5 Mets players remembered for letting the team down when it mattered most
By Tim Boyle
2) NY Mets shortstop Mike Bordick proved he wasn’t the guy they needed
After losing Rey Ordonez to a season-ending injury, the Mets went in search of a shortstop replacement. Melvin Mora was successfully producing and occasionally playing the position. Looking for a better defender and a guy who could hit well, the Mets traded Mora and three others for Baltimore Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick.
Bordick was mashing with the Orioles at the time of the trade. Through 100 games, he already had a career-high 16 home runs. He’d end up with only 20 on the year with just 4 more in 56 games for the Mets.
Bordick’s other numbers declined, too. He went from slashing .297/.350/.481 in Baltimore to .260/.321/.365 in New York. Mora quickly became a force in the Baltimore lineup, making this an unsuccessful trade for the Metropolitans.
As poorly as Bordick performed in the regular season, his playoffs were even worse. He went 2 for 12 in the NLDS, 1 for 13 in the NLCS, and 1 for 8 in the World Series. The pitiful offensive output and “nothing special” defense awarded Bordick with a place in team history as one of the biggest trade deadline disappointments.
Not only did the Mets lose the trade, Bordick returned to the Orioles the very next offseason. The Mets were left with nothing.