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Mardie Cornejo
Mardie Cornejo
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 357 of 981 players
Cornejo
Neives Mardie Cornejo
Born: August 5, 1951 at Wellington, Kan.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 200

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First Mets game: April 8, 1978
Last Mets game: September 29, 1978





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Mr. Sparkle
December 13, 2000
I remember this guy was supposed to be good. Looking at his numbers they aren't bad but he never played again. Whatever happened to him?

Mad Dog
March 28, 2001
His 2 sons play in the Minor leagues, Nate was a 1st round pick of the Detroit Tigers. and Jessie signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Lisa Kelly
August 8, 2001
Nate Cornejo made his MLB debut tonight with the Detroit Tigers, a no decision. He was 16-3 on the year in AA and AAA and is expected to be a big part of the Tigers rotation next year. And guess who was in the stands :D

Hot Foot
March 1, 2002
Mr. Sparkle, I was wondering the same thing, why the good numbers and only one year, so I called his mom and she told me that he was upset about being sent down the the minors, so he retired.

Mr. Met
August 5, 2002
It was a sad day when they traded Mardie Cornejo to the Tigers. He was about the only guy on the team who pitched ok in 1978. But then again, we got the Flushing Flash in return.

Vito
May 16, 2003
Mardie Cornejo was my brother's favorite player. I remember him unexpectedly making the team in spring training, winning a few games early in the year in relief (he may have been the winner on opening day), and then being sent down to the minors never to be heard from again. A very strange career.

I totally forgot about him until I noticed his son's name in a box score with the Tigers.

TheDurkinBoy
June 7, 2003
They said that he lost his "guts" on the mound. Not my words, but I recall that being said when he was sent down. Also that Murph made a big deal about him being from Kansas (every time he pitched!)

Nishna
October 3, 2003
Mr. Met, um, didn't Craig Swan lead the league in ERA in '78? Maybe I have the wrong year. But Cornejo that year had a flat-out freaky Strat-O-Matic card!

The Mook
November 15, 2003
I remember Murph or Kiner making a big deal about Cornejo's Indian heritage. On more than one occasion I distinctly remember him being referred to as "Indian Chief" Mardie Cornejo. That would explain how he got into the majors; some federal entitlement quota program for Native American professional ballplayers.

JJ
April 20, 2004
Was sent back down to AAA and traded. He had a good fork ball, hurt his arm in early 80's. Nuff said.

Kiwiwriter
July 13, 2004
I remember this guy from his Statis-Pro baseball card. According to that, in 25 appearances, he was a pitching machine. My brother and I wondered, where in heck did this great pitcher come from, where did he go, and how did he come up with the odd name?

It's like a flash of lightning in a dark sky. Lights up the world for a second, then goes dark again.

Joe Figliola
January 15, 2006
Strange, I don't recall him rejoining the club in September. I remember him getting off to a strong start in the first half of the '78 season. I also remember feeling a bit confused when the Mets sent him down despite posting relatively decent numbers. Cornejo is an example of several Mets (Billy Baldwin is another who comes to mind) who looked really good but never got an opportunity to see what they could do over an entire season.

Pete
September 16, 2007
My memory of Mardie is him sticking out his glove and catching a searing line drive. I don't remember who hit it. But Mardie caught it. It was the third out and he looked at the ball like he didn't know what to do with it. So he just dropped it on the mound and walked to the dugout.

agee_of_aquarius
October 19, 2007
The line drive that Mardie caught was struck by Gary Carter. It happened in the bottom of the 8th inning at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, and it ended the inning -- stranding Dave Cash on 2nd and Andre Dawson on 1st. The game was played Sunday, April 16, 1978.

I found all this information on retrosheet.org.









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