1996 New York Mets season

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1996 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, Jr.
General manager(s) Joe McIlvaine
Manager(s) Dallas Green and Bobby Valentine
Local television WWOR-TV/SportsChannel New York
(Ralph Kiner, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy, Howie Rose, Gary Thorne)
Local radio WFAN
(Bob Murphy, Gary Cohen, Ed Coleman)
WXLX (spanish)
(Juan Alicea)
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The New York Mets' 1996 season was the 35th regular season for the Mets. They went 71-91 and finished 4th in the NL East. They were managed by Dallas Green and Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.


  • December 14, 1995: Lance Johnson signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.[1]
  • December 19, 1995: Brent Mayne was traded by the Kansas City Royals to the New York Mets for Al Shirley (minors).[2]
  • March 31, 1996: Ryan Thompson was traded by the New York Mets with Reid Cornelius to the Cleveland Indians for Mark Clark.[3]

Regular season[edit]

  • Alex Ochoa hit for the cycle on July 3 in a 10-6 win in Philadelphia.[4] He was the sixth Met to hit for the cycle.[4]
  • On August 16, the San Diego Padres played the New York Mets in a game held in Monterrey, Mexico.[5]
  • On September 14, Todd Hundley broke the major-league record for single-season home runs by a catcher, previously owned by Roy Campanella. Hundley hit his 41st home run in the seventh inning of the Mets' 6-5, 12-inning victory over the Atlanta Braves.[6]
  • Lance Johnson led the league with 21 triples. It was the highest amount by a National League player since 1930.[7]

Opening Day Roster[edit]


Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves 96 66 .593 --
Montreal Expos 88 73 .543 8
Florida Marlins 80 82 .494 16
New York Mets 71 91 .438 25
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 .414 29


1996 New York Mets
Pitchers Catchers





Player stats[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
Carl Everett 101 192 46 .240 1 16

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and records[edit]

  • Lance Johnson, National League leader, Triples (21) [7]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Norfolk Tides International League Bobby Valentine and Bruce Benedict
AA Binghamton Mets Eastern League John Tamargo
A St. Lucie Mets Florida State League John Gibbons
A Capital City Bombers South Atlantic League Howie Freiling
Short-Season A Pittsfield Mets New York–Penn League Doug Davis
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League John Stephenson
Rookie GCL Mets Gulf Coast League Mickey Brantley


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lance Johnson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/maynebr01.shtml
  3. ^ Ryan Thompson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ a b Diamos, Jason (July 4, 1996). "Ochoa Hits For the Cycle To Spark Mets". New York Times. p. B9. 
  5. ^ Nemec, David; Flatow, Scott. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures (2008 ed.). New York: Penguin Group. p. 371. ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0. 
  6. ^ Willis, George (September 15, 1996). "Hundley's 41st Puts Him in Record Books". New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Nemec, David; Flatow, Scott. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures (2008 ed.). New York: Penguin Group. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0. 
  8. ^ 1996 New York Mets Roster by Baseball Almanac
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007