Darren Reed
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Darren Reed
Darren Reed
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 637 of 1043 players
Darren Douglas Reed
Born: October 16, 1965 at Ojai, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 190


First Mets game: May 1, 1990
Last Mets game: October 3, 1990

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Darren never had a chance to show Mets fans what he could do. I watched him play AA ball in Albany, and he had all the tools.Too bad the Mets didn't stick him in the lineup when Darryl left.

Big E
December 13, 2000
Hit like mad in spring training, couldn't sustain it. The Met version of Kevin Maas, except he didn't even have the hot streak Maas had.

Alan Budick
January 5, 2002
They never gave this guy much of a chance. he was a highly touted prospect with the Yankees when Mets got him.

Larry Burns
June 17, 2002
Darren Reed was a marginal major league talent who always had hot springs. He just never was that good on the major league level. Why do fans always say we did not give him a chance. He went to two other teams and they did not give him a chance either! You know why? I'll tell you, because he was not that good. Look at his numbers, watch old video and accept reality. He had a major league career that was in line with his talent. Case closed.

Spicy McHaggis
June 23, 2003
Has there ever been a better spring training hitter than Darren Reed? He was like Jimmy Foxx in Port St. Lucie, Andy Fox everywhere else.

September 3, 2003
I think Kiner said it best - If Reggie is Mr. October and Dave Winfield is Mr. May, Darren Reed is Mr. March.

Martin Silver
January 15, 2006
I followed Darren's career for a long time. He had the ability to reach the catcher on a fly from the right field wall. He could hit the ball way over the fence, out of any part of the ballpark. He was extremely fast and played all three outfield positions, started as a catcher, finished as a third baseman and even pitched an inning. Unfortunately, Darren suffered several injuries and never got the chance to show what he could do over a sustained period of time.

In 1991, after being assured he would be on the opening day roster of the New York Mets, he was traded to the Montreal Expos; a week to ten days later, he had his forearm broken by a Met pitcher and missed that entire season.

In 1993, the Mets brought him back, but a day or two before the end of Spring Training, he injured his hamstring, an injury that was understated and possibly misdiagnosed. He missed that season, as well. When he got off the Injured Reserve List, the Mets released him. That is why perhaps the Mets owed him a greater chance. Few fans, especially Met fans are well-acquainted with Darren's great baseball talent. Perhaps, he was not a major league caliber player, but the shame of it is no one will ever know. That's why many baseball fans, especially Mets fans, say he never got a chance.

Jonathan Stern
February 1, 2006
I remember thinking he was, as the Murph would say, a "good-looking" young hitter. I also remember the announcers raving about him and I don't think it was just Fran Healy who did the raving.

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