1984 New York Mets season

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1984 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday, Jr.
General manager(s)Frank Cashen
Manager(s)Davey Johnson
Local televisionWOR-TV/SportsChannel New York
(Ralph Kiner, Steve Zabriskie, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy)
Local radioWHN
(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[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1984 got off to an embarrassing start for GM Frank Cashen and the Mets before the season even began. Believing that it was unnecessary to protect a high-salaried, 39-year-old pitcher, the Mets left Tom Seaver unprotected. In a move that stunned the Mets, on January 20 Seaver 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. Johnson also helped bring the Mets back in contention, producing their first winning season since 1976.[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[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 96 65 0.596 51–29 45–36
New York Mets 90 72 0.556 48–33 42–39
St. Louis Cardinals 84 78 0.519 12½ 44–37 40–41
Philadelphia Phillies 81 81 0.500 15½ 39–42 42–39
Montreal Expos 78 83 0.484 18 39–42 39–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87 0.463 21½ 41–40 34–47

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1984 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–9 13–5 12–6 6–12 5–7 4–8 7–5 8–4 7–11 10–8 5–7
Chicago 9–3 7–5 6–6 7–5 10–7 12–6 9–9 8–10 6–6 9–3 13–5
Cincinnati 5–13 5–7 8–10 7–11 7–5 3–9 5–7 7–5 7–11 12–6 4–8
Houston 6–12 6–6 10–8 9–9 7–5 4–8 6–6 6–6 6–12 12–6 8–4
Los Angeles 12–6 5–7 7–11 9–9 6–6 3–9 3–9 4–8 10–8 10–8 6–6
Montreal 7–5 7–10 5–7 5–7 6–6 7–11 11–7 7–11 7–5 7–5 9–9
New York 8–4 6–12 9–3 8–4 9–3 11–7 10–8 12–6 6–6 4–8 7–11
Philadelphia 5-7 9–9 7–5 6–6 9–3 7–11 8–10 7–11 7–5 8–4 8–10
Pittsburgh 4–8 10–8 5–7 6–6 8–4 11–7 6–12 11–7 4–8 6–6 4–14
San Diego 11–7 6–6 11–7 12–6 8–10 5–7 6–6 5–7 8–4 13–5 7–5
San Francisco 8–10 3–9 6–12 6–12 8–10 5–7 8–4 4–8 6–6 5–13 7–5
St. Louis 7–5 5–13 8–4 4–8 6–6 9–9 11–7 10–8 14–4 5–7 5–7


Notable transactions[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

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

Roster[edit]

1984 New York Mets roster
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 Keith Hernandez 154 550 171 .311 15 94

[13]

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ron Gardenhire 74 207 51 .246 1 10
Danny Heep 99 199 46 .231 1 12
Kelvin Chapman 75 197 57 .289 3 23
Rafael Santana 51 152 42 .276 1 12
Ray Knight 27 93 26 .280 1 6
Junior Ortiz 40 91 18 .198 0 11
Rusty Staub 78 72 19 .264 1 18
John Gibbons 10 31 2 .065 0 1
Herm Winningham 14 27 11 .407 0 5
Kevin Mitchell 7 14 3 .214 0 1
John Christensen 5 11 3 .273 0 3
Billy Beane 5 10 1 .100 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League Bob Schaefer
AA Jackson Mets Texas League Sam Perlozzo
A Lynchburg Mets Carolina League Mike Cubbage
A Columbia Mets South Atlantic League Rich Miller
A-Short Season Little Falls Mets New York–Penn League Bud Harrelson
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Dan Radison

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Jackson, Lynchburg, Little Falls

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
  • 1984 New York Mets
  • 1984 New York Mets at Baseball Almanac