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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Pete Smith – His New York Mets Career 1994

Pete SmithRight-handed pitcher Pete Smith, a seven-year veteran, was acquired from the Atlanta Braves, prior to the 1994 season in exchange for outfielder Dave Gallagher.  Smith made his Mets debut on April 5 against the Chicago Cubs; he allowed 2 earned runs over 7 innings to earn the victory.  That pretty much was the highlight of the season for Smith; as he went on to post a 4-10 record with a 5.55 ERA in 21 starts while also leading the Mets in many dubious categories such as losses, earned run allowed and home runs allowed.

The Mets allowed Smith to walk as a free agent following the season and he signed with the Cincinnati Reds.

While with the Mets Smith wore number 32.

Pete Smith also played for the following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 1987-1993
Cincinnati Reds – 1995
San Diego Padres – 1997,1998
Baltimore Orioles – 1998

Rico Brogna – His New York Mets Career 1994-1996

Rico BrognaThe Mets acquired first baseman Rico Brogna from the Detroit Tigers on March 31, 1994 in exchange for Alan Zinter.  After starting the 1994 season in the minors Brogna made his Met debut on June 22 against the Atlanta Braves, he went 0-3 as the starting first baseman.  Brogna took over as the Mets everyday first baseman and became one of the team’s best hitters.  He was hitting .351 with 7 home runs and 20 RBIs when the 1994 season was shut down due to the player’s strike. 

Brogna returned in 1995, homering on Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies, it was the first home run hit at Coors Field.  Brogna would become the Mets everyday first baseman and was the Mets most productive hitter leading the team in every major offensive category.  He finished the season with a .289 average and 22 home runs and 76 RBIs while also playing a gold glove caliber first base.

In 1996 Rico Brogna was hitting .255 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs when his season was shut down in the middle of June with a labral tear in his right shoulder.  1996 would be Brogna’s last season with the Mets as he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on November 27, 1996 in exchange for pitchers Ricardo Jordan and Toby Borland. 

Overall Rico Brogna appeared in 228 games and hit .291 with 36 home runs and 126 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Brogna wore number 26.

Rico Brogna also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1992
Philadelphia Phillies – 1997-2000
Boston Red Sox – 2000
Atlanta Braves – 2001

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Doug Linton – His New York Mets Career 1994

Doug LintonRight-handed pitcher Doug Linton, who had two brief stints in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays and California Angers, was signed by the Mets as a free agent prior to the 1994 season.   He made the Mets pitching staff out of Spring Training and made his Met debut on April 8th pitching 2/3 of an inning out of the bullpen in the Mets 6-3 loss to the Houston Astros.  Linton would continue to pitch out of the bullpen and over his first 15 appearances winning four games while posting a 2.81 ERA.

At the end of May, the Mets gave Linton a shot in the starting rotation.  Linton started three games and averaged five innings per start posting a 1-1 record before moving back to the bullpen. He continued to pitch out of the bullpen before being farmed out to triple A, on July 10th.  With the Norfolk Tides, he started three games and posted a 2-1 record with a 2.00 ERA.  He was promoted back to the Mets in August and appeared in four more games out of the bullpen before the players strike shut down the season.

Linton left the Mets as a free agent following the season and signed with the Kansas City Royals.  In 32 games for the Mets he won 6 games while losing 2 and posted a 4.47 ERA in 50 1/3 innings.  Linton bounced around baseball over the next five seasons and eventually made his way back to the Met organization in 2001. He pitched the entire 2001 season with the Norfolk Tides where he posted a 7-3 record with a 3.21 ERA in 12 starts.  He left the Met organization following the season and once again bounced around baseball before retiring after the 2004 season. 

While with the Mets Linton wore number 30.

Doug Linton also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1992,1993,2003
California Angels – 1993
Kansas City Royals – 1995,1996
Baltimore Orioles – 1999

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

Frank Seminara – His New York Mets Career 1994

frank-seminaraBrooklyn native Frank Seminara was acquired by the Mets from the San Diego Padres on December 10, 1993.  The left-handed pitcher had won 12 games for the Padres over the previous two seasons.  He made his Mets debut on April 30, 1994 pitching 1 1/3 innings of relief against the Dodgers.  He appeared in 10 games for the Mets before getting farmed out to the minors in the middle of June.  At the time of his demotion he was 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA.  He did start one game for the Mets on May 9 against the Montreal Expos; he allowed four runs over five innings and earned a no-decision.

Seminara finished out the season in the minors before leaving as a free agent.  He signed with the Baltimore Orioles but never made it back to the majors. 

While with the Mets Seminara wore number 34.

Frank Seminara also plated for the San Diego Padres in 1992 and 1993.