1979 New York Mets season

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1979 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Charles Shipman Payson
General manager(s) Joe McDonald
Manager(s) Joe Torre
Local television WOR-TV
Local radio WMCA
(Ralph Kiner, Bob Murphy, Steve Albert)
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The 1979 New York Mets season was the 18th regular season for the Mets, who played home games at Shea Stadium. Led by manager Joe Torre, the team had a 63–99 record and finished in sixth place in the National League's Eastern Division.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Oh how the mighty have fallen fast[edit]

10 years ago, the mets were the toast of the baseball world, the next year they set a then major league single season attendance record, but as the 70s progressed the mets and their winning ways were fading fast and so was the attendance. Even though they start the 1979 campaign at 2-0, opening day at Shea Stadium drew only 10,406 as they lost to the Montreal Expos in 14 innings as Andre Dawson hit a triple that drove in Jerry White for a 4-3 Expos win, the Mets sank to Last Place during April and never got out. They had 2 9-game losing streaks (August 22 to September 1) and (September 18 to 23). Only a 6-game winning streak prevented the Mets from going 100 losses in a season.

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L GB Pct.
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 -- .605
Montreal Expos 95 65 2 .594
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 12 .531
Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 14 .519
Chicago Cubs 80 82 18 .494
New York Mets 63 99 35 .389

Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1979 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Montañez, WillieWillie Montañez 109 410 96 .234 5 47
2B Flynn, DougDoug Flynn 157 555 135 .243 4 61
3B Hebner, RichieRichie Hebner 136 473 127 .268 10 79
LF Henderson, SteveSteve Henderson 98 350 107 .306 5 39
CF Mazzilli, LeeLee Mazzilli 158 597 181 .303 15 79

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Maddox, ElliottElliott Maddox 86 224 60 .268 1 12
Chapman, KelvinKelvin Chapman 35 80 12 .150 0 4
Ferrer, SergioSergio Ferrer 32 9 0 .000 0 0
Foli, TimTim Foli 3 7 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Falcone, PetePete Falcone 33 184 6 14 4.16 113
Kobel, KevinKevin Kobel 30 161.2 6 8 3.51 67
Berenguer, JuanJuan Berenguer 5 30.2 1 1 2.93 25

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Scott, MikeMike Scott 18 52.1 1 3 5.33 21

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Allen, NeilNeil Allen 50 6 10 8 3.55 65
Orosco, JesseJesse Orosco 18 1 2 0 4.89 22

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League Frank Verdi
AA Jackson Mets Texas League Bob Wellman
A Lynchburg Mets Carolina League Jack Aker
Short-Season A Little Falls Mets New York-Penn League Matt Galante
Short-Season A Grays Harbor Mets Northwest League Dan Monzon

Notes[edit]

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