October 28, 1988
Davey Johnson has signed a 3-year contract as manager of the New York Mets, a little more than a year after general manager Frank Cashen said Johnson would not manage the team in 1989. On the final Saturday of the 1987 season, Cashen said: "Davey will complete his contract, but he will relinquish the managerial post after next season. This is being done at his request." Cashen said Thursday his remarks that day were a mistake.
April 28, 1987 |
The New York Mets have set a tentative June 1 target date for the return of pitcher Dwight Gooden, who will be released from a drug treatment program this week. Met General Manager Frank Cashen believes Gooden could be back early enough to pitch in a three-game series against the Dodgers at Los Angeles June 1-3, the New York Daily News reported. The News also said Cashen was to begin talks Monday with Commissioner Peter Ueberroth on Gooden's status, once he returns.
May 1, 1987 |
Dwight Gooden, warned by Commissioner Peter Ueberroth that he faced at least a one-year suspension if he went back to drugs, admitted Thursday he made a mistake by using cocaine and said he hoped he could put his problem behind him. Gooden, who rejoined his New York Met teammates 24 hours after ending a 28-day stay at a drug treatment center, will face frequent drug testing.
March 2, 1989 |
Darryl Strawberry, upset that the New York Mets haven't renegotiated his contract, engaged in a brief scuffle with teammate Keith Hernandez today, then walked out of camp and said this will be his last year with the team. The scuffle broke out as the Mets posed for a team picture with Strawberry, who led the National League last season with 39 home runs, sitting between Manager Davey Johnson and catcher Gary Carter.
October 4, 1987
Two managers, Davey Johnson of the New York Mets and Dick Williams of the Seattle Mariners, said they will give up their jobs after the 1988 season. The Mets announced that Johnson, 44, will relinquish the managerial post and become a special assistant to Joe McIlvaine, vice president for baseball operations, beginning in 1989. Williams, 58, told the Seattle Times he will retire after one more year, which will be his 42nd in baseball.
February 17, 1985 |
The Boston Red Sox and New York Mets plan to play each other in a series of charity exhibition games beginning in the 1986 baseball season, the Red Sox announced. The first game will be played during that season at Fenway Park, the home of the Red Sox who have a long rivalry with the New York Yankees of the American League. The second game will be in 1987 in New York. Proceeds from the games will go to Boston's Jimmy Fund for cancer research and for amateur baseball in New York.
October 10, 1991 |
The New York Mets' brief search for a new manager is over. Jeff Torborg has agreed to become the club's 13th manager. His appointment will be announced within several days. Baseball sources indicated as much Wednesday night within hours after Torborg's meeting with General Manager Al Harazin and Frank Cashen. Harazin acknowledged the meeting, but little else. He said another meeting was scheduled with the Chicago White Sox manager.
September 19, 1986 |
The grounds crew of the New York Mets worked through the night to repair the damage inflicted to the Shea Stadium field by fans celebrating Wednesday night's division-clinching victory. Thousands of souvenir-hunting celebrants stripped large patches of grass from the infield and outfield, causing an estimated $5,000 in damages. Two arrests were reported. The 20-man grounds crew began repairing the field as the last fans were were being ushered from the stadium by police.
June 21, 1987 |
Harvard dropout Siddhartha Finch is an aspiring Buddhist monk who spouts Zen koans ("Even a good thing isn't as good as nothing"), can mimic virtually any sound in the universe (a bathtub draining, a refrigerator door closing, a monastery bell), plays a masterful French horn, and can, with unerring precision and consistency, throw a baseball 168 miles per hour--or about 75 miles-per-hour faster than can any other mortal.