Dave Mlicki – His New York Mets Career 1995-1998

RDave Mlickiight-handed pitcher Dave Mlicki pitched in 122 games for the Mets from 1995-1998 and posted just a 24-30 record with 1 save and a 4.15 ERA.  But he will forever hold a soft spot in the hearts of Mets fans because of one magical night on June 16, 1997 at Yankee Stadium.   On that night the Mets faced their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in the first ever regular season game between the two teams.   The Yankees were the defending World Series Champions but on that night Mlicki owned them.  He pitched a complete game shutout and struck out 8 batters as the Mets won 6-0.  Though the Mets would lose the next two games, for one night they owned bragging rights in the Big Apple.

The Mets acquired Dave Mlicki on November 18, 1994 from the Cleveland Indians along with Paul Byrd, Jerry Dipoto and Jesus Azuaje in exchange for Jeromy Burnitz and Joe Roa.   Mlicki started the season in the bullpen and made his Met debut on April 29, 1995.  He pitched a scoreless 10th inning and struck out 2 batters and was the winning pitcher as the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 in 11 innings.  He was moved to the starting rotation in May.  He earned his first win as a starter on May 18 against the Houston Astros.  He allowed 1 earned run over 7 innings as the Mets won 8-1.  On August 7 he struck out 10 batters in 7 innings against the Florida Marlins. For the season Mlicki posted a 9-7 record with a 4.26 ERA in 29 appearances, 25 as a starter.

In 1996 Mlicki appeared in 51 games, all but 2 out of the bullpen, and posted a 6-7 record with 1 save and a 3.30 ERA.  He earned his only save of the season on June 21 when he pitched the final 3 innings in the Mets 9-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

He returned to the starting rotation in 1997 and led the Mets with 32 starts, He finished with an 8-12 record with a 4.00 ERA.  Due in large part to his victory over the Yankees he was named National League Player of the Week for the week ending June 22.

Mlicki appeared in 10 games for the Mets in 1998 all as a starter and posted a 1-4 record with a 5.68 ERA.  His only victory came on May 5 when he pitched a complete game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Met traded Mlicki to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Greg McMichael on June 4 in exchange for Hideo Nomo and Brad Clontz.

While with the Mets Mlicki wore number 38.

Dave Mlicki also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1992-1993
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1998,1999
Detroit Tigers = 1999-2001
Houston Astros – 2001,2002

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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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Doug Henry – His New York Mets Career 1995-1996

Doug HenryThe Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Doug Henry from the Milwaukee Brewers on November 25, 1996 in exchange for Fernando Vina and minor leaguer Javier Gonzalez. He spent the next two seasons pitching out of the Mets bullpen.

Henry made his Met debut against the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day in 1995, He pitched a scoreless 8th   inning but the Mets lost 11-9 in extra innings. He would appear in 51 games for the Mets and posted a 3-6 record with 4 saves and a 2.96 ERA.  He earned his firs win as a Met on May 10 against the Atlanta Braves.  With the game tied at 2 he entered the game and pitched a scoreless 8th inning before the Mets scored 4 in the bottom of the frame.  His first save came on May 16th against the Houston Astros when he pitched the final two innings in the Mets 1-0 victory.

In 1996 Henry led the Mets in appearances with 58 and posted a 2-8 record with 9 saves and a 4.68 ERA. He was released following the season.  In two seasons Henry appeared in 109 games and posted a 5-14 record with 13 saves and a 3.87 ERA.

While with the Mets Henry wore number 35.

Doug Henry also played for the following teams:
Milwaukee Brewers – 1991-1994
San Francisco Giants 1997,2000
Houston Astros – 1998-2000
Kansas City Royals – 2001

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Brett Butler – His New York Mets Career 1995

Brett ButlerThe Mets signed veteran leadoff hitter Brett Butler as a free agent on April 11, 1995.  He made his Met debut as their centerfielder and leadoff hitter on Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies. He singled in his first at bat and finished the game 2 for 4 as the Mets lost 11-9 in 14 innings.  He got off to a fast start hitting safely in his first six games and 19 of his first 25.  For the week ending July 23rd he was named the National League Player of the Week when he hit .576 (19 for 33) including three straight four hit games.  He also hit his only home run of the season during the week, a 2-run shot on July 20 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

With the Mets going no where in the standings they decided to trade Butler to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team he had played for from 1991-1994, on August 18 for a couple of minor leaguers.  The Mets were playing the Dodgers that day, so Butler just walked across the field to join his new team.  Butler appeared in 90 games for the Mets and batted .311 with 1 home run and 25 RBIs

Despite only playing in 90 games, Butler led the Met in triples with 7 and stolen bases with 21.

While with the Mets Butler wore number 22.

Brett Butler also played for the following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 1981-1983
Cleveland Indians – 1984-1987
San Francisco Giants – 1988-1990
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1991-1997
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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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Jerry DiPoto – His New York Mets Career 1995,1996

Jerry DiPotoThe New York Mets acquired Jerry DiPoto, a New Jersey native, along with Dave Mlicki, Paul Byrd and Jesus Azuaje from the Cleveland Indians for Jeromy Burnitz and Joe Roa on November 18, 1994. DiPoto, a right handed middle reliever, had a fine rookie season with the Indians in 1993 (4-4 with 11 saves and a 2.40 ERA) but was coming off an injury plagued season in 1994 where he appeared in only seven games and posted an astronomical 8.04 ERA.

The Mets used him as a middle reliever in 1995 where he initially struggled, posting an 0-3 record with a 6.91 ERA in the first three months of the season. But starting in July he began to settle down winning three games during the month. By the end of the season DiPoto had lowered his ERA to 3.78 while posting a 4-6 record with two saves in 58 games, the most on the staff.

Jerry DiPoto returned to the Mets in 1996, once again primarily used as a middle reliever. After getting the win on opening day DiPoto went on to become one of the Mets most effective relievers finishing the seasons with a 7-2 record and 4.19 ERA.

Looking to bolster their starting rotation the Mets traded DiPoto to the Colorado Rockies in the off-season in exchange for Armando Reynosa, who had won 30 games for the Rockies over four seasons. In his two seasons with the Mets Jerry DiPoto pitched in 115 games posting an 11-8 record with a 3.98 ERA.

While with the Mets DiPoto wore number 45.

Jerry DiPoto also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1993,1994
Colorado Rockies – 1997-2000

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Kevin Lomon – His New York Mets Career 1995

The Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Kevin Lomon, a career minor leaguer, from the Atlanta Braves in the 1994 rule 5 draft. He made his Mets as well as his Major League debut on April 27, 1995, he pitched the final 2 2/3 innings and was the losing pitcher in the 8-7 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. Lomon would pitch in five more games for the Mets but with very little success. In 9 1/3 innings pitched he allowed 17 hits and 7 earned runs and posted a 6.75 ERA. He was returned to the Atlanta Braves on May 30.

Lomon would have a brief stint with the Atlanta Braves in 1996, but would spend the rest of his professional career toiling around the minors before retiring after the 2001 season.

While with the Mets Lomon wore number 44.

Kevin Lomon also played for the Atlanta Braves in 1996.

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Pete Walker – His New York Mets Career 1995,2001,2002

Pete WalkerAfter spending 5 seasons in the Mets minor league system right-handed pitcher Pete Walker made his Major League debut with the Mets on June 7, 1995 against the San Francisco Giants.  Walker pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and allowed 1 earned run 2 hits as the Mets lost 9-8.  He would go on to pitch in 13 games for New York, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-0 record with 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings.  His won win came on the last day of the season when he pitched a scoreless 11th inning in the Mets 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. 

Following the season Walker was traded to the San Diego Padres. He returned to the Mets as a free agent on December 28, 2000.  He spent the 2001 season in the minors before getting called up to New York in September.  He appeared 2 games and posted a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.  Walker appeared in 1 game for the Mets in 2002 before being picked up off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.  In his one appearance, he allowed 1 run in 1 inning of relief in the Mets 7-5 loss to the Montreal Expos on April 20.

In 16 total appearances for the Mets in part of 3 seasons Walker posted a 1-0 record with a 4.26 ERA.

While with the Mets Walker wore number 49 in 1995 and number 43 in 2001 and 2002.

Pete Walker also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1996
Colorado Rockies – 2000
Toronto Blue Jays – 2002,2003,2005,2006

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Damon Buford – His New York Mets Career 1995

Damon BufordDamon Buford, the son of former Baltimore Oriole great Don Buford who famously led off the 1969 World Series by hitting a home run off Tom Seaver, was acquired by the Mets on July 28th, 1995 from the Orioles along with Alex Ochoa in exchange for Bobby Bonilla.  He made his Met debut the next day as their starting leftfielder and went 1 for 3 at the plate.

Buford finished out the season playing 44 games for the Mets, splitting time between all three outfield positions.  He hit just .235 with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs with his best game coming on September 13th when he hit two home runs and drove in three in the Mets 10-5 win over the Houston Astros.

Following the season, the Mets traded Buford to the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor leaguer Terrell Lowery.

While with the Mets Buford number 2. 

Damon Buford also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 1993-1995
Texas Rangers – 1996,1997
Boston Red Sox – 1998,1999
Chicago Cubs – 2000,2001

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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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