Feb 23, 2020

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

Saturday, June 6th 1992: On this day Hall of Famer; Eddie Murray became the All Time RBI leader amongst switch hitters, doing it while playing in a Mets uniform. Murray spent two years with the Mets in the twilight of his career.

The Mets & Manager Jeff Torborg, came to Three Rivers Stadium to play Jim Leyland's, first place Pittsburgh Pirates. At the time, the Mets were just two games behind the Pirates in second place. By the end of the season the Mets would drop to fifth place (72-90) & get labled the"the worst team money could buy" as all the high priced veterans were aging or underachieving.

The Pirates would win the NL East but lose to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS in seven games.

On the mound today, for New York, Sid Fernandez (5-5) took on the Pirates' Denny Nagle (2-4). 



Starting Lineups


Vince Coleman led off the game for New York with a double & advanced to third base on Willie Randolph's 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 1992 Mets, hitting 37 doubles, 16 HRs, but only batted .263. He was 37 years old at the time. In 1993 he had his last good year at the plate, batting .285 with 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 with 18 hits. Todd Hundlet, Bobby Bonilla & Chico Walker all homered for the Mets.

Bonilla had four hits with four RBIs, Todd Hundley &Chico Walker (who came in a s a pinch hitter) both drove in three runs each. Howard Johnson & Dick Schofield both drove in a run each.

Eddie Murray had two RBI's on the night. The other coming on a 6th inning base hit.

On the mound for the Mets, “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.

No comments: