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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 62 of 1043 players
Daniel William Heep
Born: July 3, 1957 at San Antonio, Tex.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 5.11 Weight: 185

Danny Heep was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on April 15, 2005, April 16, 2005, April 17, 2005, April 18, 2005, April 19, 2005, April 21, 2005, September 23, 2011, October 31, 2012, and November 27, 2012.

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First Mets game: April 7, 1983
Last Mets game: October 25, 1986

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Danny Heep was never given a chance by the Mets. I thought he was the best outfielder. I love that video clip on the Let's Go Mets Video. He is soooo cute.

Danny Heep was not given a chance. He was the type of player that was mainly used for a pinch hitter. Davey should have given him a chance. Danny also wanted to play every day.

Remember, when Heep was benched for Strawberry he was batting around .350. The Mets never used him right. He had a real nice contact hitters swing and should have started.

Danny was playing in left field in the 18th inning of the infamous July 4-5, 1985 game against Atlanta when Rick Camp (an .062 lifetime hitter) hit a home run to re-tie the game at 11-11. As the ball sailed over the left field wall at Fulton County Stadium, all Danny could do was throw his arms up in the air as if he was saying "I give up!"

Mr. Sparkle
December 13, 2000
Good player off the bench and a good spot starter but he wasn't an every day player. He never started for anyone else. A good freind of mine used to call him Danny Heep of s***.

Jon Todran
July 31, 2001
Heep was a very good hitter, and today (with expansion adding 6 more teams in the last 8 years) he would be a starter.

Anthony V
September 3, 2001
Danny Heep is FOUND. He is baseball head coach at University of Incarnate Word in Texas.

September 13, 2001
Danny was my favorite player when I was a kid. I remember being furious that he wasn't an every-day player. In fact, in mylast year in little league, I got my coach to go back to the sporting goods store and get an extra jersey made for our team because we didn't have a #25. So, in our team picture you can clearly see me wearing a completely different, newer jersey than the rest of the team...all because I HAD to have Danny's number.

Danny Erickson
November 24, 2001
I always thought the Mets got the better of the deal with the Astros. Mike Scott did absolutely nothing with the Mets. Danny was a solid platoon player who walked away with a World Series ring.

December 11, 2001
I had the pleasure to play and coach with Danny Heep. He is a great guy who taught me a lot about the game.

January 19, 2002
Danny Heep hit his only HR of the 1984 season in a 2-0 home win against Montreal. Bruce Berenyi was the winning pitcher...I remember this because it was my first baseball game, and the day I effectively became a Mets fan.

I still remember what a great job he did in RF when Strawberry went out with the sprained (broken?) thumb in 1985. He was out there for 7 weeks, and for the first half of that, he produced at a level such that the Mets didn't miss Darryl that much. Inevitably, though, he cooled off.

Great bench guy.

PAL 88
May 17, 2002
While I thought Heep was never used properly, the idea that the Mets got the better of the deal (trade to aquire Heep) with the Astros is crazy. Mike Scott went on to become one of the premier pictures in the NL. Still, I think Heep was a class act who deserved better then to be a bench player.

Larry Burns
May 22, 2002
For all you lame fans who cry because Danny Heep did not "get his chance", my only question is who should he have started over? Strawberry, Dykstra, Mookie, or George Foster? Even with the decline of Foster, he was better than Danny. Don't get me wrong, I liked the role he played on the team---great off the bench and as a pinch hitter, but that does not mean he was a quality everyday player. Let us not forget that we gave up splitter master Mike Scott to acquire him. Look at the stats, he never was a go-to guy. Appreciate him for what he was, but do not over value his talent.

August 18, 2002
I agree with the fact that he was never given a chance. He did a great job covering for Strawberry and should've been given more of an opportunity. However, he does have his World Series ring and did play an integral part on the 1986 Met team. The fact that he is so cute doesn't hurt either.

December 26, 2002
Danny Heep was my favorite player on the 86 Mets and he could have been a starter on any team. When used he always produced. And yes he has 2 World Series Rings from 86 Mets and The 88 Dodgers. Solid player.

Larry Burns
January 6, 2003
Whenever someone mentions that Danny was their favorite player, I know they know jack squat abour baseball. Yeah, he was the key to the 1986 team and would have started on any team----who was supposed to sit---Mookie, Dykstra or Strawberry. He went on to enjoy such Hall of Fame success with teams that recognized his talent once he left the inept scouting and talent evaluation of the Mets. Let's get past this obvious sarcasm and realize that Danny was a great 4th outfielder and an excellent pinch-hitter. He filled a role with excellence but was not capable of being a true everyday player. I actually liked him ---- it was his cadre of fawning acolytes that made me insane!

Joe FIgliola
January 17, 2003
What I remember most about Danny from 1983 was him hitting four pinch-hit home runs. I think he hit one of them when I went to see the Mets play (and, unfortunately, lose 2-1) against the Expos on an August afternoon that year. Thanks for the reminder that he led the league in batting for the first six weeks of the season. That was exciting talk among my Met fan friends in college.

My friend Jimmy and I would refer to him as "Daningo" when we watched him on TV. Don't ask me why or what it means; it was just a silly play on words that stuck whenever he was playing. And if I remember correctly, he did pretty good when we called him that!

Greg Stangland
May 2, 2003
Great Pinch hitter, 4 ph hrs in '83. One of my favorite players! I have a Heep Jersey circa 1983. Get lots of positive feedback, Danny "Uriah" Heep, made famous by ESPN's Chris "Boomer" Berman. I saw Heep have a great series at Dodger Stadium in 85. A couple of HRs, Met him at Candlestick and he did a bizarre pose for my snapshot, Hilarious, should have been a guest on Letterman. I had a honorary T-shirt made for him for my all of my lunatic baseball friends. Nice work Danny.

Ken D.
May 16, 2003
The only thing I can still remember clearly about his career is that he was Nolan Ryan's 4000th strikeout.

Hot Foot
July 4, 2003
For some reason Danny was one of my favorite players on the 86 Mets, along with Strawberry and Carter. Why? I can't explain why, I was 8 years old.

July 10, 2003
An unsung hero of 1986. Does anyone remember his HUGE 2-run single in Game 3 at Boston?

Mets were up 2-0 in the top of the first. Sox had just bungled the rundown play allowing Carter and Hernandez to get back to 2nd and 3rd. Danny hit a rope to center to score 2, making the rundown play very costly and therefore more demoralizing for Boston. Four zip hurts much more than two zip.

That hit gets lost on the highlight tape, but I can still picture it. He really lined it hard!

October 10, 2003
Danny Heep was my wife's favorite Met, and I never had any idea why. Although seeing some of the posts from the ladies on this board, maybe I know now. My wife went to a concession stand at Shea and asked the guy if he had any Danny Heep shirts. Guy says, "Ohhhhh yeah," as if to say, "We can't give 'em away fast enough." Well, that's a little harsh, but he got his due. Good bat off the bench, won't kill you in the field, good to start in the OF to give a starter a rest. No more, no less.

March 13, 2005
Hey, Danny could play on my team any day. He was a solid player who could flat out hit. My girlfriend at the time also said he had the best butt in the majors. I'll leave that to the women to decide.

June 16, 2005
Remember when Danny Heep pitched? He was an all around player and I think that if he had been given the chance to play every day he would have been great. At least he wasn't a cry baby like Strawberry or a complainer like Foster. He did whatever he was called upon to do. And he looked good doing it too. I had a gold charm of number 25 just because of Danny Heep. For a long time that was my favorite number until Howard Johnson came along.

Jonathan Stern
July 5, 2005
According to the recent book on the 1986 Mets, Danny Heep was a member of the back-of-the-bus, gross-out gang known as the Scum Bunch. If that was true, some of you ladies might not have thought that he was so cute. And then again, some of you might have loved him more. Who knows what floats someone's boat? One thing's for sure. His membership in the Scum Bunch probably triggered his trade as much as anything else.

Boy, did it hurt seeing him on the 1988 Dodgers.

Choo Choo
March 17, 2006
Danny holds one other distinction. He was the first Met DH. I know Butch Huskey is credited with being the first when interleague play started, but Danny was the Mets first DH in the 1986 World Series.

Matt Fleener
May 3, 2006
Danny played HS ball at the school my dad coached at and for that reason alone made keep track of his career as I grew up. The way he played and the way he interacted with the public made him a favorite player for me. I still have a ball he signed for me on my shelf. Here's some info on how well he has been doing at UIW, note the team and indivdual hitting alcolades.

Hank M
November 19, 2008
I thought Danny's abilities were never put to proper use by the Mets. When he arrived in 1983, he started off very well. He spent some time leading the National League in hitting early on. He then became a player off the bench, contributing four pinch-hit home runs in that role. Danny was an excellent hitter who, if given the chance to play regularly, would have made the Mike Scott trade look better for the Mets.

In 1986, Danny got a little short-changed by Tim McCarver on TV during the division championship celebration. After he interviewed Gary Carter, Tim mentioned that Gary, Keith Hernandez and Howard Johnson were the only Met players that had previous post-season experience. Danny was also on that list. He pinch-hit in the 10th inning of Game 5 of the 1980 NLCS for the Astros against the Phillies.

In Game 3 of the '86 World Series, Danny became the Mets' first DH (a suitable role for him since those are his initials!) In his first at-bat, he lined a bases-loaded single to center to drive in two runs. This came right after the Red Sox messed up a rundown play for which Danny made them pay.

Hot Foot
May 4, 2012
The reason I liked Danny Heep was he always came through, every time he started and when he pinch hit. I remember thinking he could be a 20 home run guy if he played every day. He was always great in the clutch. When the Mets let him go it was the beginning of the immediate dismantling of the championship team.

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