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Jeff McKnight
Jeff McKnight
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 370 of 1043 players
Jefferson Alan McKnight
Born: February 18, 1963 at Conway, Ark.
Died: March 1, 2015 at Bee Branch, Ark.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.01 Weight: 170

Jeff McKnight was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on July 5, 2016.

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First Mets game: June 6, 1989
Last Mets game: August 11, 1994

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steve gibbs
Until recently, I worked with Jeff at a TV station. He exuded kindness and joy at the job he was doing and seemed to be a very unassuming individual.

While I did not know this at the time, we both lived and worked in Jackson, Mississippi. He during his Double A days and me in the beginnings of my TV career. He's a heck of a good guy and I'm glad to have known him.

March 16, 2001
This guy should have been taken out in fron tof a firing squad. It would have been purely out of mercy to him and all of us.

Jim Alderson
April 7, 2001
From someone who actually remembers watching Jeff McKnight, there were a few ugly years in the early nineties when Jeff McKnight was one of the few positives on the team. Though his average was low as a starter, he was an excellent pinch hitter and came through in the clutch almost every time (similar to Matt Franco before he got rusty on the bench). I believe McKnight either tied or came close to Staub's team record for consecutive pinch hits.

Larry Burns
May 31, 2002
I know Jeff had a completely forgetable Mets career, but I always remember him as the most versatile role player in the early 1990's. He played anywhere and everywhere. I think he sat on the bench and when the manager said, "I need someone to play ------" He jumped up, grab his glove and trotted on the field.

Jonathan Stern
December 17, 2002
Before a game late in the miserable '93 season, I saw McKnight standing on the runway in his Met uniform. The fans walked right past him on their way to their seats. Other than my friend and I, no one even noticed him. Or maybe they did and decided to ignore him anyway.

Poor guy. Like every major-leaguer, he was probably the pride of his home-town. Then he comes to the bigs only to find that he had no real position, could pinch- hit a little, and could not take advantage of everyone else's mishaps, not playing well enough to impress the management when called upon to start a game. I'll never forget the time I was dozing at Shea, then woke up to see a ball go through McKnight's legs. Only then did I realize... JEFF MCKNIGHT WAS THAT DAY'S STARTING SHORTSTOP! Ah, 1993.

Bob P
May 13, 2003
Jeff had a very unremarkable career with the Mets. In two separate stays in New York (1989 and 1992-94) he got into only 173 games, with just 288 at bats. He started just 42 of those 173 games.

However, Jeff holds one Met record, according to the website Mets by the Numbers (

Jeff wore five different uniform numbers in his two go- rounds in orange and blue (no, there was no black in the uniform back then!).

In 1989, Jeff was up for a cup of coffee in June and wore number 15. He was released by the Mets after the season and spent the next two years with the Orioles.

He came back to the Mets in 1992 and wore number 5. In 1993, with McKnight not assured of a job in the spring, number 5 went to Jeromy Burnitz, and McKnight, who wound up making the team, wore number 7. After Dallas Green replaced Jeff Torborg and new coach Bobby Wine wanted his old playing number seven, McKnight switched to number 17.

In 1994, after Bret Saberhagen didn't do well with number 18 as a Met, he asked to switch to number 17. McKnight then took number 18.

McKnight was on the Mets roster as the infamous strike of 1994 killed the end of the season, and that was the end of McKnight's major league career.

Jeff became the second player to wear number 17 after Keith Hernandez left the Mets (David Cone switched to 17 in honor of Keith back in 1991) and McKnight was also the first player to wear 18 after Darryl Strawberry left the Mets.

Milt Thompson
June 23, 2003
Could we get someone to do DNA research on McKnight and Dave Gallagher to see if the are, in fact, the same person? Gallagher was a little better as a player, but seriously has anyone ever seen the two of them together at the same time?

August 29, 2003
I don't have any specific memories of Jeff McKnight. He never really did anything great or awful to make you remember him. But when you mention his name, it conjures up memories of the worst Mets teams in my lifetime.

Jonathan Stern
October 2, 2005
I just visited Mets by the Numbers, where I saw a section entitled "McKnightmare." Apparently, Jeff set a franchise record for most uniform numbers worn, a testament to his flexibility, humility, and struggle to stay in the bigs. I also found out that in the 12th inning of a 1994 game against the Phillies (the score was 1-1 at the time), Jeff McKnight hit a pinch-hit single, then was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double. No doubt Jeff said "How y'doin'?" to Dallas Green on his way into the clubhouse. It was his last major league appearance.

May 28, 2007
I recall a game in 1993 where the last place Mets had a chance to beat the great Braves (a definite rarity at the time). The Mets had the lead at home with 2 outs and no one on base in the top of the 9th. A Braves batter hit the most routine groundball to McKnight at 3rd--a routine one hopper that should have ended the game. But McKnight somehow dropped the ball for an error. The Braves then rallied and won the game. I have never before and never since seen a 3rd baseman fumble such an easy grounder.

March 7, 2015
Just read the terrible news that Jeff died of leukemia at a far too young age. He was always the kind of player I was drawn to, under the radar scrappers just trying to hang on and while we look at those statistics and go "meh" we have to remember that this is a man good enough to have played major league baseball. He lived a dream that so very few ever could because he worked hard and he had talent. He played in the big leagues and he earned his way there. It's terrible to lose him at such a young age and my thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.

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