Kelvin Torve
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Kelvin Torve
Kelvin Torve
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 449 of 1043 players
Kelvin Torve
Born: January 10, 1960 at Rapid City, S.D.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.03 Weight: 190

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First Mets game: August 7, 1990
Last Mets game: July 24, 1991

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They gave him #24 by accident in 1991. He was the first Met ever to wear the number since Willie Mays. I believe he was wearing a high rookie-type number a few days later.

October 2, 2001
He was wearing #39 after #24 was taken away.

Larry Burns
June 13, 2002
How do you know Kelvin Torre was bad? Easy--here is a guy who was a left handed hitting catcher in the late 1980s and early 1990s. These guys were as rare as diet shakes at Rosie O'Donnell's house and were lusted after by ever team. All he could muster was a lousy 3 year career marked by 30 games over 2 seasons with the Mets. I remember him sucking. These facts prove it!

flushing flash
October 4, 2006
Recently I have been going through my scorebooks tallying individual player statistics for all the games I have scored. I saw Kelvin play twice in 1990, both times as a pinch hitter, and he doubled in both at bats! He may be the only player who I never saw make an out in person.

I was there for Kelvin's first at bat as a Met, and I can still remember the buzz going through the stadium when he strode to the plate wearing #24, and everyone at Shea realized that someone on the clubhouse staff screwed up ROYALLY.

Jamey Bumbalo
August 14, 2007
The last three Mets to wear number 24: Willie Mays, Kelvin Torve, and now Rickey Henderson. I bet Torve, wherever he is, gets a kick out of pointing that out.

January 15, 2008
You are mistaken about Kevin Torve's position - according to the stats here, he was a 1st baseman and not a catcher.

For his batting, if he was a catcher he probably would have stuck around longer, but as a 1st baseman he was not much a hitter. Oh well...

November 20, 2013
Kelvin got some attention in the New York media when he was first called up from AAA. He was 30 (or going on 30), which made him ancient for a player who was reaching the majors for the first time. He gets an E for effort.

NYB Buff
April 2, 2014
When Torve joined the Mets in 1990, he wore uniform number 24 before it was taken away in "honor" of Willie Mays. With 24 on his back, he got seven hits in 15 at bats for a .467 batting average. Mays only hit .238 with the Mets. The team should have let Kelvin keep #24!

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