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Randy Niemann
Randy Niemann
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 245 of 1043 players
Randal Harold Niemann
Born: November 15, 1955 at Scotia, Cal.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.05 Weight: 215

Randy Niemann was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 15, 2008.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Coach 1997 - 1999, 2001 - 2003
  • Bullpen Coach 2009 - 2010

First Mets game: September 17, 1985
Last Mets game: October 4, 1986

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After the Mets won the 1986 World Series, one of the broadcasters was in the jubilant Mets dugout talking to Frank Cashen when Randy Niemann emptied a bottle of champagne over Cashen's head. Frank turned quickly around to see who it was and, without missing a beat, remarked, "isn't it funny how it's always the guys who do the least that celebrate the most?"

Mr. Sparkle
March 29, 2001
I remember Cashen's comment. Yeah Randy sucked but if I were him I would have given Frank the bottle back in a very uncomfortable place.

Logan Swanson
April 15, 2001
Perhaps the worst pitcher ever. Totally devoid of talent. Now a pitching coach in the Met's organization.

April 18, 2001
the owner of one of the most phenomenal moustaches of the 1980's, to say nothing of his pitching prowess.

May 2, 2001
May very well have been the second worst left handed reliever in Mets history. Sorry Randy, Rich Rodriguez has you beat by a pretty wide margin.

Jersey Joe
August 16, 2001
He was absolutely horrendous ..... BUT, didn't he pitch about 6 perfect innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader that he started ???

January 19, 2002
Simply could not pitch. A little league all-star team would light this guy up.

Larry Burns
June 13, 2002
Relief pitcher, great mustache, looked like Rollie Fingers, pitched liked Regis Philbin. He was awful. I would hate his absolute lack of talent except I felt bad after Frank Cashen ripped him when celebrating in 1986 for "celebrating so much when he did so little." Sorry Frank, I guess being happy and joyous can only apply to the stars.

December 27, 2002
During the 1986 World Series celebration, he obnoxiously sprayed Frank Cashen while Cashen was being interviewed on TV. Cashen turned right to the camera and said, "Why is it the guys who contribute the least do the most celebrating?"

Jonathan Stern
June 26, 2005
A journeyman who hung around (as a player and, now, as a coach), he contributed so little to 1986 run, that, over a decade later, I was actually surprised to learn that he was even on the team. I do not remember the Cashen confrontation, but many others do. How would you like to be known more for that than for anything else? Ouch.

Jamey Bumbalo
December 1, 2005
He wasn't as bad a pitcher, at least statistically, with the Mets as other writers claim. Then again, I can't recall actually seeing him pitch. He was the forgotten man on the 1986 Mets. I believe he was the only Met--at least the only Met pitcher--not to appear in either the playoffs or the World Series. Davey should have let him pitch to at least one batter.

Doctor Worm
August 20, 2006
Randy Niemann's 1986 experience speaks to how the game has changed in 20 years.

With only 30 relief appearances (plus one spot start) Randy was pretty much irrelevant to the team's success that year. Yet he was the team's #4 reliever, behind McDowell, Orosco, and Sisk.

Compare that to the 2006 Mets #4 reliever, Chad Bradford. He will have over twice as many appearances as Niemann did. Unlike Niemann, Bradford will be a key cog in whatever success the Mets have this year.

In 1986, a team needed only two solid relievers to be successful. Now it needs at least five.

October 4, 2006
Doctor Worm is correct. It is hard to imagine that relief pitcher on the roster for entire year only pitching in 31 games. Talk about your no-show job.

Mitch Weisbrot
October 19, 2011
One of the nicest men I have ever met. Randy is generous with his time and a lot of fun to be around.

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