April 20, 2001 This guy was a hitting machine with the bases loaded. ALmost always got a hit. He was a nice role player off the bench. Too bad he decided to go to Toronto after the 90 season rather than stay in NY.
December 6, 2001 Tabler was a true clutch hitter and underrated all-around player. He was stagnating on the bench in Toronto his last couple of years. His ability to come through, at the right time, was something Toronto manager Cito Gaston seemed to be unaware of or ignore. I can still remember him cracking the top 5 in batting average; hitting .326 then was a heck of a lot more impressive than it is now with the diluted pitching.
June 23, 2003 Possibly the best clutch hitter of the modern era. I thought Tabler should have played more often with the Mets, maybe taking some of Magadan's AB's. They were similar players, but Tabler got the nickname "Mr. Clutch" for a reason. Then again, Magadan hit .328 that year so I guess Mr. Clutch was out of luck.
July 13, 2004 A really good clutch hitter. And if Steinbrenner didn't trade him for dirt, he would have made it into the "Noble and Holy Order of the D Train," because he was originally a Yankee property. Never played in pinstripes, though. That was the era when they traded away Fred McGriff, Jose Rijo, and Jay Buhner (for Ken Phelps).
November 20, 2013 I forgot that Pat Tabler was a Met for a short period of time during the (failed) pennant race of 1990. I remember him mostly from his days with the Indians and then with the Blue Jays where he had some big hits. He was a good player but was really an AL player without a real position for the Mets.