Anthony 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.
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!
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.
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...