Sep 29, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (2016) Mets 1.5 Games Up Atop Wild Card Race With Three Games Left In Regular Season

Wednesday September 28th 2016: After an emotional series in Miami where the Marlins (and Mets) paid tribute to Jose Fernandez who lost his life in a boating accident earlier this week, the Mets attended to business.

They took two of three from the Marlins, eliminating them from playoff contention as well. Seth Lugo earned his fifth straight win, Jeurys Familia earned his 50th save, the most ever by a Dominican pitcher, Jay Bruce is hitting HRs as well as driving in runs & most important  the Mets are atop the wild card position in the NL. With three games left to play & four days left in the regular season the Mets magic number is down to two for clinching the wild card spot.

In the 1st inning, the Marlins Martin Prado hit a two run HR off Seth Lugo, but it would be all the runs Mets pitching would allow on the night. Lugo went into the 6th inning but after giving up a base hit, Terry Collins yanked him.

The Mets relief corps. of Hansel Robles, Fernando Salas got to the Addison Reed 8th & Jeurys Familia 9th as the two combined for another hold & save. Familia shattering the Mets record for single season saves, now at 50.

In the top of the 2nd. TJ Rivera doubled & James Loney back in the line up, homered to right field, his 8th of the year. In the 4th, Lugo helped his own cause with a double & then came in on Jose Reyes double, making it 3-0.

In the 5th, the all of a sudden, hot hitting Jay Bruce hit his third HR in five games, his 32nd of the year capping off the 5-2 Mets win. Bruce is now just four runs shy of 100 RBIs.

Quotes: Jay Bruce- "If we win, we'll be fine, We can't worry about what everyone else is doing or anything like that. It's just, play baseball. And we've been doing a good job of it. Everybody's been doing their part."

This win came off a big win on Tuesday where Noah Syndergaard won his 14th games as the Mets scored 12 runs. HRs by Yoenis Cespedes & Jay Bruce led the way as Lucas Duda & Curtis Granderson as each drove in three runs as well.

The Cardinals & Giants both lost helping the Mets in the top wild card lead.

Sep 28, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (2008) The Closing Ceromonies At Shea Stadium

Sunday September 28th, 2008: I had to put aside the 2008 Mets  after they lost this final contest, the last game evr to be played at Shea Stadium. I did not want them to ruin the closing ceremonies for me. 
For me this ceremony was one of my greatest moments at Shea Stadium. Many all time great Mets of the past assembled on the field for the last time. 

It was extremely emotional when Mets Hall of Famer; Tom Seaver threw out the final pitch to Mike Piazza. Then the two Mets legends walked off into center field & closed the gates to the Beatles song "In My Life".

Many players from the 1969 World Champion Amazing Mets, to the 1973 NL Pennant winners. The 1986 World Champion teams & players from the 2000 NL Pennant winners as well were all present. There were earlier Mets players on hand as well from the teams first few years & players from other points in team history.

 Its was finally time we all put aside the hard feelings we had for George Foster &  Dave Kingman, and to remember the good times they had on some bad teams. Dwight Gooden made a very emotional return to  Shea Stadium on this day as well.

For me it was the 1969/1973 Mets that made the day. Besides my favorite of all time Tom Seaver, there were legendary Hall of Famers Willie Mays & former Met Manager Yogi Berra. 

Members of both 1969 & 1973 featured; A Met who's number should be considered for retirement Jerry Koosman, as well as the great shortstop Bud Harrelson.The longest career player in Mets history; Ed Kranepool was there. 

The man who hit .340 in the 1969 Amazing season, Cleon Jones, knelt down on one knee, just like he did in 1969 making the final catch of the World Series, when he was announced.  Pitcher Jim McAndrew, a member of the 1969 & 1973 staff was also there.

 One of the most under rated players of all time, but a very popular Mets figure and  a key player in the 1973 Pennant winning team-Rusty Staub got a huge hand from the crowd.  

1969 Third baseman; The Glider- Ed Charles, as well as the third baseman from both 1969& 1973 teams Wayne Garrett were on both there. 

The 69 right field platoon of Ron Swoboda & Art Shamsky made their appearances. The leading hitter from the 1973 team; second baseman Felix Millan was there & folk hero "the Stork" George Theodore also on hand.

Then the 1986 World Champs had plenty of representation, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Darryl Strawberry, Doctor K; Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling, Howard Johnson, Bobby Ojeda, Jesse Orosco, Lenny Nails Dykstra, Lee Mazzilli, El Sid Fernandez, Tim Tueful & Wally Backman.

It was also great to see other Mets from various points in team history: slugger Dave Kingman made his return to Shea after so many years. 

The first Met All Star; Ron Hunt, later All Star; John Stearns were both on hand. Late seventies Mets Doug Flynn, & Craig Swan. early sixties Mets Jack Fisher, Frank Thomas & Al Jackson.

Eight years after since the last Mets Pennant winner, the 2000 club featured; Edgardo Alfonzo, Robin Ventura, Todd Ziele, John Franco, Al Leiter, and one of the all time Mets greats; Mike Piazza.

There were touching tributes to announcer Ralph Kiner, long time groundskeeper Pete Flynn who drove the Beatles to the stage in 1964 & Paul McCartney to the stage for Billy Joel's Last Play at Shea in 2008. Other tributes went to Bill Shea's family, Bob Murphy's wife; Joy Murphy, Tommie Agee's wife & daughter, Tug McGraws children & Gil Hodges' wife & son.

It was a great way to close out Shea Stadiums history. 


Remembering Mets History: (2007) John Maine's One Hitter & A Brawl With the Marlins

Saturday September 29th 2007:  The reigning NL Eastern Champion Mets were in the midst of one of the worse collapses in history. On September 12th New York had a commanding seven game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. But these Mets fell apart, losing 11 o15 games, plus a streak of five losses in a row. As the Phillies stayed hot, the Mets fell a game behind in the standings. On this Saturday Willie Randolph's Mets (88-73) hosted Fredi Gonzales fifth place Marlins (70-91). John Maine took the mound against Chris Seddon.

Starting Lineups

Today Maine would step up as he did in last years post season & have one of his best games ever. As the Mets were facing elimination & down in the dumps Johhny Maine showed heart.

Although he walked Dan Uggla in the 1st inning, he quietly kept retiring the side & posting strike outs. In the 2nd inning he recorded two strike outs, in the 3rd he struck out the side. He would add a pair of strike outs in each of the next three innings as well. By the middle innings it was noticed Maine had a no hitter going.

The Mets had an offensive explosion this day, taking an early lead on RBI singles from Moises Alou & Carlos Delgado in the 1st inning. In the 2nd, Lasting Milledge singled & was sacrificed to second by Maine. Luis Castillo scored him on a base hit. David Wright walked, Carlos Beltran & Moises Alou added RBI singles to make it 5-0 Mets.

Lastings Milledge then hit HRs in his next two at bats, as usual he show boated & admired his blasts rounding the bases. This along with the no hit bid & the 9-0 lead didn't sit well with the Marlins. Florida pitcher, Harvey Garcia threw a pitch behind Castillo's legs. Both benches cleared & the bullpens emptied. Mets pitching coach Tom Peterson was having words with Marlin catcher Miquel Olivo but was pulled away by David Wright.

Jose Reyes was on third base & antagonized the Marlin catcher, bantering him. After Castillo walked, Olivo charged down the line at Reyes, the two were friends & Reyes thought he was originally kidding. A fight broke out, Mets third base coach Sandy Alomar served as a buffer as did Miquel Cabrera.

Quotes: Jose Reyes: He's kind of crazy sometimes,  I said, 'Let's go. Let's fight.' I can't say no. I'm not scared. We're both men."

Said Olivo: "He told me, 'Let's you and me fight. Let's go.' I don't know why. I'm on the mound waiting for the pitcher and he's talking (smack) over there....We are good friends. Today, I don't know what happened with him. We played winter ball in the Dominican all the time. I don't know. Today he might have gotten too excited."

The Shea Faithful who had been all over Reyes for his lax play & .215 batting average in September cheered him today with the 'Jose Jo-se Jo-se" chants.

As the game resumed, Wright added an RBI hit, Ramon Castro hit a HR & David Newhan drove in another as the Mets went on to an 13-0 win.

Maine held the Marlins hitless until the 8th inning. With two outs, Paul Hoover who had come in to replace Olivo when he was ejected for the fight singled softly on weak grounder to third base. The no hitter was gone, the Met fans gave Maine a standing ovation as Willie Randolph took him out of the game & brought in Willie Collazo to get the third out of the 8th inning.

Maine went 8.1 innings with no runs, one hit, a career high 14 strike outs & two walks earning his 15th win of the year (15-10). This was the 32nd one hitter thrown in Mets history.

The Mets were tied for first place but lost the next day eliminating them from the post season.

Sep 27, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (1969) Mets Pitchers Toss Four Straight Shut Outs

Gil Hodges, Jerry Koosman, Tom Seaver & Gary Gentry
Sunday September 28th, 1969: A small crowd of just 6,875 came to Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, to see the first place Mets face George Myatt's; Phillies (62-97). Gil Hodges Mets had already clinched the NL Eastern title earlier in the week. The Mets would win their 99th game of the season tonight & Mets pitchers would throw the fourth straight shut out of the week.

Gary Gentry (12-12) who had last pitched in the clincher, four games ago was on the mound tonight going against Jerry Johnson (6-12). Gentry had shut out the Cardinals that night & would combine on a shut out on this night. Gentry would pitch five innings, allow just three hits & no walks. Nolan Ryan came in the 6th, he went three innings allowing one hit, striking out four & walking three. Ron Taylor closed it out with a scoreless 9th for his 13th save.

In the 2nd inning, Ed Kranepool walked, followed by a Wayne Garrett base hit. Jim Gosger then doubled in the first run & Gary Gentry singled home the other in the 2-0 win.

Saturday September 27th, 1969: Tom Seaver won his league leading, 25th game of the year as he three hit the Phillies in this shut out. Seaver struck out just four & walked just two in the game, lowering his ERA to 2.21 on the way to his first Cy Young season.

Friday September 26th 1969: In the opener of this series in Philadelphia, Jerry Koosman (16-9) went out & tossed a four hit shut out, his sixth of the year. Koosman struck out seven & walked just two, as he was tuning up for the post season.

Don Clendenon put the Mets on the board in the 1st with a two run HR of Woodie Fryman. In the 2nd, Duffy Dyer doubled & when Al Weis reached on an error he scored. In the visiting 5th, Bobby Heise doubled & Clendenon was walked intentionally. Young players; Amos Otis & Bobby Pfeil both singled bringing in two more runs. The Mets went on to a 5-0 win.

On Wednesday September 24th, Gentry helped the Mets clinch the N.L. East title at Shea Stadium (see previous post).

Remembering Mets History: (1963) Mets Start the Tradition of Banner Day

Sunday September 15th 1963: As the New York Mets started gathering a fan base, they began to come up with unique ideas to root on their team. The early Mets were not a good ball club but the fans still loved them. Many fans were old New York Giants & Brooklyn Dodger fans.

Others were a new breed of Young New Yorkers getting ready to let loose in the swinging sixties. One of the Mets fans popular things to do was to express them selves with banners. Plaquards as Manger Casey Stengel called them, would soon be seen all around the Polo Grounds.

But Mets President George Weiss banned the banners at the games, claiming they were blocking the view for other fans sitting in their seats. The drama began as Mets fans blasted the team for taking away their banners.

The negative press didn't sit well for a bad ball club just starting out in the largest city in the world. The solution was to have a Banner Day, a parade of banners would be allowed on the field in between a Sunday double header.

On September 15th 1963 at the Polo Grounds, the Mets held their first banner day in between a twin bill loss to the Houston Colt 45's. The winning banner read "This sign is in Favor of the Mets"!

Banner Day was one of the most popular Mets promotional days through the sixties at the new Shea Stadium & right on through the seventies, eighties & mid nineties. In 1996 the last banner day was held at Shea Stadium.

Banner Day took a long hiatus, not returning until 2012 at Citi Field due to popular demand. Banner Day is Alive & well at Citi!

Former Mets First Baseman: Dave Magadan (1986-1992)

David Joseph Magadan was born September 30, 1962 in Tampa, Florida. Magadan was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1980 but chose to stay in school instead.

He was the MVP of the American Legion World Series, and then attended the University of Alabama where he won the Golden Spikes Award in 1983.

He helped the Crimson Tide get to the College World Series where he faced Calvin Schiraldi & Roger Clemens. He was selected College Player of the Year by Baseball America and got signed by the New York Mets, as a second round pick in 1983.

Magadan was pure natural hitter, batting well over .300 at all minor league levels, getting a cup of coffee to te big leagues in September of 1986. He came up as a third & first baseman making his Mets debut on September 7, 1986. He got his first start on September 17th, the night the Mets clinched the 1986 NL East title. Magadan went 3-4 with 2 RBIs, as everything seemed to go well for the Mets in those days. He went 8-18 that September but was not eligible for post season play.

In 1987 he hit a pinch hit HR in his second game played, & strong May gave him a .323 average at months end. He hit well through the summer, including a four hit day at Shea against the Chicago Cubs on August 9th. 

Overall he got into 85 games, hitting .318, with 3 HRs 13 doubles 22 walks 24 RBIs & a .385 on base percentage. He showed good patience at the plate and didn’t strike out much, just 22 times in 192 at bats. Manager Davey Johnson tried to get him in the lineup as often as he could although it was tough with Keith Hernandez at first & Howard Johnson at third base.

In 1988 he had a bad start hitting just .209 by early June. He then hit safely in 30 of his next 35 games, and was up at .314 near the All Star break. He then dropped off to a bit to finish with a .277 average in 314 at bats, he hit 1 HR with 15 doubles with 35 RBIs. He played in 71 games at first base behind Keith Hernandez posting a .988 fielding % & 48 games at third base making 4 errors in 83 chances. In the 1988 NLCS he went 0-3 as a pinch hitter in three games.

In 1989 he got into 127 games as injury as age began to catch up to Keith Hernandez. On May 13th his 11th inning RBI single off San Diego’s Greg Harris was a game winner walk off for a Mets win.

Three weeks later on June 3rd he hit a walk off HR in the 11th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the 1989 season Magadan batted .286, with 22 doubles, 4 HRs 49 walks a .367 on base % & 41 RBIs, while posting a .991 fielding percentage playing a solid first base.

By 1990 Magadan became the Mets everyday first baseman by June, beating out Mike Marshall for the job when he was hitting over .300. On June 12th he had a huge day at Wrigley Field gathering up four hits with six RBIs and a HR in the Mets 19-8 win. He got three more hits the next day & then in the next three game series at Pittsburgh he had eight hits with another four hit day on June 15th.

He closed out the month hitting safely in 15 of 16 games with nine multiple hit games raising his average to .361 by July 1st. Hit continued hitting well through the rest of the year hitting .328 (3rd in the league), posted the leagues 2nd best on base percentage (.417). He drew 77 walks (8th in the league) & had 10 sacrifice flies (5th in the league). He hit 28 doubles, with 6 HRs, & 72 RBIs.

Overall he played in a career high 144 games in the 1990 season with 10 sac flies (5th in the NL). At first base he led all first baseman with a .998 fielding percentage, making only two errors in 903 chances with 113 games at that position.

He was never able to put up the same kind of numbers again, dropping to a.258 average the next year, although he still posted a strong .378 on base percentage. He was the Mets main first baseman that season although the team finished a disappointing 5th.

1992 would be his last season as a Met; he brought his average back up to .283 with a .390 on base percentage, although he was limited to playing only 99 games. The Mets had acquired Hall of Famer Eddie Murray for first base, & Magadan was moved over to third base full time.

He had been playing a small number of games at that position for the past few seasons. He posted a .941 fielding percentage making 11 errors in 187 chances. The Mets didn’t resign him in 1993 as Howard Johnson came back to third base after playing in centerfield the previous year. Magadan signed on with the expansion Florida Marlins as a free agent for 1993.

There he batted .286 with 4 HRs 12 doubles & 44 RBIs in 66 games before being traded to the Seattle Mariners that June. He was traded back to Florida batting .275 in 74 games played behind Jerry Browne who hit .295. Magadan then signed a one year deal as a free agent with the Houston Astros in 1995 where he hit .313 with 24 doubles 2 HRs 51 RBIs 71 walks & a career high .428 on base %. After a year in Chicago with the Cubs (78 games batting .254), he went to the Oakland Athletics for two seasons.

In 1997 he hit over .303 with a .414 on base % in 128 games. The next season he missed alot of action playing in only 35 games but batted .321. In 1999 he was a member of the NL Western Champion San Diego Padres, batting .274 with 2 HRs 12 doubles & 30 RBIs. He stayed in San Diego for three seasons finishing out his career there in 2001.

In his 16 year playing career (1582 games) he had 1197 hits, batting .288, with 218 doubles 13 triples 42 HRs & 495 RBIs posting a .390 on base percentage putting him at #101 all time. At first base he posted a .994 fielding % (60th all time) making 28 errors in 4344 chances. At third base he posted a .951 fielding % with 71 errors in 1449 chances turning 84 double plays.

Retirement: After his playing days, he first became the San Diego Padres hitting coach (2003-2006). He then became the Boston Red Sox hitting coach (2007-through the present 2011) winning a World Series there in 2007, as his team batted .333 in the Series.

In his first season as their batting coach the team improved in batting average (.269 to .279), slugging percentage (.435 to .444) and on base percentage (.351 to .362), leading the American League with 689 walks.

In 2008 they led the league in walks & on base % coming in second with a .280 batting average. In 2009 he was suspended for one game after arguing balls & strikes with umpire Bob Davidson, that season the Sox fell to 4th with a .270 batting average, coming in second in doubles, walks, slugging & on base %.

In 2010 they were 5th with a .268 batting average, but second in HRs, runs scored & slugging. In 2011 the Red Sox finished second in hitting with a .280 batting average. They were first in hits, runs, doubles, slugging & on base % in the AL. The Red Sox collapse at the end of the season got Manager Terry Francona fired as the team did not make the post season.

In 2012 Magadan became hitting coach under  new manager Bobby Valentine. The Red Sox finished fifth, their worst placing since 1993. In 2013 John Farrell took over as manager & all new coaches were brought in as well. Magadan moved on to the Texas Rangers, becoming the hitting coach under Manager Ron Washington.

By early September the Rangers were in first place, but lost out in the West once again to the Oakland A's & did not make the playoffs.  The club batted .262 (fourth best in the AL). They were fourth in hits, sixth in HRs & 7th in runs scored as well on base %.

The 2014 Rangers fell off in the bottom of the AL West standings. Their hitting for average ranked in the top five but they dropped off in hits, HRs & Runs scored. In 2015 the Rangers were ranking 7th in hits, HRs, triples, walks & on base %.

Family: Magadan is the cousin and godson of former manager Lou Piniella. 

Dave has been married twice. He has two sons from his first marriage & a daughter with his wife Monique.

Sep 26, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (2000) Mets Clinch Wild Card Berth

Wednesday September 27th, 2000: On this day in Mets history, the Mets clinched (at least a tie) for their second Wild Card playoff berth. Bobby Valentine's Mets would win their 90th game of the season (90-68) getting to the post season for the second straight year.

It was the only time in team history the team went to the post season in consecutive seasons.

Fittingly the Mets hosted their biggest rival of this era, Bobby Cox's Atlanta Braves (94-64). Cox sent Kevin Millwood (10-12) to the hill to face the Mets Rick Reed (10-5) in front of 48,858 wild & crazy Mets fans.

Atlanta Braves       New York Mets
1Rafael FurcalSS1Timo PerezLF
2Andruw JonesCF2Derek BellRF
3Chipper Jones3B3Edgardo Alfonzo2B
4Andres Galarraga1B4Mike PiazzaC
5Bobby BonillaLF5Robin Ventura3B
6Javy LopezC6Todd Zeile1B
7Reggie SandersRF7Jay PaytonCF
8Keith Lockhart2B8Mike BordickSS
9Kevin MillwoodP9Rick ReedP

In the 1st the Braves Andru Jones hit a solo HR putting Atlanta on the board first. Reed would give up a hit in each of the next three innings, but then shut down Atlanta through the next four innings. He would pitch eight innings, allowing the one run on four hits, with just one walk, while fanning seven Braves. Reed one of the steadiest Mets pitchers of that era won his 11th game, finishing the year at 11-5.

In the 4th inning, Timo Perez walked & then Millwood helped out the Mets walking three batters, including Todd Zeile bringing in the Mets first run. In the 5th, Timo Perez tripled with two outs, Darryl Hamilton pinch hit for Derek Bell 7 singled in Perez. Edgardo Alfonzo then blasted a two run HR, his 25th of the year, it was 4-1 Mets and the fans went wild.

In the 6th, Robin Ventura singled, advanced to second & scored on Jay Payton's base hit. In the 7th, with Atlanta's Scott Kamieniecki on the mound, Hamilton walked & Alfonzo singled. Robin Ventura then doubled  bringing in his 82nd run of the year.

In the 9th, Armando Benitez who never made anything go easily, gave up a HR to Andres Galaraga & a single to Wally Joyner, but stuck out the other three batters including Bobby Bonilla to a chorus of Shea boo's, to end the game.

The Mets celebrated & the fans cheered on their club.

Thursday September 28th, 2000: The next night, the Mets beat Atlanta 8-2, securing their wild card spot, as Bobby Jones won his 11th game of the year, beating Greg Maddox, denying him his 20th win (19-9).

52,184 filled up Shea Stadium that night, rocking the rafters.

In the Mets 4th, Timo Perez walked, Darryl Hamilton walked & Jay Payton was hit by a pitch. Lenny Harris got on with an infield single scoring Perez. Todd Pratt then singled bringing in two more runs 3-1 Mets. The Mets added another on a Braves error in the next inning. In the 6th Kurt Abbott hit his 6th HR of the year, a two run shot off Terry Mulholland, making it a 6-2 game.

In the 7th Alfonzo reached on an error & Lenny Harris walked. Todd Pratt singled in Jorge Valendia, who was running for Alfonzo. Matt Franco grounded into a force but Harris scored capping the 8-2 Mets win.

The other Bobby Jones came in to close it out in the 9th inning. The Mets went on to win their last five games finishing the year at 94-68. They advanced to the post season, beating the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS & the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS to win the pennant. They advanced to the first subway World Series since 1956.

1986 World Champion Mets Relief Pitcher: Doug Sisk (1982-1987)

Douglas Randall Sisk was born September 26, 1957 at Renton Washington. Sisk grew up a Mets fan, saying he could tell everyone in Washington State the rosters of the 1969 & 1973 Mets as a teenager. 

The six foot two right hander attended Washington State University & was signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 1980. After one season as a started he was converted to a full time reliever at A ball Lynchburg in 1981.

In 1982 at AA Jackson, Sisk went 11-7 with five saves, posting a 2.67 ERA getting a call up to the Mets staff in September of that year. He made his debut on September 6th 1982, closing out a game against the Pirates at Pittsburgh in a 6-1 Mets loss. On September 15th after pitching three scoreless innings in relief, he served up a walk off HR to Andre Dawson in Montreal, earning his first career loss. In eight appearances he went 0-1 with a save, allowing just the one run, posting a 1.04 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched.

On Opening Day 1983, Tom Seaver, returned to Shea Stadium with the Mets pitching six scoreless innings against the Phillies & Steve Carlton. It was just like the old days with the two future Hall of Famers going at it. For Sisk it was a dream come true, relieving the great Tom Seaver. Sisk came in relief & was the winning pitcher of record as Mike Howard (who only played that one game for the 1983 Mets) drove in a run along with Brian Giles, as the Mets won it 2-0.

In July he earned another win, it came against the Houston Astros at Shea, benefiting from a Daryl Strawberry 8th inning HR. That month he also blew two games, one against the Phillies, one against the Braves. He had the chance of winning both games.

On the season, Sisk appeared in 67 games, which was a Mets single season record at the time. He pitched a career high 104 innings, going 5-4 with 11 saves (second on the club to Jesse Orosco’s 17 saves) posting a 2.24 ERA. His good sinkerball had him only allow one HR all season. In fact in his career he only allowed 15 HRs in 523 innings pitched. Sisk’s problem were always walks, in 1983 he walked 59 batters while only striking out 33.

In 1984 Sisk started out the year saving the second & fifth games of the season. In June he was spectacular, saving six games & getting credit for one hold. In the month he allowed just one earned run in 21 innings of work. Overall he had a good first half, at the All Star break he was 1-1 with 13 saves and a 0.62 ERA.

At the end of July, he had a two rough outings against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium during the pennant race. A week later in Chicago he allowed two runs over three innings earning no decision in the loss. He was then sidelined on the DL for the rest of the month & only made five more appearances all year.

On the season he was second to Jesse Orosco in saves with 15, going 1-3 with 6 holds & a 2.09 ERA. Sisk walked 54 batters in 77 innings with only 32 strike outs.

His walks began to irk the Mets fans & manager Davey Johnson. Soon with the emergence of Roger McDowell, Sisk became the long man eating up innings in games where the Mets were either ahead by a lot or behind by a lot. He became the target of the Shea boo birds, especially after George Foster was dismissed in 1986. The fans needed someone to pick on, even though the team was winning.

In September 1985, the Mets played a crucial series at Shea Stadium against the first place Chicago Cubs. On the first night of the series, Dwight Gooden pitched a 10-0 one hit shut out.

The next night the Mets were down 2-0 when Sisk came in & gave up two more runs. He exited to boos & from that day on it was nothing but a bad relationship with the fans. He received death threats & even had a fan pull a fake gun on him.

He once received a prescription in the mail for cyanide, telling him to take it often in big doses. One night he was being followed home & instead of going home, went to a Long Island bar where he knew the people. There the followers got a surprise & took a beating themselves.

 In Erik Sherman's book "Kings of Queens'' Sisk said he resented the fact that he was booed so badly in 1985 & Keith Hernandez came out of the Pittsburgh drug trials with immunity getting a standing ovation from the crown upon his return.

In 1985 Sisk was 4-5 with just two saves, posting a 5.30 ERA, walking 40 batters, striking out 26 in 72 innings in 42 appearances. It was eventually found out that he had bone chips in his elbow which affected his pitching.

Trivia: Sisk, Jesse Orosco & Danny Heep were some heavy drinking party guys during the mid eighties Mets years. Their antics earned them the name- "the scum bunch".

In 1986 he went unnoticed but actually rebounded to have a pretty decent season. He was 4-2 with one save posting a 3.06 ERA. From August on to the end of the regular season, he was 2-0 with a save & had two holds to his credit. In that period he allowed earned runs in just five of twenty appearances.

Overall in the Mets Championship season, he made 41 appearances with 70 innings pitched.. He walked 31 batters & struck out 31, which was certainly an improvement from the past year.

Post Season: He got to appear in one game of the NLCS & one game of the World Series, pitching an inning of mop up work each time, both in Met losses. He allowed a walk in each appearance earning no decisions.

In the 1987 season he made 55 appearances going 3-1 while lowering his walks to just 22 in 78 innings pitched.

That December, after requesting a trade to GM Frank Cashen his wishes were granted as he was sent to the Baltimore Orioles for Blaine Beatty. Beatty would pitch in just seven games over two seasons for the Mets. Sisk went 3-3 in Baltimore then moved to the Atlanta Braves pitching in only 17 games over two seasons, retiring in 1991.

In his nine year career, he was 22-20 with 33 saves, 267 walks, 195 strikeouts & a 3.27 ERA in 523 inning appearing in 332 games.

Retirement: After baseball he became a coach at the Lakewood Washington Boys & Girls club. He then began to sell fine wines working for a wine distributor.

Family: Doug & his wife have been married over thirty years & have three grown children together.