Jeff Kaiser – His New York Mets Career – 1993

After being claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on April 23, 1993 left-handed pitcher Jeff Kaiser made his Met debut a week later. On April 29 he pitched the final inning of the Mets10-5 loss to San Francisco Giants, he gave up two hits and two runs. He made five more appearances out of the Mets bullpen but with very little success. With his ERA at 11.57 he was shipped down to the minors where he finished the season with the Norfolk Tides. With the Tides he went 1-1 with 9 saves.

Following the season, he was granted free agency but did not sign with another team and retired.

While with the Mets Kaiser wore number 56.

Jeff Kaiser also played for the following teams:
Oakland A’s – 1985
Cleveland Indians – 1987-1990
Detroit Tigers – 1991
Cincinnati Reds – 1993
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Chico Walker – His New York Mets Career 1992-1993

Chico walkerChico Walker was a nine-year veteran utility player when the Mets picked him up off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on May7, 1992. For the next two seasons he would serve in the same role with the Mets.

Walker made his Mets debut on May 8 against the Los Angele Dodgers, as a pinch hitter for pitcher Paul Gibson and walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run. He would finish out the hitting a career best.308 with 4 home runs and 36 RBIs. He also stole 14 bases. His biggest game came on August 12 when he went 4 for 4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Walker returned to the Mets in 1993 but did not enjoy the same success. He hit just .225 with 5 home runs and 19 RBIs. He did hit a home run in his final at bat of the season, which also happened to be his final at bat of his career.

The Mets released Walker following the season. In 222 games for the Mets over two seasons Walker hit .268 with 9 home runs and 55 RBIs.

While with the Mets Walker wore number 34.

Chico Walker also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 1980,1981,1983,1984
Chicago Cubs – 1985-1987, 1991,1992
California Angels – 1988

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Kevin Baez – His New York Mets Career 1990,1992,1993

Kevin BaezA slick fielding shortstop with a weak bat Brooklyn native Kevin Baez had three difference stints with the Mets with his longest coming in 1993 when he appeared in 52 games.

Baez made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 3, 1990 as a late inning defensive replacement for shortstop Howard Johnson. He appeared in a total of five games for the Mets during the remainder of the season and hit .167 (2 for 12). He recorded hi first Major League hit, a 2nd inning double, on October 2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He would not appear in a Met uniform again until 1992 when he appeared in six games as a September call-up, this time he hit .154 (2-13). After starting the 1993 season in the minors, he was recalled to New York in the middle of June. He finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 52 games, but he hit just .183.

Following the 1993 season the Mets traded Baez to the Baltimore Orioles. He returned to the Mets organization in 1999 and spent 2 ½ seasons playing for their Triple A affiliate the Norfolk Tides.

In 63 games for the Mets over parts of three seasons Kevin Baez hit .179 with 7 RBIs.

While with the Mets Baez wore number 36 in 1990 and number 1 in 1992 and 1993.

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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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Joe Orsulak – His New York Mets Career 1993-1995

 

Joe OrsulakThe Mets signed Joe Orsulak, an outfielder and occasional first baseman, as a free agent on December 18, 1992.  He made his Met debut on Opening Day 1993 as their starting centerfielder.  He singled in his first at bat and finished the game 1 for 3 as the Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 3-0.  He went on to appear in 134 games and batted .284 with 8 home runs and 35 RBIs.  He enjoyed two four hit games, on June 30 against the Florida Marlins and August 18 against the Cincinnati Reds, both wins by the Mets. 

In 1994 Orsulak appeared in 96 games and batted .260 with 8 home runs and 42 RBIs.  He hit a 3-run home run in the Mets 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 1.  Two days later he hit a grand slam to give the Mets a 5-4 lead over the San Francisco Giants, unfortunately the Mets lost 6-5.  He was also the here on May 17 against the Florida Marlins, he hit a home run in the 6th inning and won the game with a two-run walk-off single in the 9th inning.

Orsulak hit .283 with a home run and 37 RBIs in 1995. His only home run came on August 7, a pinch-hit 3-run home run that propelled the Met to a 5-2 win over the Florida Marlins.  On August 26 he went 3 for 3 and drove in 3 runs as the Mets defeated the San Diego Padres 7-6.

Following the season Orsulak signed with the Florida Marlins as a free agent.  In 338 career games he batted .274 with 17 home runs and 114 RBIs.

While with the Mets Orsulak wore number 6.

Joe Orsulak also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1983-1986
Baltimore Orioles – 1988-1992
Florida Marlins – 1996
Montreal Expos – 1997

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Mauro Gozzo – His New York Mets Career 1993,1994

Mauro GozzoThe Mets initially drafted right-handed pitcher Mauro Gozzo in the 13th round of the 1984 amateur draft.  After spending three seasons in the minors he was traded along with Ed Hearn and Rick Anderson to the Kansas City Royal in exchange for David Cone and Chris Jelic.  After bouncing around both the majors and minors for five years he returned to the Mets as a free agent, signing with them on December 22, 1992.  After spending the 1993 season in the minors Gozzo made his Met debut on September 6, 1993 against the Houston Astros.  He pitched the 8th inning and allowed 2 hits and 3 runs in the Mets 7-2 defeat.  Gozzo appeared in 10 games for the Mets over the last month of the season and posted a 0-1 record with one save and a 2.57 ERA.   His one save came on September 18 when he pitched a scoreless 10th inning in the Mets 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. 

Gozzo started the 1994 season in the minors before joining New York at the end of April.  He would appear in 23 games for the Mets, 8 as a starter, posting a 3-5 record with a 4.83 ERA.  He earned his first win as a Met on May 8 against the St. Louis Cardinals when as the starter he allowed 2 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings as the Mets won 3-2.  He also won his next start against the Atlanta Braves on May 14.  As a starter Gozzo went 2-3

Following the season Gozzo was granted free agency ending his Met career.  In 33 career games for the Mets Gozzo posted a 3-6 record with 1 save and a 4.45 ERA.

While with the Mets Gozzo wore number 45.

Mauro Gozzo also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1989
Cleveland Indians – 1990,1991
Minnesota Twins – 1992

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Tito Navarro – His New York Mets Career 1993

Tito NavarroThe Mets signed Tito Navarro as an amateur free agent on September 2, 1987 at the tender age of 16.  After spending six seasons in the minors Navarro finally made it to the show as a September call up in 1993.  He made his Major League debut on September 6th against the Houston Astros as the Mets starting shortstop and leadoff hitter.  He went 0 for 5 in the Mets 7-2 defeat.  He appeared in 12 games over the last month of the season, mainly as a pinch hitter, and batted .059 (1 for 17).   His first and only Major League hit came on September 18th against the Atlanta Braves.  His pinch hit single in the top of the 10th inning drove in the go ahead run in a game the Mets would win 3-2.

Navarro spent the entre 1994 season in the minors before retiring.

While with the Mets Navarro wore number 36.

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Josias Manzanillo – His New York Mets Career 1993-1995,1999

Josias ManzanilloThe Mets obtained right-handed relief pitcher Josias Manzanillo from the Milwaukee Brewers on June 12, 1993 in exchange for Wayne Housie.  He initially reported to the minors before getting called up to New York in August.  Manzanillo made his Met debut on August 21st against the Colorado Rockies.  He pitched two innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 8-6 defeat.  He appeared in six games and posted a 0-0 record with a 3.00 ERA.

Manzanillo appeared in 37 games for the Mets in 1994 and finished with a 3-2 record with 2 saves and a 2.66 ERA.  He earned his first win as a Met on June 12th against the Montreal Expos. He entered the game in the 7th inning with the game tied and pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and was the pitcher of record when the Mets took the lead in the 8th inning.   He earned his first save on May 8th when he pitched the final two innings of the Mets 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals

Manzanillo started the 1995 season with the Mets and appeared in 12 games before the Mets placed him om waivers and he was claimed by the New York Yankees.  At the time he was 1 and 2 with a 7.88 ERA over 16 innings.

He returned to the Mets in 1999 and appeared in 12 games and posted a 0-0 record with a 5.79 ERA.  Following the season, he was granted free agency and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  In 67 career games for the Met Manzanillo won 4 games and lost 4 while saving 2 games with a 4.21 ERA.

While with the Mets Manzanillo wore number 39.

Josias Manzanillo also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 1991
Milwaukee Brewers – 1993
New York Yankees – 1995
Seattle Mariners – 1997
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2000-2002
Cincinnati Reds – 2003
Florida Marlins – 2004

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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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