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Jeff Musselman
Jeff Musselman
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 463 of 1043 players
Jeffrey Joseph Musselman
Born: June 21, 1963 at Doylestown, Pa.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 185

Jeff Musselman was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on April 16, 2011, and June 21, 2011.


First Mets game: August 3, 1989
Last Mets game: September 7, 1990

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Mr. Sparkle
Was this the best they could get for Mookie Wilson? I would have rather they just released Mookie than to get such poor quality back for him. Mookie is one of the all time great Mets and Jeff Musselman never did a thing before, during, or after his trade to the Mets. I forget who played centerfield immediately after Mookie was gone but wasn't it Keith Miller or someone like that? This trade still boggles me to this day!

Jay Coan
March 11, 2001
I live in the same town as Jeff was raised in and a matter a fact some of his family still lives here. I am also a huge Mook fan and do admit this is behind the Nolan Ryan trade the WORST EVER!!!!!!!

Won Doney
August 1, 2001
This trade was horrible. In my opinion, it was cruel to trade Mookie away. Who is going to remember Jeff Musselman's name in 10 years?

Jose Alicea
December 3, 2001
We gave up Mookie for this guy???

January 9, 2002
As I recall, this guy spent more time in AA than pitching for the Mets.

The Lawn Avenger
April 6, 2002
What a bad memory this guys name brings back. Why they just flat out dumped one of the true hustlers (in the good baseball sense) and all around team players they ever had for a lousy junk inning eating relief pitcher is and was a mystery to me. But then again, the Mets do have an odd tradition of dumping their most popular players rather unceremoniuosly. Look at Seaver, Mookie, Lenny, Knight, Cleon, Seaver again, Carter, Mitchell.

June 7, 2002
First they trade Lenny in a terrible deal to Philadelphia, then this bone-head move. First management says they can't find room for both, then they trade both Lenny and Mookie. I believe the Mets actually had to wait to get medical clearance, because he had just been released from alcohol rehab. The Mets couldn't get more for Mookie? Musselman actually walked more batters than he struck out in his career with Toronto and N.Y.

Won Doney
June 22, 2002
Trading for him was one of the worst things the Mets have done in their history. How could they trade someone who has possibly been the most popular player in the team's history?

Boba Fett21
July 10, 2002
Well, when your OUT pitch is the highly popular "slowball," it goes to figure that you won't be very successful as a big league pitcher. He was just terrible. One of the worst relievers in Mets history.

Larry Burns
January 31, 2003
There might not be another pitcher who was more inept and unable to perform on the major league level than Musselman. He was so bad he did not even have the chance to blow games, he only got in when the team was so far out of a game that they did not want to waste innings of a valuable commodity. He was the mop up guy for lost causes. The fact that we traded Mookie for this complete zero is akin to the proverbial kick in the groin to this Met fan!

Harry J. Britton
April 7, 2003
Hi Folks: I'm not much into sports, but Jeff and I went to grade school together.. I think it was fifth grade. We were in the same class. Walnut St. Elementary, in Toms River, NJ.. He was the BEST in EVERYTHING! Not just sports. I think he was the fastest flash-card expert in the school! I have some old 8mm movies of him playing basketball like the Globetrotters. He was a whole team himself! Besides that, he was a great guy even then. And, all the girls in school loved him.. My Father worked at South High school. He'd tell me he was chatting with Jeff occasionally.

Joe Strummer
June 24, 2003
Let's not get carried away with this guy...granted, Mookie should have been given every opportunity to retire as a Met, but to say Musselman was the most inept pitcher ever is a stretch. He won 12 games out of the pen in '87 & was 8-5 with a 3.14 ERA as a starter in '88. This trade definitely didn't pan out, but the Dykstra trade was far worse becuase they gave up a top-flight lead-off man just entering his prime AND a first-rate set-up man for a guy, Samuel, who was best known for consistently leading the league in strikeouts despite not being a true power hitter.

Joe P.
September 30, 2004
What made this trade very odd is that they already traded Dykstra earlier, and that unclogged centerfield. Then, they trade Mookie for an unproven LH. Poor guy, will always be remembered for his alcohol problem, too.

Sid Farcus
October 11, 2004
Musselman was a horror. We traded away an all time great Met for a boozer who couldn't throw strikes. What a bone head move that was!

Jonathan Stern
February 24, 2006
I know the Mets tried to vanilify the clubhouse following the 1986 World Series. Hence, their decision to trade away the wild guys and replace them with "good citizens." But Mookie for Musselman? The latter was an alcoholic while the former was the most wholesome member of the 80's Mets. Of course, Musselman did nothing for the Mets (and generally looked bleary-eyed throughout his brief run at Shea) while Mookie helped the Blue Jays win two division titles. 1986 brought with it a curse: baseball that good had to come at a price - a front office cave-in.

The Motts
June 28, 2006
Mookie's numbers with Toronto in 1989 after the trade: 238 ABs, .298, 2 HRs, 17 RBIs, 12 SBs. Helped the Blue Jays win the division that year, and hit .263 with 2 RBIs in the 5 game playoff series against Oakland. He received some votes for AL MVP!!!

Anyone still think this was a good trade? Just why they traded BOTH Mookie and Dykstra within weeks of each other is completely mind boggling.

Mike A.
June 1, 2008
Unfortunately, I do not remember much of Jeff Musselman's time with the Mets.

Musselman was mentioned briefly in Bob Klapisch's & Jeff Harper's book about the 1992 Mets, 'The Worst Team Money Could Buy'.

In it, there was a story how Kevin Elster had to calm Jeff down on the pitcher's mound before he started to hyperventilate.

Klapisch & Harper cited this as a symptom of the late 80's-early 90's Mets unloading their hard-living superstars in exchange for more nicer players who were either washed up or just couldn't handle NYC.

Paul Zibben
June 3, 2008
I'd say it's a bad sign when your entire career with a team is overshadowed by the guy you were traded for. Just ask Jeff Musselman, Joe Foy, Jim Fregosi, Mickey Lolich, and Victor Zambrano. (By the way, you didn't have to be a bad player to be affected by this phenomenon. Just ask Kevin McReynolds, Jeff Kent, and Steve Henderson.)

community chest
May 20, 2011
Just read through these comments and you'll realize that Musselman's only claim to fame is that he was traded for the most popular and beloved player in Mets history. He didn't deserve it, but that's what he got.

September 9, 2011
I never understood the Mookie for Musselman trade. It was bad enough that earlier in the '89 season, the Mets traded Lenny Dykstra (along with Roger McDowell) to the Phillies for Juan Samuel. I remember thinking at the time that at the very least, the move reopened CF for Mookie for some time to come. Then the Mets traded Mookie too, for this nobody. To this day, I don't know what Frank Cashen was thinking.

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