September 19, 2002 I wish the Dave Roberts that was playing today was the Dave Roberts the Mets had in 1981! (Actually, I liked the other Dave Roberts who played with San Diego and Houston around that time. I also wished he was the Dave Roberts who played for the Mets in 1981)
October 13, 2005 I remember him being the first Met to wear #15 after Grote was moved to the Dodgers! He's right at the top of the Mets all washed-up team. He had nothing left when he got here, and quickly got sent packing. Not too many people remember him.
The dude finally got a picture on the site. I couldn't remember what the heck he looked like after his brief Mets cameo.
Oh well. At least he's remembered enough to have a picture.
January 10, 2009 I just found out about Dave's death from lung cancer. It's sad. I have vague memories of him as a Met, but I remember 1972 game that he pitched for the Astros against them - or at least a picture from it. On the back of the Daily News the next day, he was shown on his knees while waiting his turn at bat making a 'safe' call as one of his teammates slid across home plate. Somehow, that picture seems to stand out in my mind.
Dave wasn't an all-time great, but he was a name from my baseball youth. Like many left-handers, he always seemed to be around, pitching for every team there was.
January 13, 2009 I was sorry to hear of his passing. He had some strange years in the early/mid 70's. In 1971 for the Padres he went 14 - 17 with a sparking 2.10 ERA! Then he is traded to the Astros where in '72 he goes 12 - 7 with a "very high for the times" 4.50 ERA! Then he has a solid all around year for the 'Stros in '73 going 17 - 11 2.85 with 6 shutouts! Let's add in his year with the Tigers in 1976 for good measure: 16 - 17 4.00 ERA on the nose with 18 Complete Games! Who does that now? No one.
For some reason he was relegated to mop up relief for the rest of his career until he retired in 1981.
He played in three decades even though he only played for 13 years. And he has a World Series ring with the 1979 Pirates. He pitched well for them that year going 5 - 2 out of the pen.
He wasn't a bad hitter either with a lifetime batting average of .194. He went 5 - 11 4.59 for the 1978 Reds but he hit .327 and sugged .500! Go figure...
Like I said--stranger career. But interesting.
The Mets were his last stop when he was all washed up.
May 16, 2010 The way Dave Roberts developed his terminal illness was unusual. He worked as a boilermaker in offseasons as a young pitcher, and developed the form of cancer known as mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos. The same thing happened to Steve McQueen.