Timmy B All I remember is when this guy came up from the minors he was supposed to be the second coming of Tom Seaver. They told you to stock up on his rookie cards they're going to be worth a lot in the future. In the end just add him to the list of huge busts.
April 18, 2001 one of the greatest pitchers in franchise history. oh WAIT I wasted money on his baseball cards waiting for him to be tom Seaver reincarnate and he couldn't pitch a lick. where is this guy now?
May 18, 2001 in many ways, he epitomizes the Mets farm system. say a prayer for alex escobar.
May 25, 2001 David West is the reason I don't put any stock in minor league players. For years Mets fans were told that this guy was the real deal. Steve Carlton Junior. All of the comparisons. The high hopes for the future. Turns out it was a first class con job by the Mets organization.
December 8, 2001 Highly touted prospect who the Mets were fortunate to trade before his true abilities came out. It took the Twins and Phillies much longer to find out he sucked.
May 30, 2002 He was a completly mediocre pitcher. I always thought the Mets organization did a great job with him. They kept praising him and highly touting him, but never exposed him to much major league experience. Then when everyone (including me) thought he was going to be the next Doc Gooden they trade him to the Twins for Frank Viola. Frankie proved to be his own disappointment, but in the annals of Met history it was a pretty good steal for the Metropolitans.
December 12, 2002 I remember going to a game where Dave West was pitching and it was rough. I can't remember what year it was but my brother and my father were telling me how good he was going to be. Needless to say the Mets got romped, I think it was against the Reds.
Jeff in Florida
March 17, 2003 I remember the game that Mike is talking about. It was early July 1989. I think it was West's last start of the year with the Mets. The Mets lost something like 11-2 against the Reds and West couldn't get anyone out. That game dropped the Mets down to around the .500 mark before they rallied to 87 wins that year. When West was young the only knock against him was his control. I think he once pitched a no hitter in the low minors but lost 4-0 because he walked about 10 guys. I wounder how many pitches he threw in that game. It makes you think that maybe the Mets Brass have always pushed their pitching prospects so hard that they burn out before reaching the majors.
December 15, 2004 David West's outings resembled horror movies more than those of other middle relievers of his day. In fact, he looked a little like a horror-movie character; big, out-of-condition, small boyish head on a large body. But do the 1991 Twins win the World Series without him? Probably not. Do the 1993 Phillies win the pennant without him? Probably not. A career I'd be proud of, all things considered.