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Gene Clines
Gene Clines
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 397 of 1043 players
Eugene Anthony Clines
Born: October 6, 1946 at San Pablo, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.09 Weight: 175

Gene Clines was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 12, 2011.


First Mets game: April 8, 1975
Last Mets game: September 26, 1975

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He always had a great Strat-O-Matic card with the Pirates, mainly against LHP. I thought when he came to the Mets they were getting a potential all-star. WRONG!

Paul Sullivan
January 7, 2001
Clines was a poor man's John Milner. A VERY poor man.

Jersey Joe
August 16, 2001
Are you sure that he wasn't Frank Tavares ?? I always thought that they were the same guy when in Pittsburgh.

February 22, 2002
I remember that, as a Pittsburgh Pirate, he used to KILL the Mets. When the Mets acquired him, I thought, "Good strategy!!!"

Then he comes over here and hits .227.

So much for stocking the team with guys that "kill you."

Larry Burns
June 10, 2002
Another complete dump job. When he was intially traded by the Pirates for Duffy Dyer, everyone wanted to know what the Pirates were smoking. He was a good major league outfielder. Then he gets to Shea and plays half a season and blows. He could not do anything well. It was a one season experiment gone bad. How come teams can completely outsmart the Mets on trades like these?

Joe Figliola
March 11, 2003
Topps rush-released a Gene Clines Mets baseball card in 1975 that featured the line, "His 14 stolen bases last year topped any NY Met." I think Topps put the hex on poor Gene; the gangly Dave Kingman wound up leading the team in thefts that year.

September 8, 2004
Another one of those guys of whom you say, "Oh, he played for the Mets once?"

Good with the Pirates, fell down with the Mets, like Larry Bowa.

February 28, 2005
Clines was part of the incredible Pirate gangbuster hitting machine; as a Met he became infected with the Mets anemic offense syndrome.

March 13, 2005
What I remember most of Clines, is that his Baseball Card showed up in every pack I bought in 1975!!!

March 18, 2005
In 1975 I traded 2 Yankee cards to my best friend (he was a big Yankee fan) for Joe Torre and Gene Clines. This major trasaction took place in the auditorium of P.S. 222 in Brooklyn. I remember thinking Clines was great because of all the years he hit .300 (for he Pirates) on the back of his card. I mean even his lifetime average was over .300! I hated to see Duffy Dyer go but I thought we were getting the next NL batting leader. Little did I know....

December 6, 2006
Gene was somewhat symbolic of how the Mets and Yankees were heading in different directions during the mid 70's. The day the Mets got Clines, I remember seeing a copy of the Post on my way home from school. (Remember when it was an afternoon paper?) I made a point of pointing the headline out to my friend, praisng the trade for Duffy Dyer. I was sure Cline would hit .300 and steal 40 bases as he had been a good outfielder for the hated Pirates. My friend, a Yankee fan, just nodded and pointed to the huge Booming headline dwarfing the Clines Story "YANKS GET BONDS FOR MURCER!!!" (For those too young to remember Bobby Bonds was Barry's father and in the early-mid seventies one of the best players and biggest names in the game.)

And so it began...

April 20, 2008
What I remember about Mr. Clines is when the season was all but over he started to hit. Go figure.

October 15, 2010
I'm digging the '70s whiskers Gene is sporting in his Mets photo. I had not realized he spent quite a few years as a big-league coach from 1988-2002.

April 9, 2017
As a Pirates fan, I recall Gene was an absolute Met killer! With Bucs, he was just a bench warmer (hard to break in to Bucs outfield with players like Oliver, Parker, Zisk, etc!) Well, Mets thought they were getting a great deal in landing Gene. He had the opportunity to blossom as a Starter in NY, but he was pretty bad. I was sad to see him decline in NY. Great guy!

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