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Pete Harnisch
Pete Harnisch
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 189 of 1043 players
Peter Thomas Harnisch
Born: September 23, 1966 at Commack, N.Y.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.00 Weight: 228

Pete Harnisch was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on August 28, 2003, and March 14, 2014.


First Mets game: April 29, 1995
Last Mets game: August 26, 1997

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C'mon Pete, 10 measly wins in three years?! That turned out to about a million per win that you fleeced the Mets for. And to top it off, you go to Cincy, sign for chump change, and come back to beat US! Hope that you are over your illness now, but, don't forget the Met fans who had higher expectations when you arrived.

Mr. Sparkle
This guy was some piece of work. The depression thing, OK, it happens. What are you going to do? But then when the guy comes back from it, he says he'll take any role on the team, he just wants to contribute. Then, when Bobby V puts him in the bullpen, he goes nuts on the guy in a hotel lobby. Let's not forget Pete you sucked in the first place! The guy was nuts!

Absolutely lousy pitcher for the Mets. He was unhittable in Houston. Part of possibly the most lopsided trade in the past 25 years: Pete Harnisch, Curt Schilling and Steve Finley for Glenn Davis. Thank god I'm not an Oriole fan. Yuck.

April 27, 2001
This lunatic couldn't buy a win while with the Mets. after three years of losing nearly every game he pitched in, he goes crazy. After months away, he cries that valentine didn't send him flowers. Get a grip and grow up!

October 20, 2001
I like Pete.I guess one reason is because I have the depression thing in common with him.It's nice to know that players are human.Of course I don't wish depression on anyone.But the more human a player is the more I like them.Plus Pete is a loyal friend of my bleacher bum buddies Bill and Pam.

Larry Burns
June 6, 2002
Depression my ass! He plain and simply sucked. His claim of mental illness was confirmed when he offered the "I will do anything to help the team" line to the media and then spouted off when Bobby V did not use him in a manner he felt was acceptable. What a tired lament from a guy who gave us all of 10 wins. Another I talk the talk, but won't walk the walk athlete of today.

October 20, 2002
Talk a about a $10 million headache. He caused all these weird off-field problems, did nothing on the mound (when he pitched at all), then pretty much claimed it was the club's fault. When the Mets get nut jobs they really get em - see Carl Everett.

Gregory Gewirtz
March 29, 2003
Who can forget the searing pain of Opening Day 1997 at San Diego?

After cruising through five scoreless innings, Harnisch gives up back-to-back-to-back homers to Chris Gomez, Rickey Henderson, and Quilvio Veras, three guys who are not ordinarily big power threats, and we go on to give up 11 runs in total that inning.

Of course, that was his last appearance for the Mets before Harnisch's leave due to tobacco withdrawal/depression.

Etch 35
April 1, 2003
Complete and total nut job. Emotional disorder or no emotional disorder, this guy quit on us. Big time Loser!

original mets
June 13, 2005
I remember this guy starting the 1997 season for us in SD. He pitched 5 "decent" innings and then blew up giving way to the pen (Toby Borland, Barry Manuel) Then when the team was in Baltimore he got into that scrape with Bobby V. He always was on the FAN , sounding like a good guy but he did nothing for the Mets.

Bob Inzerillo
December 9, 2005
I was a big fan of Bobby Valentine's as manager and I know Pete Harnish and he did not get along. Nonetheless, you have to judge a person by the way he treats others. After a game, I remember walking through the Shea parking lot with my son who was about 6, and I saw Pete in his car. My son had his mitt with him. I walked over to the car and asked Pete if he'd sign the mitt for my son, and he said sure. I didn't even have a pen, so Harnish looked around the car for one, found one, and signed it.

August 24, 2006
Pete Harnisch was a great guy. He was never really great but he was always there to set the game up to the Mets closer. His son Jack is also cool. All the guys dissing him are losers themselves. At least he could make it to the majors. None of the bums writing comments here could.

Jonathan Stern
March 16, 2007
A typical Dallas Green Met. Not without color or personality, but he didn't win. I rooted hard for guys like Harnisch and Rico and Generation K, all for naught.

Jared K
April 7, 2007
He was a so-so pitcher with the Mets. I remember him most for his off-field problems. When he was first diagnosed with depression, I thought, "Man, what does this guy possibly have to be depressed about?! He plays baseball for a living, for crying out loud!!"

But a few years later, when certain events in my life sent me spiraling into my own abyss, I realized just how hard it was and how much it truly cripples you. Ever since, I always rooted for him wherever he went. Him being so public about his problems in a weird way helped me understand the condition better and helped me get back on track in life.

October 19, 2007
I recall that it was Pete's wife that had the argument with Bobby V. in the hotel lobby. Before saying Pete had depression, Mets said Pete was suffering from chewing tobacco withdrawal.

October 21, 2007
I worked for his wife when I was I teenager. At that time he was just starting out for the Orioles. Like his wife, he seemed to be a nice, down to earth guy. It seemed so cool to know (indirectly) someone who played in the majors. They lived in Monmouth County, NJ, which was also cool because that was close to my home. Of course, once he started making money with the Astros, his wife didn't have to work anymore. It was too bad he couldn't put it together with the Mets.

Todd H.
August 28, 2008
He was a nice guy. He went through a rough couple of years. I went to elementary school with him. It was nice to know someone that went to the bigs.

Tracy Vitulli
April 20, 2009
Pete H was a decent pitcher on a very bad Met team and it didn't help having Bobby V as a bad nasty manager and person. Most important was and still is that Pete's a good man and great dad. It's been my pleasure to know him for a few years.

A different Pete H
April 9, 2012
On days when Pete wasn't pitching, you would see him in the dugout and he would have some sort of pin on his hat that looked like a sun or star or something. Never when he was pitching though. MLB probably wouldn't have allowed it. Anyone remember this and know what that pin was for?

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