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1996 New York Mets season

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Start date  1996
Local radios  WFAN, WSNR
General manager  Joe McIlvaine
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Local television  WWOR-TV/SportsChannel New York (Ralph Kiner, Tim McCarver, Fran Healy, Howie Rose, Gary Thorne)
Managers  Dallas Green, Bobby Valentine
Owners  Fred Wilpon, Nelson Doubleday Jr.
Similar  1997 New York Mets season, 1993 New York Mets season, 1990 New York Mets season

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.
  • December 19, 1995: Brent Mayne was traded by the Kansas City Royals to the New York Mets for Al Shirley (minors).
  • March 31, 1996: Ryan Thompson was traded by the New York Mets with Reid Cornelius to the Cleveland Indians for Mark Clark.
  • Regular season

    After back to back finishes near the top of the National League East, the Mets returned to the losing ways that had plagued the team since 1991. Manager Dallas Green, like his three predecessors in the position, was fired before the season was completed. His replacement was former Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine, the manager of the Norfolk Tides.

    The Mets did not put up great power numbers as they had in recent years but managed to have two players reach 30 or more home runs. One was catcher Todd Hundley, who broke Roy Campanella's major league record for home runs by a catcher by recording 41. The other was outfielder Bernard Gilkey, who put up thirty home runs of his own. Lance Johnson, acquired in the off season after spending eight years with the Chicago White Sox, had a career year as well. The National League's All-Star center fielder, Johnson hit a career high .333, led the NL in hits with 227, stole 50 bases to set another career high, and recorded sixty extra base hits including a league leading 21 triples; no player since 1930 had that many in the National League.

    The Mets traded away infielders Jeff Kent and Jose Vizcaino to the Cleveland Indians during the season. The promotion of rookie Rey Ordoñez to be the team's everyday shortstop had both players playing out of position, with Vizcaino at second base and Kent at third. In return the Mets received Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza, neither of whom made much of an impact.

    Mark Clark led the Mets starters with a 14-11 record. Bobby Jones' 12-8 mark was good enough for second best on the team. Jason Isringhausen made more than twenty starts for the only time in his career, finishing with a 6-14 mark.

    Alex Ochoa hit for the cycle on July 3 in a 10-6 win in Philadelphia. He was the sixth Met to hit for the cycle.

    The Mets and San Diego Padres traveled to Mexico in August, marking the first time a regular season MLB game was played in Mexico.

    Opening Day Roster

  • Rico Brogna
  • Bernard Gilkey
  • Todd Hundley
  • Butch Huskey
  • Lance Johnson
  • Bobby Jones
  • Jeff Kent
  • Rey Ordóñez
  • José Vizcaíno
  • Batting

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

    Other pitchers

    Relief pitchers

    Awards and records

  • Lance Johnson, National League leader, Triples (21)
  • Farm system



    1996 New York Mets season Wikipedia