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 as 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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Bill Pecota – His New York Mets Career 1992

Bill PecotaThe Mets acquired utility infielder Bill Pecota from the Kansas City Royals along with Bret Saberhagen in exchange for Gregg Jefferies, Kevin McReynolds and Keith Miller on December 6, 1991.  Pecota made his Met debut as the Opening Day third baseman against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He went 1 for 3 as the Mets won 4-2.  Pecota would go on to appear in 117 games playing all four infield positions.  He batted .227 with 2 home runs and 26 RBIs. 

On September 26 against the Pittsburgh Pirates he became the first position player in franchise history to pitch.  In a 19-2 blowout loss, he pitched the bottom of the 8th inning.  After giving up a leadoff home run to Andy Van Slyke, he retired the next three batters.

Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves.

While with the Mets Pecota wore number 32.

Bill Pecota also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1986-1991
Atlanta Braves – 1993,1994

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Lee Guetterman – His New York Mets Career 1992

Lee GuettermanThe Mets acquired left-handed reliever Lee Guetterman from their cross town rivals the New York Yankees on June 9th, 1992 in exchange for fellow reliever Tim Burke.  Guetterman made his Met debut the following day, he pitched the final inning in the Mets 9-2 loss to the Montreal Expos.  He would go on to appear in 43 games for the Mets posting a 3-4 record with 2 save and a 5.82 ERA.  He earned his first win on July 1 against the Chicago Cubs when he pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 6-4 extra inning victory.  Five days later he earned his first save when he closed out the 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. 

Following the season Guetterman signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While with the Guetterman wore number 35.

Lee Guetterman also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 1984,1986,1987, 1995,1996
New York Yankees – 1988-1992
St. Louis Cardinals – 1993

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Steve Springer – His New York Mets Career 1992

The Mets initially drafted Steve Springer in the 20th round of the 1982 amateur draft.   He spent 8 seasons in their minor league system before he was traded to the Chicago White Sox on August 8, 1988.  He bounced around the minors for several teams before returning to the Mets a free agent on December 19, 1991.  He started the 1992 season in the minors before finally getting the call to join the Mets in August.  He made his Met debut on August 15th as a pinch hitter for pitcher Anthony Young, he struck out.  He appeared in four games for the Mets before getting sent back to the minors.  His final appearance in a Mets uniform came on August 25 against the San Francisco Giants.  As the starting second baseman, he went 2 for 3 with a double. 

While with the Mets Springer wore number 13.

Steve Springer also played for the Cleveland Indians in 1990.

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D.J. Dozier – His New York Mets Career 1992

DJ dozierD.J. Dozier was the Mets version of Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, meaning he was an NFL player who also took a shot at playing baseball.  Unfortunately for the Mets Dozier was neither Bo Jackson nor Deion Sanders. Dozier played four seasons in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings (1987-1990) and one season for the Detroit Lions (1991) serving mainly as a backup running back.  In 1990 the Mets signed him as an amateur free agent. After spending two seasons in their minor league system he made his Met debut on May 6, 1992 as a pinch hitter for Anthony Young, he reached on an error.  After struggling in his first ten games with the Mets, he hit just .200; Dozier was shipped back to the minors.  He returned to the Mets as a September call up but continued to struggle and finished the season with a .191 average and 2 RBIs in 47 at bats.   Following the season, he was traded to the San Diego Padres along with Wally Whitehurst and Raul Casanova in exchange for Tony Fernandez.  1992 would be his only season in the majors.

While with the Mets Dozier wore number 7.

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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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Kevin Bass – His New York Mets Career 1992

Kevin BassA former All-star outfielder Kevin Bass was nearing the end of his career when the Mets acquired him from the San Francisco Giants on August 8, 1992.  He made his Met debut the same day and went 1-3 with an RBI. Bass would finish out the season serving primarily as a fourth outfielder.  He put up decent if unspectacular numbers. In 46 games, he hit .270 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs. 

Following the season, the Mets let him walk as a free agent and he signed with the Houston Astros. 

Though Bass’ brief tenure with the Mets was unspectacular he is remembered fondly by Met fans.  In 1986 as a member of the Houston Astros Kevin Bass struck out against Jesse Orosco to end game six of the NLCS which clinched the pennant for the Mets.

While with the Mets Bass wore number 21.

Kevin Bass also played for the following teams:
Milwaukee Brewers – 1982
Houston Astros – 1982-1989, 1993,1994
San Francisco Giants – 1990-1992
Baltimore Orioles – 1995

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Mike Birkbeck – His New York Mets Career 1992,1995

The Mets signed right-handed pitcher Mike Birkbeck as a free agent on January 2, 1992.  He pitched most of the 92 season in the minors with the Tidewater Tides before getting called up to New York at the end of August.  He made his Met debut on August 31 as their starting pitcher against the Atlanta Braves.  In what would be his only appearance of the season for the Mets he allowed 7 runs and 12 hits over 7 innings and suffered the loss.

Following the season Birkbeck left the Mets as a free agent only to return to New York in 1995.  After starting the season in the minors, he was called up in the middle of May.  He made four starts for the Mets and pitched reasonably well but failed to win a game and was released on June 13.  He finished with a 0-1 record and 1.63 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

In five starts for the Mets over two seasons Birkbeck posted a 0-2 record with a 3.12 ERA.

While with the Mets Birkbeck wore number 49 in 1992 and number 36 in 1995.

Mike Birkbeck also played for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986-1989.

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Eddie Murray – His New York Mets Career 1992-1993

eddie-murrayEddie Murray was at the tail end of his career when he joined the Mets as a free agent in 1992.  In his two seasons in New York Murray lived up to his nickname “Steady Eddie” and put up solid numbers while playing for some bad Met teams.   In 1992 he hit just .261 but managed to drive in 93 runs to lead the team.  In 1992 he also reached two significant milestones.  On May 3rd, he hit his 400th career home run and on June 6th he knocked in two runs to push him past Mickey Mantle for the most RBIs by a switch hitter in baseball history.

Murray continued his steady run production in 1993 leading the Mets in RBIs (100) and average (.285) while hitting 27 home runs.  But 1993 would be his last season in New York for the first baseman, With the Mets coming off two dreadful seasons a youth moment was taking shape in New York and Murray was allowed to leave as a free agent.  He signed with the Cleveland Indians and would play another four seasons eventually reaching 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.  In his two season in New York Eddie Murray hit .274 with 43 home runs and 193 RBIs.   

In 2003 Eddie Murray was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with another former Met Gary Carter.

While with the Mets Murray wore number 33.

Eddie Murray also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 1977-1988, 1996
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1989-1991, 1997
Cleveland Indians – 1994-199
Anaheim Angels – 1997

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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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