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1984 New York Mets season

1984 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Location
  • New York, New York (since 1962)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, Jr.
    General manager(s) Frank Cashen
    Manager(s) Davey Johnson
    Local television WOR-TV/SportsChannel New York
    (Ralph Kiner, Steve Zabriskie, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy)
    Local radio WHN
    (Bob Murphy, Steve LaMar, Juan Alicea)
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    The New York Mets' 1984 season was the 23rd regular season for the Mets. They went 90–72 and finished in second place in the National League East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    The season had already gotten off to an embarrassing start for GM Frank Cashen and the Mets before it even started. Believing that it was unnecessary to protect a high-salaried, forty-year-old pitcher, the Mets left Tom Seaver unprotected and the Mets were stunned on January 20, 1984 when he was claimed in a free-agent compensation draft by the Chicago White Sox.

    This left opening day duties to Mike Torrez. Torrez lasted only 1.1 innings against the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium, giving up six earned runs, and giving the Mets their first opening day loss since 1974. Davey Johnson's team did, however, come back to win the next six in a row, including Dwight Gooden's Major League Baseball debut on April 7.[5] Off-season acquisition Sid Fernandez made his debut with the Mets on July 16, going seven innings against the Houston Astros at the Astrodome, and earning the victory.

    Season standings

    Team Wins Losses Win % GB
    Chicago Cubs 96 65 .596 0
    New York Mets 90 72 .556 6.5
    St. Louis Cardinals 84 78 .519 12.5
    Philadelphia Phillies 81 81 .500 15.5
    Montreal Expos 78 83 .484 18.0
    Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87 .463 21.5


    Notable transactions

    Opening Day starters

    • Wally Backman
    • Hubie Brooks
    • George Foster
    • John Gibbons
    • Keith Hernandez
    • Jose Oquendo
    • Darryl Strawberry
    • Mike Torrez
    • Mookie Wilson[12]

    Roster

    1984 New York Mets roster
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    1B Hernandez, KeithKeith Hernandez 154 550 171 .311 15 94
    [13]

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Gardenhire, RonRon Gardenhire 74 207 51 .246 1 10
    Heep, DannyDanny Heep 99 199 46 .231 1 12
    Chapman, KelvinKelvin Chapman 75 197 57 .289 3 23
    Santana, RafaelRafael Santana 51 152 42 .276 1 12
    Knight, RayRay Knight 27 93 26 .280 1 6
    Ortiz, JuniorJunior Ortiz 40 91 18 .198 0 11
    Staub, RustyRusty Staub 78 72 19 .264 1 18
    Gibbons, JohnJohn Gibbons 10 31 2 .065 0 1
    Winningham, HermHerm Winningham 14 27 11 .407 0 5
    Mitchell, KevinKevin Mitchell 7 14 3 .214 0 1
    Christensen, JohnJohn Christensen 5 11 3 .273 0 3
    Beane, BillyBilly Beane 5 10 1 .100 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden 31 218 17 9 2.60 276
    Torrez, MikeMike Torrez 9 37.2 1 5 5.02 16

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Gorman, TomTom Gorman 36 6 0 0 2.97 40

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Jackson, Lynchburg, Little Falls

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Notes

    References