Feb 23, 2016

Remembering Mets History: Eddie Murray Becomes All Time RBI Leader Amongst Switch Hitters (1992)

June 6th 1992: On this day Hall of Famer; Eddie Murray became the All Time RBI leader amongst switch hitters, while in a Mets uniform.

At the time Manager Jeff Torborg’s Mets came to Three Rivers Stadium to play the first place Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets were just two games behind the Pirates in second place. On the mound Sid Fernandez (5-5) took on Denny Nagle (2-4). 

Vince Coleman led off the game for New York with a double & advanced to third base on Willie Randolph base hit. Next, Eddie Murray hit a long fly ball to left field, it was caught by Barry Bonds but it was far enough for Coleman to score. It was Murrays 1,510th career RBI, putting him ahead of Mickey Mantle as the all time RBI leader amongst switch hitters.

Murray went on to drive in 93 runs for the ’92 Mets, hitting 37 doubles, 16 HRs, but only batting .263. He was 37 years old the next year he had his last good year at the plate; .285 average, 20 HRs, 28 doubles, 100 RBIs.

As for the rest of the game that night; the Mets trounced Pittsburgh 15-1, beating up Negale, Victor Cole & Dennis Lamp with18 hits.

On the Mets side “El Sid” Sid Fernandez pitched the complete game victory,  allowing one run on seven hits, striking out five. The Mets Bobby Bonilla had a big night against his old team, with four hits & four RBIs. Todd Hundley &Chico Walker both had three RBIs apiece.

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