Yet another ex-Yankee to join the Mets, Yogi Berra spent a single season with them. Well, as a player, it was only four games and nine trips to the plate. Since he made the Hall of Fame as a player and not as a manager, he qualifies for this list.
Years later, Berra did redeem himself from the .222 batting average he gave the Mets in his handful of at-bats. Berra took over as manager in 1972 and stuck around through part of 1975. He had previously been a coach within the organization, prepared for the task at hand.
In 1973, the Mets won the National League Pennant but fell in the World Series against the Oakland Athletics. This was Berra’s last stroke of luck with the organization.
The following year, the Mets went 71-91. In 1975, they went 56-53 prior to his firing in early August.
As a manager, Berra did well for the Mets. As a player, he probably should have taken his final big league swing as a member of the Yankees.
Baseball fans in Boston, Milwaukee, and maybe even Atlanta know the greatness of Warren Spahn. A man whose career was delayed due to his service in WWII, Spahn was one of the best pitchers of the 1950s and even into the 1960s. He led the league in wins 8 times including every season from 1957-1961.
When he joined the Mets in 1965, the results were much different.
Spahn’s final big league season began as a member of the Mets. The franchise purchased him from the Milwaukee Braves in November of 1964. He stayed with them for 19 starts and a relief appearance which resulted in a 4-12 record and 4.36 ERA.
Remember, this was the 1965 Mets. Not many players had good seasons.
The Mets released him in July which allowed him a chance to sign with the San Francisco Giants. They used him almost exclusively as a reliever with much better results.