Dec 10, 2010

Former Met of the Day: Doug Henry (1995-1996)

Richard Douglas Henry was born December 10th 1963 in Sacramento, California. He attended Arizona State University & pitched for the 1984 USA Olympic team. He went 2-0 helping team USA win the Bronze Medal, with team mates Mark McGwire, Barry Larkin & BJ Surhoff.

The tall righty was signed by the Brewers in 1985 in the 8th round. In his rookie season of 1991 he saved 15 games, going 0-2 with a 1.00 ERA, striking out 28 batters in 36 innings pitched. That season he came in 8th in the Rookie of the Year voting. The next year he saved 29 games, (8th in the AL) going 1-4 with a 4.02 ERA. The next season he saved 17 games, then missed time due to injury in 1994. He lost his closer job to Mike Fetters, posting a 4.60 ERA with a 2-3 record. That winter he was traded to the New York Mets for a player to be named later, who turned out to be Fernando Vina.

He spent two seasons as a middle reliever with the Mets, appearing in over 50 games both seasons. In 1995 he had a fine year, going 3-5 with four saves posting a 2.96 ERA, striking out 62 batters in 67 innings. The next year wasn’t as good, although he saved nine games; he was 2-8 with a 4.68 ERA. He was released at the end of the season.

He went to the San Francisco Giants, first in 1997, then to Houston getting to two post seasons allowing one in run in four appearances. He returned to the Giants in 2000 getting to the NLDS appearing in three games allowing one run against the Mets. He finished his 11 year career in Kansas City, posting 82 lifetime saves, going 34-42 with a 4.19 ERA. Since his playing days he has coached in the Royals & Braves organizations.

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