Frank Tanana – His New York Mets Career 1993

Frank TananaThe Mets signed veteran left-handed pitcher and former all-star Frank Tanana as a free agent on December 10, 1992. He made his Met debut on April 17,1993 against the Cincinnati Reds.  As the starting pitcher, he allowed 1 run over 6 innings to earn the win.  He won his next game as well throwing 8 innings and once again allowing just 1 run.  However, it would take him over a month to win his third game.  Overall Tanana started 29 games for the Mets posting a 7-15 record with a 4.48 ERA. 

On September 17, the Mets traded Tanana to the Yankees in exchange for Kenny Greer.  At the time, the Yankees were in the midst of a pennant race and were looking for an extra arm for the stretch run,

1993 would be the last season of Tanana’s 20-year career.

While with the Mets Tanana wore number 29.

Frank Tanana also played for the following teams:
California Angels – 1973-1980
Boston Red Sox – 1981
Texas Rangers – 1982-1985
Detroit Tigers – 1985-1992
New York Yankees – 1993

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Mike Draper – His New York Mets Career 1993

Mike DraperAfter spending 5 seasons in the Yankees minor league system the Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Mike Draper in the Rule 5 draft in 1993.  He made his Major League debut on April 10, 1993 by pitching two innings of relief in the Mets 6-3 loss to the Houston Astros; he allowed 1 run and 4 hits.  Draper would go on to pitch in 29 games for the Mets, all but one out of the bullpen, and finished the season with a 1-1 record and 4.25 ERA.  His one start occurred in his last appearance in a Met uniform on August 7, he lasted just 3 innings and allowed 3 runs and 5 hits but the Mets still managed to win the game 10-8 over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Following the season, the Mets released Draper and he was picked up by the San Diego Padres but would not appear in another Major League game.

While with the Mets Draper wore number 47.

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Darrin Jackson – His New York Mets Career 1993

Darrin JacksonThe Mets acquired outfielder Darrin Jackson, an eight-year veteran, from the Toronto Blue Jays on June 11, 1993 in exchange for Tony Fernandez.  He made his Met debut the next day against the Philadelphia Phillies and went 0-4.   Three days later June 15th Jackson hit a home run for his first hit as a Met.  But that was the highlight of his time in Queens. He spent 44 days on the disabled list and when he was in the lineup he hit just .195 with a homer and seven RBIs.   The Mets decided not to resign him in the off-season and he signed with the Chicago White Sox. 

While with the Mets Jackson wore number 3.

Darrin Jackson also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cuba – 1985, 1987-1989
San Diego Padres – 1989-1992
Toronto Blue Jays – 1993
Chicago White Sox – 1994,1999
Minnesota Twins – 1997
Milwaukee Brewers – 1997,1998

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Kenny Greer – His New York Mets Career 1993

The Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Kenny Greer from the New York Yankees on September 17, 1993 in exchange for fellow pitcher Frank Tanana.  He made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 29 and was the winning pitcher in the Mets 1-0 17 inning victory over the St Louis Cardinals.  He pitched a perfect top of the 17th striking out two batters.

It would be his only appearance in a Mets uniform.  Greer spent the entire 1994 season in the Mets minor league system before signing with the San Francisco Giants as a free agent.

While with the Mets Greer wore number 35. 

Kenny Greer also played for the San Francisco Giants in 1995.

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Bobby Jones – His New York Mets Career – 1993-2000

Bobby J JonesThe New York Mets drafted right handed pitcher Bobby Jones in the first round of the 1991 amateur draft with a compensation pick they received when Darryl Strawberry signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent. After spending three seasons in the minors where he won 25 games, Bobby Jones made his Met debut on August 14, 1993 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He pitched 6 innings allowing just one earned run for his first major league win.  He would finish out the season 2 – 4 with a 3.65 ERA.  In his last start of the season Jones pitched 10 innings of shutout ball and struck out 9 batters against the St, Louis Cardinals, a game the Mets would win 1-0 in 17 innings.

Bobby Jones made the Mets starting rotation out of Spring Training in 1994 as their number 3 starter.  He would go on to have a solid season for the Mets winning 12 games, 2nd to Bret Saberhagen’s team best 14, in the strike shortened season.  Now firmly entrenched in the Mets starting rotation Jones was named the opening day starter in 1995, he would go on to lead the team with 10 wins, unfortunately he also led the team with 10 losses.  He followed that up with a 12 and 8 season in 1996.   

1997 would be Bobby Jones’ best season in the majors. After starting the season 3 and 2 he reeled off 8 straight victories and was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for May.  During the month, Jones won all 5 of his starts while posting a 1.15 ERA.  He would finish the season with a career best 15 wins.  Along the way, he made his first and only All-Star game appearance where he pitched one inning and retired the side in order striking out 2 including future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.  

After posting a 9 and 9 season in 1998, Jones suffered through an injury plagued 1999 appearing in only 12 games winning just 3.  The Mets advanced to the playoffs in 1999 but Jones was left off the postseason roster.  He returned in 2000 as the Mets number 5 starter.  Despite a 5.06 ERA he managed to win 11 games and helped the Mets reach the postseason for the second consecutive season 

In the National League Divisional Series against the San Francisco Giants, Jones was tabbed to pitch game 4 with the Mets leading the series 2 games to 1.  Bobby Jones would go on to pitch arguably the greatest game in Mets history, throwing a complete game one hit shutout. He retired the side in order in 8 of the 9 innings.  With the win the Mets clinched the series and advanced to the National League Championship Series.   Even though the Mets would eventually advance to the World Series it would be Bobby Jones’ last victory in a Met uniform.  Following the season Bobby Jones signed with the San Diego Padres as a free agent, where he pitched two more seasons before retiring.   

In 8 seasons with the Mets Bobby Jones pitched in 193 regular seasons games and posted a 74 and 56 record with a 4.13 ERA.

While with the Mets Jones wore number 28.

Bobby Jones also played for the San Diego Padres in 2001 and 2002.

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Mickey Weston – His New York Mets Career 1993

The Mets initially selected right-handed pitcher Mickey Weston in the 12th round of the 1982 amateur draft.  He worked his way through the Mets minor league system but did not sniff the majors and left the organization as a free agent following the 1988 season.  Over the next four seasons he enjoyed four cups of coffee with the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies before returning to the Mets organization on January 4, 1993.

Weston finally made his Mets debut on April 22, 1993 against the San Francisco Giants.  He allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief in the Mets 13-4 defeat.  Weston would pitch in three more games for the Mets out of the bullpen before being demoted back to the minors.  In four games for the Mets Weston pitched 5 2/3 innings and posted a 0-0 record with a 7.94 ERA. 

He finished out the 1993 season pitching to a 10-9 record with the Norfolk Tides.  He was granted free agency following the season. 

While with the Mets Weston wore number 43. 

Mickey Weston also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 1989,1990
Toronto Blue Jays – 1991
Philadelphia Phillies – 1992

 

 

 

 

Tim Bogar – His New York Mets Career 1993-1996

tim-bogarTim Bogar was selected by the Mets in the 8th round of the 1987 amateur draft. After spending 6 years in the minors Bogar finally reached the majors in 1993 making his major debut on April 21, 1993 as a pinch hitter for Dwight Gooden, for the record he struck out.  Bogar would spend the rest of the season serving mainly as a utility infielder.  Appearing in 78 games he hit .244 with 3 home runs and 25 RBIs.  The highlight of his season came on August 14 against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went 4 for 4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs.  He also made history during the game becoming the first player in Mets history to hit an inside the park and an outside the park home run in the same game.  Unfortunately for Bogar he injured his hand sliding into home on his inside the park home run and would miss the remainder of the season.

Bogar returned to the Mets in 1994 but struggled at the plate for most of the season. In 50 games, he hit just .154 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs.  In August, he was demoted to the minors.

In 1995 Bogar had his best season at the plate, in 78 games he hit .290 with 1 home run and 21 RBIs.  His home run came on June 23rd against the Atlanta Braves, it was a 3-run shot in the Mets 9-3 victory.

In 1996 Bogar appeared in 91 games, playing all four infield positions, but struggled at the plate.  He hit just .213 with 6 RBIs.  Following the season the Mets traded Bogar to the Houston Astros in exchange for Luis Lopez.

In 4 seasons with the Mets Bogar appeared in 297 games and hit .242 with 6 home runs and 57 RBIs.

While with the Mets Bogar wore number 23 from 1993-1995 and number 11 in 1996.

Tim Bogar also played for the following teams:
Houston Astros – 1997-2000
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2001

Ced Landrum – His New York Mets Career 1993

ced-landrumThe Mets signed outfielder Ced Landrum as a free agent on May 14, 1993.  Following his signing, he reported to the Norfolk Tides, the Mets top minor league club where he hit .291 with 5 home runs and 29 RBIs.  He was promoted to New York in the middle of August and made his Met debut on August 13 as a pinch runner for Eddie Murray.  Landrum finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 22 games mainly as a pinch hitter.  He hit .263 (5 for 19) with one RBI.  His only RBI came during the Mets 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs on September 4.

 The Mets released Landrum following the season. 

 While with the Mets Landrum wore number 26.

 Ced Landrum also played for the Chicago Cubs in 1991.

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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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Tony Fernandez – His New York Mets Career 1993

tony-ferandezThe Mets thought they had pulled off a steal when they acquired shortstop Tony Fernandez from the San Diego Padres in exchange for D.J. Dozier, Wally Whitehurst and Raul Casanova on October 26, 1992. After all Fernandez was a former all-star and gold glove shortstop.  But unfortunately, it did not work out as planned. 

Fernandez was the Mets opening day shortstop in 1993.  He would hit safely in six of his first eight games but then completely struggled.  His struggles eventually led him to be dropped from the number two spot in the lineup to the number eight spot.  After 48 games Fernandez was hitting just .225 and the Mets had seen enough.   On June 11, they traded Fernandez to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Darrin Jackson.

His final numbers with the Mets – .225 average with a home run and 14 RBIs.

While with the Mets Fernandez wore number 1.

Tony Fernandez also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1983-1990, 1993, 1998, 1999,2001
San Diego Padres – 1991,1992
Cincinnati Reds – 1994
New York Yankees – 1995
Cleveland Indians – 1997
Milwaukee Brewers – 2001

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