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Kevin Kobel
Kevin Kobel
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 352 of 1043 players
Kevin Richard Kobel
Born: October 2, 1953 at Buffalo, N.Y.
Throws: Left Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 195

Kevin Kobel was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on August 28, 2013.


First Mets game: May 20, 1978
Last Mets game: June 7, 1980

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I always kind of liked both Kobel and Tom Hausman, two ex-Brewers who Bamberger brought over (Mark Bomback was also a Brewer), although neither was ever really that good except perhaps by the Mets standard of that era. My main memory of Kobel is watching a game at Shea where Bambi let Kobel hit in the 3rd or 4th inning with a couple of men on base and the Mets up by a run but Kobel not pitching particularly well. Kobel ended the inning as a batter and did not get out of the next half inning, thus causing all of us second guessers to wish he had been pinch hit for. In retrospect, it's unlikely that in those days either the pinch hitter would have hit or the reliever would have been effective, so I guess no loss.

Jersey Joe
August 16, 2001
Didn't he have a really big afro... uh, curly hair?

torre hater
November 7, 2001
Kobel never played for Bamberger with the Mets, only for Joe Torre, who sucked then as a manager and still sucks now. Infield in with the bases loaded and one out? An idiot. God bless the D-Backs for ending the streak.

February 3, 2002
Didn't pitch well for the Mets at all, but with the Brewers he was always able to beat the Yankees.

May 30, 2003
Kobel was effective in Milwaukee. Unfortunately he hurt his arm and was never the same. He pitched credibly on some bad Met teams.

Stevie B.
April 1, 2004
One thing that sticks out in my memory is that he gave "POPS" Stargell fits. I can remember him giving all those tough lefties in the eventual world champs lineup a tough time. It's kind of funny,if you look at his stats, a guy like him would have made a decent buck today. With expansion and the need for lefties, he could have stuck around for a few more paychecks. I'm curious how he feels about that?

June 18, 2004
I remember him as the man who pitched every Wednesday afternoon.

November 16, 2004
I can remember Kevin Kobel pitching a complete game at Shea...mighta been a shutout. After he got the final out and was walking from the mound he suffered the indignity of Mrs. De Roulet coming onto the field to give him a kiss. Ah yes...good times.

August 18, 2005
It's been a while since I thought about this guy! I remember him pitching pretty o.k. for us. This was the toughest time to be a Met fan! If you could throw a strike, they threw you out there, trying to catch lightning in a bottle! What I remember most about him was his whining about not having a regular spot in the rotation! I thought that took the cake!

Jamey Bumbalo
December 6, 2006
Two memories of Kevin Kobel: one, he had a great signature, and two, he and Warren Spahn and Orel Herschiser were born in Buffalo.

December 23, 2009
If any Met epitomized those 1978-1982 Mets, it was Kevin Kobel. Not atrocious, but not really very good. Tried hard, but just not enough talent. In retrospect might have been a decent 5th starter on a winning team.

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