 runs.  He then hit a 3-run home run in the 8th inning to cap the Mets 8-4 victory. 

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

While with the Mets Schofield wore number 11.

Dick Schofield also played for the following teams:
California Angeles -1983-1992, 1995,1996
Toronto Blue Jays – 1993,1994
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1995

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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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Pat Howell – His New York Mets Career 1992

Pat HowellPat Howell toiled in the Mets minor league system for five seasons before finally getting the call to the Majors in 1992. He made his Major League debut on July 10 against the Houston Astros as the Mets leadoff hitter and centerfielder. He singled in his first at bat and immediately stole second base. It looked like the Mets had found their new catalyst at the top of their lineup. Unfortunately, from that point on, despite being one heck of a defensive centerfielder, Howell struggled at the plate. He appeared in 31 games for the Mets but hit just .187 and drove in only one run.

Following the season, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Darren Reed. His one season with the Mets would be his only season in the majors.

While with the Mets Howell wore number 38.

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Tom Filer – His New York Mets Career 1992

Tom FilerRight-handed pitcher Tom Filer was signed by the Mets as a free agent on December 19, 1991. Filer started the 1992 season pitching for the Mets top minor league affiliate the Tidewater Tides before being called up in July. He made his Met debut on the July 4th starting against the Houston Astros. He allowed 1 run and 5 hits over 7 innings but suffered a no decision as the Mets lost 3-1.  He would go on to pitch in 8 more games for the Mets all out of the bullpen before being sent back to the minors. His record was 0-1 with a 2.05 ERA.

Filer would not return to New York and spent the entire 1993 season pitching for the Norfolk Tides where he finished with a 2-10 record. He retired following the 1993 season.

While with the Mets Filer wore number 44.

Tom Filer also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 1982
Toronto Blue Jays – 1985
Milwaukee Brewers – 1988-1990

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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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Joe Vitko – His New York Mets Career 1992

Joe VitkoThe Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Joe Vitko in the 38th round of the 1988 amateur draft, but he chose not to sign. Apparently, there was something about Vitko that the Mets really liked because they drafted him again in 1989, this time in the 24th round. Vitko decided to accept the Mets offer the second time around and signed. He initially reported to the Gulfport Mets, the Mets Rookie league affiliate, and showed potential as he worked his way up through the minors. In 1992 after winning 12 games in Binghamton, the Mets double A affiliate; he was promoted to the show in September. He made his Met debut on September 18th, pitching one inning of scoreless relief. He made one more appearance out of the bullpen before getting a chance to start. On September 28th, he started against the Philadelphia Phillies, but got roughed up giving up 5 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Following the season, he began to suffer some arm problems and appeared in just 14 minor league games over the next two seasons. He retired following the 1994 season.

In three appearances for the Mets he posted a 0-1 record with a 13.50 ERA in 4 2/3 innings.

While with the Mets Vitko wore number 49.

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Junior Noboa – His New York Mets Career 1992

Junior NoboaThe Mets claimed infielder Junior Noboa off waivers from the Montreal Expos on October 8, 1991.  He made his Met debut on Opening Day 1992 as a late inning defensive replacement and struck out in his only plate appearance.  He would go on to appear 46 games for the Mets, mainly as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement, playing 2nd, 3rd and shortstop, before being demoted to the minors at the end of July.  At the time of his demotion he was hitting just .149 with 3 RBIs. 

1992 would be Noboa’s only season with the Mets, as he signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent following the season.

While with the Mets Noboa wore number 3.

Junior Noboa also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1984,1987
California Angels – 1988
Montreal Expos – 1989-1991
Oakland A’s = 1994
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1994

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