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Ryan Thompson
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 176 of 1043 players
Ryan Orlando Thompson
Born: November 4, 1967 at Chestertown, Md.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 200

Ryan Thompson was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 30, 2011.


First Mets game: September 1, 1992
Last Mets game: September 30, 1995

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Seems like for about 3 years, "next year" was going to be the breakout year for Ryan Thompson. Kind of like a 90's Duke Carmel? Is Ryan still in Baseball? Last I heard it was Buffalo in the Cleveland org.

What a punk. I think he already has his Hall of Fame statue in his garage. Big time mouth, small time player. He's the Yankees problem now.

March 7, 2001
If only he was one-quarter the player he thought he was!

May 30, 2001
rg is correct. Ryan Thompson appeared in 12 games with the 1999 Houston Astros, hitting a robust .200. Man, do I hate Ryan Thompson.

Jose Otero
June 15, 2001
I remember one game, I think it was in 93 or 94 when he and Fat Bastard(Bonilla) was about to go at it. Maybe about who has the biggest mouth of the team.

October 31, 2001
I have always loved Ryan Thompson, and I always will. He is a wonderful baseball player and a kind and caring person. I hope and pray with all my heart that he will soon get on a team where his talents can be displayed. Even the greatest of men fall at times, but it is a pleasure to see Ryan holding on, in spite of the odds against him in his chosen field. I wish him all the best now and always! I knew all along he'd get that ring!

November 20, 2001
He was the batter for the Yankees on that gruesome line drive that hit Bryce Florie in the face. I was trying to eat in Bobby V's restaurant while a highlight show on the TV kept showing that play over and over. I could puke.

Lots of talent, few positive results in his career.

harvey k
January 29, 2002
very nice person.i met him a couple years back at a knick game at msg.he spent time chatting with my young son and ryan had alot of personality.

February 5, 2002
Ryan Thompson--if not for "Generation K", would be the poster child for McIlvaine's failed attempt to completely overhaul the Mets with youth. He certainly added to the frustration. The fact that he never learned to take a walk, or lay off a pitch anywhere between the opposite dugout and the outside corner greatly contributed to his demise--but you kind of have to have achieved success in order to have a "demise". He also seemed to be the Met most likely to make an official appearance at a shopping mall during those days. Is this due to a general lack of personality with other Mets on the roster? I think I met this guy twice because of that. I also remember seeing him going 2 for 4 as a Syracuse Chief in a game his team lost 21-3 to the Columbus Clippers, mere days before he became "the player to be named later" in the Cone trade.

May 28, 2002
I met him at a "Mets Clubhouse" circa 1994, when I was nine years old. He was an unfailingly gracious guy towards my friends and I, he signed several autographs for us and flashed that famous smile. I've always tried to keep track of him throughout his brief career, and I hope wherever he is, he's happy and I want him to know that he was one of the main reasons I became such a huge Met fan.

Jonathan Stern
January 11, 2005
I liked Ryan. He was enthusiastic, energetic, and good quote. Played CF gracefully. I remember seeing him in Rochester playing for the Syracuse Chiefs and being very excited when he was traded to the Mets. Unfortunately, the trade was a dud on several levels. We lost Cone when he was still in his prime and, after getting him along with Thompson, we later traded Jeff Kent (with Jose Viscaino) for (gag!)Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinosa. As for Thompson, he never fulfilled his potential. But, for me at any rate, he was a reason to watch the team.

Best moment in his Mets career: Thompson scoring the winning run in the game that ended A.Y.'s record losing streak. Thompson stamped on home plate with both feet (shades of Ray Knight!) and jumped for joy while players and coaches stormed the field. The crowd, such that it was, gave Young a standing ovation. It was the only time the 1993 Mets were able to celebrate at all - Young's first victory after 27 consecutive losses. Sad, and more than a little amusing, but true.

March 1, 2006
The closest that I ever came to giving up being a Met fan was when the Mets acquired Ryan for David Cone. He was supposed to be a "five-tool player"

November 24, 2006
I recall a game in the miserable early part of the '94 season, watching Thompson blast a grand slam off the left field foul pole.

Next pitch beans John Cangelosi in the head, and there I am watching my first ever brawl on the field as an 8 year old.

Only other thing I remember is John Franco charging in from the bullpen and beating someone's head in.

December 6, 2006
I think it was spring training in '96 Ryan was on WNBC-TV news for a sports report. It must have been a slow news day as Ryan was demonstrating his singing voice. While it wasn't unpleasant I couldn't help but wonder if he should have been working in the batting cage instead.

Gary J
December 6, 2007
When I think of him I think of what a waste of talent this guy was. He talked a great game but he never played one.

John 17
October 26, 2008
I just kept waiting for this guy to get good. I think I can stop now....

November 1, 2008
I went to the same High School as Ryan, Kent County High School in Maryland. He used to come home to Chestertown in the off season with a suit case full of all the money he made because he didn't have a bank account. He would come out of Ames with 4 or 5 shopping carts full of crap. He was a hell of a player in high school.

January 17, 2009
This guy is just as full of it as you can get. Here is a guy who would swing at anything. Unfortunately he just never got any better. He is a first class joke.

December 23, 2009
I have known Ryan for most of his life. I followed his career and in all that time I never saw him refuse an autograph to anyone, especially a child, while I saw other players walk right past them. He showed grace!

July 15, 2016
The only thing I remember is he liked to wear cologne during games. Kent was the throw-in in the Cone deal. Thompson was supposed to be the future star.

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