Oct 21, 2014

Mid Seventies Mets Pitcher: Randy Tate (1975)

Randall Lee Tate was born October 23, 1952 in Florence, Alabama. The tall six foot three right hander was drafted by the New York Mets in the fifth round of the 1972 draft.

In 1973 at A ball Pompano Beach he went 4-10, then in 1974 was 9-11 between A ball & AAA. He was expected to do a lot for the Mets and was thrown into the 1975 starting rotation as an inexperienced rookie.

Tate debuted on April 14th 1975 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia in the  fifth game of the season. In his first start he pitched eight innings against the Phillies, allowing three runs on three hits earning no decision. On April 20th in his first start at Shea, got his first victory, beating the Chicago Cubs 4-3 led by a Dave Kingman two run HR.

Tate lost his next three decisions & six of his next seven by the end of June. On June 28th he had his best day, allowing two runs on four hits as he pitched a complete game victory against Philadelphia at Shea Stadium.

On August 4th he had a no hitter going into the 8th inning against the Montreal Expos. But Jim Lyttle ruined the bid with a pinch hit base hit.

Tate surrendered a walk & then Gary Carter drove in the first run. Former Met Mike Jorgensen drove in the next run & Tate wound up with a 4-3 loss. On August 26th he earned his final career victory, pitching a two run complete game win at San Diego.

In 1976 he was back at AAA Tidewater but fell to 7-14 with a 6.20 ERA. He was demoted down to A ball where he improved to 11-8 with a 3.57 ERA at Lynchburg. In 1978 he had one last shot in the Pittsburgh Pirate organization but tore his rotator cuff which ended his career 26.

Overall in 23 games he went 5-13 with 99 strikeouts 86 walks and a 4.45 ERA.

Trivia: Randy goes down in history as being the only player to ever record 47 plate appearances and never get a hit. He is one of the worst hitters ever, going 0-41 with one walk. The one time he got on base he tried to steal a base, getting thrown out at second.

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