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Ed Lynch
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 146 of 1043 players
Edward Francis Lynch
Born: February 25, 1956 at Brooklyn, N.Y.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.05 Weight: 210

Ed Lynch was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 25, 2007, October 21, 2013, February 25, 2015, November 6, 2015, and May 17, 2016.


First Mets game: August 31, 1980
Last Mets game: April 12, 1986

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Ed Lynch on being traded in 1986: "It's like living with a family all year and they throw you out on Christmas." The all-time best quote from a Met player.

Ah yes, the "itinerant ballplayer sleeping on Keith Hernandez's couch" (from "If At First"). The classiest thing the Mets have ever done is reward Ed Lynch a full 1986 World Series share even though he was traded away in June. The consummate .500 pitcher, and quite possibly the worst GM in baseball today. Just look at his pitching staff. Yuck.

Mr. Sparkle
I liked Ed. He was a pretty decent 5th starter. I felt bad for him as the Mets were celebrating clinching in 86 against the Cubs and Ed watched from the other dugout. It would have been nice if he stayed but who knows, if he stayed it could have changed history and they may not have won.

Only Mets player I ever personally knew (I think - and doesn't count ones I got autographs from when I was a kid).

I went to college with Ed at the University of South Carolina. He was in a business class of mine and was a friend of mine and my roomate. Really a nice guy and a smart kid. Ed was on a basketball scholarship and was on the reserve team but 'made it' as a baseball player.

Lynch was pitching really well in '84 until July 4 when Houston successfully bunted the first three hitters on base and he lost the game and his confidence the rest of the year.

A decent pitcher, I'm surprised that his stats were as good as they were.

He was brought up days before the '81 strike, depriving him of a salary and pitching experience for that time.

May 9, 2001
Other teams nicknamed him Ed Lunch, because their hitters could eat him alive. He had no major league talent whatsoever, but he still seemed to get the job done.

December 12, 2001
Ed Lynch's first career start in September of '80 snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Mets.

January 31, 2002
Before the start of the 1984 season my dad and I were down in West Palm Beach checking out the Mets in Spring Training. We saw Ed Lynch in the hotel lobby, in uniform, who had missed the bus to the stadium. We offered him a ride and he gladly took it. It was amazing seeing this tall, lanky guy fit into our back seat - and seeing him trust two complete strangers. Ten years later, I met up with Lynch again. This time, it was in the Shea Stadium press dining room. I was a journalism graduate student at Columbia and had come to Shea to do a freelance piece piece on then-Marlins' OF Gary Sheffield - whose constantly blowing me off proved to me he is an All-Star ass-clown. Anyway, one of the security staff was also being an ass-clown in his own right, not allowing me to grab a bite to eat. That's when Big Ed - then a Mets' front office assistant - stepped in and told the guard, "it's OK, let the kid get some dinner." For that benevolent act alone, Ed is my hero. Sorry you weren't around in '86 to sip champagne with the rest of the boys.

April 9, 2002
I knew Ed at the University of South Carolina, where I played football. He was a great guy and was there originally for basketball. We all called him "Bus".

Larry Burns
May 23, 2002
I loved Eddie Lynch---a junkballer if there ever was one. He was not the greatest pitcher in the world (that is an understatement) but he was intelligent and tough. My favorite memory, which is a little hazy, is Eddie throwing a good game against (I believe) the Cubs. One Cub, angry that he struck out against a 65 mph curve, yells at Ed to "be a man and throw something." Steady Ed replys, "Grab some pine." The Cub got so pissed he charged the mound, both benches emptied and it was a brouhaha. My friends and I loved it, we still taunt each other by screaming, "Grab some pine!" at each other.

October 16, 2002
Actually that comment didn't cause a brawl. He pegged big Keith Moreland on the leg with a pitch. That caused the brawl.

Joe Figliola
November 18, 2002
I saw Ed's first game (and win) against the Cubs on 13 September. Apart from the Mets win, I recall there were 4,527 people (I wrote it down in the scorecard) in Shea on a very overcast day. He pitched well, and Mookie Wilson and a bunch of other first-year Mets played hard. Despite the weather and the fact that the Mets were in freefall at the time, it was great to see the team put in a good effort. See what happens when you play young guns?

December 24, 2002
He also got into a nasty brawl with Mariano Duncan. That may have been the "grab some pine" incident.

He was a tough Irishman who helped stabilize the team when they were pure garbage. Had he been a lefty, he would have hung on for the 86 title, but Aguilera was just younger and better and Lynch was the one who had to go.

Karl de Vries
February 4, 2003
It was Mariano Duncan, and he got injured in that brawl, bruising something and that's why he didn't start the final game of the three game set with St. Louis that year (1985).

October 10, 2003
Ed Lynch was a man. That about says it all. Got traded just when the Mets were at the peak of greatness, and took it like a man. No diatribe, no ripping the Mets, just class. First time he finished a game with Carter behind the plate, Carter came out to hug him and Lynch says, "I'm a man. You shake my hand."

I remember a beanball incident in '84, I think it was the Moreland one, because I was working for NY SportsPhone at the time. The guy who covered the Mets (I wasn't so lucky, I was more of an apprentice) had a tape recording of the post-game interview we used to play over and over. Chicago radio guy asks him if there's a place in baseball for the beanball. The exchange went something like this:
Lynch: That's a horses--t question.
Radio guy: How about an answer?
Lynch: I'm not answering that.
Radio guy: You know, guys like me pay your salary.
Lynch (incredulous): YOU?! A radio s--t?!
Radio guy: We give you free publicity. If it wasn't for coverage, nobody would watch.

At that point you hear a lot of yelling and laughing from other Mets, yelling for someone to throw him out of the clubhouse. Just as it starts to die down you hear Hubie yell, "Hey, go make f---ing pizzas!" Hilarious.

July 13, 2004
A real cerebral guy. We used to talk about baseball history, and he assured me that Christy Mathewson threw a screwball, not a hard slider. I went back to my books, and he was right.

Ed had just pitched his first career shutout, and he's facing the press, icepack on the arm, soaking wet. A radio microclone rushes up through the press scrum, shoves his mike in Ed's face, and blurts out, "Ed, what do you think of mandatory drug testing for ballplayers?"

Ed looks at him popeyed, then his eyes narrow, and he says, "What planet did you come from?"

The microclone retreats, chastened.

Marvelous character. He told me, "I wish I could go back in time and watch those old teams play." He would be a great companion at the 1921 World Series.

Shickhaus Franks
October 18, 2008
This is from "Baseball Greatest Quotations" by Paul Dickson (by the way, a great book). It has 24 pages on Casey Stengel ALONE!! This is what Ed Lynch said but it's NOT the Christmas quote which isn't in the book: "The bases were drunk, and I painted the black with my best yakker. But blue squeezed me, and I went full. I came back with my heater, but the stick flares one the other way and chalk flies for 2 bases. 3 earnies! Next thing I know, skipper hooks me and I'm sipping suds with the clubby".

Tony B
April 3, 2009
I think every Met fan felt bad about the Mets trading him in 86 when it was pretty obvious we were headed for a great season. He was around during some pretty lean years and did not get to enjoy a championship. I saw Ed in McDonald's after a game near Shea one time and was too chicken to say hi to him, I bet he would have been very pleasant. Hope he is doing well now.

October 7, 2011
Not too bad a pitcher, but the worst bunter I ever saw! Ed did not exactly "square" to bunt. He parallelogramed. On sacrifice attempts, Lynch would bend his knees too far down and his bat would be tilted at a 45-degree angle. It also looked like he was trying to swing and bunt at the same time. Ed was very undependable when trying to advance the runners.

I always believed that with the DH being used in the minor leagues, Ed and his fellow pitchers were never given any kind of bunting instruction. It was probably considered unnecessary at those levels since they didn't come to bat anyway. Not so in the National League.

Ed Lynch
August 25, 2014
Thank you everyone for the nice comments. I disagree with a couple of things. Number 1 I was a very good bunter. I was a terrible hitter. Number 2 I don't think I was a bad GM. I just didn't have the money to compete. I did get our club to the post season in my 4th year with one of the lowest payrolls in the league. Thanks again.

December 11, 2015
Sorry, Ed. I stand corrected about your bunting ability. You did lead all Mets pitchers in sacrifices in 1983 with 11, so I can’t say you didn’t get the job done. Still, you looked unsteady with the bat at those times. I’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover. I guess the same can be said for a sacrifice-bunting pitcher in the way he stands at the plate.

Once again, Ed, I apologize.

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