THE List: 10 Biggest Mets Jerks

(From the archives — originally posted 2/3/10)

Dave Kingman (1975-1977, 1981-1983)
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Kingman was notoriously prickly with the media with the Mets. Things got worse when he left, once sending a rat in a box to a  female sportswriter when he was with the A’s. Read this really good article by Joe Posnaski on his feelings about Kingman. Despite it all, he’s still  one of my favorite all-time Mets.

Darryl Strawberry (1983-1990)
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Another one of my all-time favorites, but you’ve got to admit, he was kind of a jerk. Famously punched Keith Hernandez while taking a team photo. After going through a lot of trials (literally) and tribulations, he has rehabbed his image and is now back in the Mets’ good graces.

Kevin Mitchell (1984, 1986)
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Lets see, he allegedly fought with Strawberry during a basketball game in 1982 shortly after both were drafted and signed. He allegedly decapitated his girlfriend’s cat (he denies it). He was allegedly making plane reservations during the famous Game 6 comeback in the 1986 World Series before being called on as a pinch-hitter. In 1999 he was arrested for assaulting his father. And as a minor league manager in 2000, he was suspended for punching the opposing team’s owner in the mouth during a brawl.

Lenny Dykstra (1985-1989)
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Dykstra earned his jerkdom for his post-baseball career. He earned lots of media attention for his business acumen, accumulating tens of millions of dollars. He started an investment fund for athletes that charged exorbitant fees. Now he’s bankrupt, and blames everybody else for his troubles. Check out this excellent article on Dykstra’s rise and fall.

Gregg Jefferies (1987-1991)
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Jefferies came up to the Mets as a 20-year-old with a lot of hype. And apparently he believed it all. He was seen as extremely immature, and by all reports was hated by his teammates.

Vince Coleman (1991-1993)
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He injured Dwight Gooden’s arm by stupidly swinging a golf club in the clubhouse early in the 1993 season. Three months later, he threw a firecracker into a crowd of fans outside Dodger Stadium. An all around nice guy.

Bobby Bonilla (1992-1995, 1999)
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His jerkdom has been well documented in these pages. No need to repeat. But man, was he a jerk.

Bret Saberhagen (1992-1995)
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In 1993 Saberhagen sprayed bleach into a group of reporters. When he was found out, he apologized and donated one day’s pay to charity. So maybe he wasn’t a total jerk.

Jeff Kent (1992-1996)
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Here’s my favorite Kent story. After coming over from the Blue Jays in a late-season trade along with Ryan Thompson for David Cone, the Mets staged their annual rookie hazing, in which the young players wear women’s clothing. Thompson went along, but Kent smugly refused, saying he had already done it earlier in the season in Toronto. Can you believe he’ll be in the Hall of Fame someday? Boy, those early 1990 teams were certainly jerky!

Lastings Milledge (2006-2007)
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I actually had no problem with his high-fiving fans as he took the field after hitting his first home run. But the rest of his act quickly wore thin with his teammates, culminating with someone (reported to be Billy Wagner) hanging a note on his locker that read “Know your place, rook.”

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5 thoughts on “THE List: 10 Biggest Mets Jerks

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  • February 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm
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    I love your blog. You really state ideas well and I agree with so many of your sentiments and statements, especially Mets Jerks and Peter Gammons. I hope you are quite right about a deal with the Reds.

    Keep doing a great job!

  • March 1, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    How is any Alltime Met Jerk list complete with the Ultimet Jerk Richie Hebner. The Gravedigger has to top any Met jerk list.

  • October 16, 2016 at 9:10 am
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    Kingman gets a bad rap. How about Glavine for his comments after his memorable outing (7 earned runs in a third of an inning) against the Marlins that cost the mets the NL east.

  • March 26, 2017 at 2:37 pm
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    Eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2014, his chances were felt to be low because of poor defense and the tainted era he played in;[27] indeed, the writers gave Kent just 15.2% of their votes in his first year, well short of the required 75% for induction. In the following 2015 Hall of Fame vote, among the 17 returnees to the ballot, Kent was one of only three who saw a decrease in support, dropping from 15.2% to 14.0%.[28]

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