Vince Coleman was a member of the hated St. Louis Cardinals when the New York Mets decided to “steal” him from their hated division rivals prior to the 1991 season.
Coleman would spend three seasons in a Mets uniform and never play 100 games in any of those seasons. He was only 29 years old but was his wheels were already flat. Vincent Van Go became Vincent Van Slow. After averaging 90 stolen bases in six seasons with the Cardinals, he averaged just over 30 stolen bases with the Mets.
Mets management believed he would ignite the lineup, but the only thing Coleman would ignite were the firecrackers he threw into the stands at Dodgers Stadium, injuring a number of people. He was fined and sentenced to over 200 hours of community service.
He turned out to be a huge dud.