Mike Cubbage
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Mike Cubbage
Mike Cubbage
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 284 of 1043 players
Michael Lee Cubbage
Born: July 21, 1950 at Charlottesville, Va.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 182

Mike Cubbage was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 20, 2010, and April 4, 2015.

3b Manager
Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Manager 1991
  • Coach 1990 - 1996

First Mets game: April 9, 1981
Last Mets game: October 3, 1981

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Dave A
December 17, 2000
Seemed like the Mets were always "grooming" him for the manager's position.

I have a theory that Cubbage and Paul Gibson were one in the same. Were they ever spotted simultaneously?

Paul Sullivan
January 7, 2001
Mike "corned beef and" Cubbage's only claim to fame is inclusion on the all-Chris Berman team.

Larry Burns
May 30, 2002
For Mr. Sparkle---such a concept was not only possible, but proven by this d-bag! Who the heck ever made the decision that this clown was manager material is anyone's guess. I just hope whoever it was was shown the door quickly.

Paul S.
November 14, 2002
Mike is now a coach with the Boston Red Sox, he was actually the interim manager for the last half of spring training 2002, after Joe Kerrigan was dismissed and before Grady Little was hired.

Mike also spent many years after the Mets with the Houston Astros, while there he was a coach with former Mets Pitching Coach, Mel Stottlemyre and future Mets 3rd Base Coach, Matt Galante.

Ed K
August 6, 2003
Two memories about the Cubbage:

1. I went to Fan Appreciation Day on the next to last day of the season in 1981. To make amends to the fans after the strike, the Mets promised that anyone attending the game could use the rain check for a free ticket in 1982. It was a cold and blustery day but I saw Mike Cubbage hit the last homer of his career. I also saw Montreal clinch a playoff spot by winning the second half of the strike-split season. After the last out the Montreal players were jumping and hugging each other on the field. It was the only thing the franchise ever won.

2. Before he was on the Mets, Mike played on the Twins in the late 1970's and his wife was in law school with me and we had one class in common. Bowie Kuhn was an alumnus and came down to give us a talk. During the Q& A, Mike's wife got in a nifty discussion with him about the players pension plan and Bowie was quite perplexed that she knew so much about it until someone told him who she was. The school softball league allowed spouses of students to play, and there was the rumor that Mike would show up to play in the fall playoffs in late October and hit a ball over the trees into the street but he never made an appearance.

Steve C
August 29, 2003
Mike Cubbage is the best Baseball player to come out of Charlottesville, Virginia. Though his career as a player was not very distinguished, the fact that he has made his living in Pro ball as a player, manager, and coach for 30 years should mean something. He was also a great QB on his HS football team. If I am not mistaken, he was undefeated in 3 years as a varsity QB and led the team to the longest undefeated streak in the country. What I want to see is Mike given a chance to manage for a full year at the Major league level. I followed his career as a manager of the Mets AAA farm team, the Tidewater Tides in the mid-1980s and I believe he led them to several International League pennants. When is an owner going to get the balls to see if this guy has what it takes for a full year?

Bob P
February 6, 2004
As Ed K mentioned in August of 2003, Cubbage hit his last major league home run on October 3, 1981. It came in the eighth inning off Montreal's Jeff Reardon on the last at bat of his career.

July 5, 2004
He was a very cerebral guy, which meant he had little chance to be a good player or respected coach, in baseball's macho world.

So that destiny came to pass when he told Vince Coleman "Your time is up" in the batting cage, and Coleman yelled at him and basically told Cubbage what to do with himself, in public, in front of reporters and teammates.

Cubbage was stunned. Coleman refused to apologize.

You knew both were doomed.

Jonathan Stern
December 21, 2004
A high school classmate of mine who played professional ball told me years ago that Cubbage was a particularly disliked coach, with a reputation for being a hardass. Given that he has been coaching for so long, I guess that even today there is a place for hardasses and that Cubbage has proven successful in that role. Not everyone was put on earth to be liked.

Cubbage campaigned openly for the full-time managerial position during his brief run as interim manager. Instead, the Mets chose Jeff Torborg. Could Cubbage have been any worse?

Andy Capasso
March 14, 2005
When I was fifteen in 1981 I was at a game with a friend of mine where the Giants were beating the Mets 9 - 0 going into the bottom of the ninth and there was no one in the stands (a typical Met game in 1981).

Then all of a sudden in the bottom of the ninth the Mets started to rally--a couple of hits, a couple of runs then some more hits and some more runs and the Giants stated to panic and change pitchers frantically and believe it or not the Mets scored 7 runs and had 2 men on with 2 outs and I was preparing myself for the greatest comeback ever in all of sports!

Once again the Giants changed pitchers and Mike Cubbage was sent up to pinch-hit with the tying runs on base. My friend and I were literally praying for a hit and what did Cubbage do? He flew out/lined out to left field (I think on the first pitch) to end the game.

It was one of those shots that when he first hit it there was hope but it went the opposite way (Cubbage batted lefty) right to the left fielder.

We left the game extremely disappointed (so close yet so far?) but that was part of being a Met fan back then. (And even now!)

Bob P
March 15, 2005
Andy, that game was on Tuesday night May 5, 1981. I'm sure most of the paid attendance of 6,091 were heading home by the bottom of the ninth. Cubbage had walked and scored as a pinch hitter earlier in the ninth inning, but with seven runs in and runners at the corners, Cubbage flied out to left against Greg Minton.

February 22, 2006
I can't believe he only played one year with the Mets - it seemed like six! When they were bad, it seemed like an eternity. I remember Bob Murphy all excited about the Mets signing this guy as a free agent. Big deal - another bum.

John O
June 9, 2006
Not to knock him personally, he might be a great guy, but when I heard the Mets signed him as a free agent, I went berzerk, and not in a good way. The Yanks sign guys like Jackson, Gossage and Winfield, and we sign guys like Cubbage. The DeRoulets were by far the worst owners EVER in the history of Major League Baseball. Like I said, nothing against Cubbage as a man, but as a player, he left a lot to be desired and the cheapos running and ruining the Mets thought they were doing us a favor by finally signing a free agent. FEH!

John L.
July 16, 2006
John O. I agree Cubbage left a lot to be desired as a player, and yes the DeRoulet/Grant ownership/management had deep pockets and short arms, but Cubbage was signed under the Doubleday/Wilpon ownership.

John O'Hare
October 20, 2006
John L., I stand corrected. Well, no matter WHO signed him, it was a bad deal. I guess the lousy taste in my mouth from the dark times made me link Cubbage to the DeRoulets. My apologies to all concerned, especially to Mike. I shouldn't ride him like that. Hey, he played in the majors. How many of us can say that? I know I can't.

June 12, 2008
I remember when the Mets acquired this guy and the newspapers said the team had finally solved their third base "problem." Didn't quite work out that way. Maybe they should have given him more of an opportunity as a manager.

bob klein
November 25, 2010
Saw Mike Cubbage play 3rd base in a game once against the Indians in 1977 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. He got into a "run-down" between him and the catcher and had an Indians player trapped between 3rd and home plate. It seemed like it just went on forever until finally Cubbage squeaked a tag on him for an out. I has a great seat along the 3rd base line. Will never forget just how exciting that moment was and how "in awe" I was of Cubbage. Wow. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. I was so close to the action. Like a dream.

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