Founded in 1921
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Appalachian League (1955-present)|
|Major league affiliations|
New York Mets# (1980-present)# The affiliate temporary played in the Gulf Coast League as the GCL Mets in 1983.
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1944, 1945, 1951, 1973, 1977, 1988, 1995|
|Division titles||1973, 1977, 1988, 1995, 1996|
|Nickname||Kingsport Mets (1980-1982; 1984-present)|
|Ballpark||Hunter Wright Stadium (1995-present)|
|Dobyns-Bennett High School (1969-1994)|
|New York Mets/S&H Baseball|
|General manager||Brian Paupeck|
The Kingsport Mets are a minor league baseball team based in Kingsport, Tennessee, United States. The team, which plays in the Appalachian League, is a Rookie League affiliate of Major League Baseball's New York Mets.
Once housed at a local high school, Dobyns-Bennett High School, the Kingsport Mets now play their home games at Hunter Wright Stadium. In 1983 while Dobyns-Bennett's field was being renovated, the team temporarily moved to Sarasota, Florida and played in the Gulf Coast League.
The team played as the Kingsport Braves from 1974 to 1979 and were affiliated with the Atlanta Braves. As a Braves affiliate, multiple future major leaguers played for them, including Matt Sinatro, Rick Behenna, Jose Alvarez, Steve Bedrosian, Paul Runge, Brad Komminsk, Milt Thompson, Brook Jacoby and Mike Payne.
Former Mets players Darryl Strawberry, Jeff Henderson, Dwight Gooden, and Kevin Mitchell as well as current players José Reyes, David Wright, Lastings Milledge, and AJ Burnett made their professional debut in Kingsport. In addition former National League MVP Dale Murphy and Cy Young Award Winner Steve Bedrosian played in Kingsport when they were a Braves affiliate from 1974-80. Al Cowens and U.L. Washington were notable players when the Royals were in town from 1969-73.
The team won the Appalachian League titles in 1988 and 1995.
All Silver Anniversary Team (Named in 2005)
- Position Players
- C-Brook Fordyce
- 1B-Gregg Jefferies
- 2B-Quilvio Veras
- 3B-David Wright
- SS-Jose Reyes
- LF-Kevin Mitchell
- CF-Preston Wilson
- RF-Darryl Strawberry
- DH-Terrence Long
- UTIL-Brian Daubach
- RHP-Dwight Gooden
- LHP-Pete Schourek
- RP-Randy Myers
- RP-Jason Isringhausen
- MGR-John Gibbons
(from Baseball Reference)
Kingsport Mets roster