Feb 26, 2020

Remembering Mets History (1992): Hojo Steals 200th Base & Eddie Murray Hits 400th HR

Sunday May 3rd 1992: Jeff Torborg's New York Mets (15-10) visited Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium, to play Bobby Cox's N.L. Champion Braves (12-13) in front of 41,282. 

Todays game would be highlighted by two career mile stones for two veteran Mets players.

The starting pitchers were David Cone for New York & Charlie Leibrandt for Atlanta.

Starting Lineups


The two pitchers matched zeros until the top of the 5th inning. The Mets, Bobby Bonilla singled & Eddie Murray doubled but Bonilla could not score. Howard Johnson came up & doubled bringing in both runners making it 2-0 Mets. Johnson then stole third base and would add another steal later in the 6th inning.

Career Milestone: The mile stone stolen bases put him at 200 steals for his career, making him the 16th player in MLB history to have 200 HRs & 200 stolen bases. In 1989 Johnson had joined Willie Mays & Bobby Bonds as the only two players, at that time, to have multi year 30 HR / 30 stolen base seasons.

Later that inning, Johnson would score in David Cones base hit. Willie Randolph grounded out but another run scored making it 5-0 Mets.

In the top of the 6th, Howard Johnson walked & stole second. He came around to score on Daryl Boston's infield single. The Mets went to a 6-0 lead.

In the 8th inning Eddie Murray had his own career mile stone. Murray hit a solo HR off Marvin Freeman marking the 400th HR of his Hall of Fame career. He would go on to hit 504 career HRs.

This was a highlight in what was to be a bad year for the Mets.After signing high priced free agent duds like Bobby Bonilla, Vince Coleman & Bret Saberhagen, the team was soon dubbed "the worst team money could buy" as they finished two games out of last place at 75-87.

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