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Don Florence
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 626 of 1043 players
Donald Emery Florence
Born: March 16, 1967 at Manchester, N.H.
Throws: Left Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 195

Don Florence was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 16, 2008.


First Mets game: August 8, 1995
Last Mets game: September 19, 1995

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June 22, 2001
The thing about Don Florence is that I *don't have any* memories of him. I was looking at a record book a while back, saw Florence's 3-0 mark (most wins without a loss in club history), and said "Who WAS this guy?!"

Joe Figliola
March 21, 2002
Don was a middle reliever that I thought was pretty consistent. I think I scored one or two of those threewins. I'm not sure why the Mets didn't keep him, though. Anyone?

Larry Burns
October 15, 2002
Everyone makes a huge deal that Craig Shipley was the only guy the Mets had that was from Australia. Well Don Florence is the only guy to ever play who came from New Hampshire-----what are the odds?

Jay Dobek
November 15, 2005
Don was the best athlete in New Hampshire in 1985. A great guy, one hell of a left arm. Could have played big time college football - QB - but followed his passion, baseball.

Yes - I'm a friend, but hell he did win 3 games against no defeats.

Tracy Florence
March 31, 2006
What a great uncle!!

David Mo
March 31, 2007
I remember wondering why they let this guy go and kept Doug Henry and Jerry DiPoto — the poster boys for the Mets' post-Jeff Innis/pre- Wendell-Cook middle relief woes. He was part Houdini (a 1.50 ERA while averaging 2 baserunners per inning!) and part run magnet. In his 3 wins, he pitched 3.1 innings and the Mets scored 8 runs for him (not counting the 4-spot they put up in the inning immediately after he left en route to win No. 3). Don, we hardly knew ye!

Jonathan Stern
March 31, 2007
He played in what might have been the highpoint of Dallas Green's tenure: the second half of 1995, during which the already out-of-it Mets (Rico, Pulse, and Izzy, et. al) played some nice, fundamentally- sound baseball and had Mets fans hoping for a better future. I have no recollection of Florence, but based on his record, he must have been a contributer. Maybe his not being around was the real reason why the Dallas Green Mets stunk in 1996. Not likely, methinks.

Ray Puglisi
April 15, 2007
Don is my best friend. He was offered a minor league contract after that 1995 season. He felt he deserved a major league deal after the statistics he put up so he asked for free agency but was not lucky enough to find a major league team who wanted to put him on their roster. He finished up his career with the Rochester Red Wings.

He had a very productive minor league career and to make it into the big league is an accomplishment that most people never have a chance to do.

tori florence
May 1, 2007
My dad was a good baseball player. And he still enjoys playing in the over 30 league. But he is 40 right now. I love my dad.

elizabeth puglisi
May 4, 2007
Don Florence is my dad's best friend and a great baseball player. I would also like to congratulate him on getting married to Jen 2 weeks ago.

October 19, 2007
I remember watching Don play ball when I was just a little girl. He's always loved the game and given it 100%. I believe the major leagues truly missed out on his drive and talent, their loss. I also remember another side of Don Florence, the side that would take time out of his teenage years to drag his two much younger cousins out to Deerfield Country Club in the middle of winter to take us sledding, including pulling us back up the hill every time. He's an exceptional human being and a great ball player.

February 3, 2008
Don is my favorte step dad I have ever had. He is very cool. I want to say thanks to him because I love my step dad if he did not hurt his arm he would still be playing baseball and thanks for marrying my mom. And thanks for letting me get the ps3.

Don Florence
July 19, 2008
My name is Don Florence. My dad's name is Don Florence. My grandfather: Don Florence. We met Don at what was very possibly his last game (sometime around September 19, 1995) because I was taken (my first time at Shea) for my birthday. (September, 29, 1986; I was turning 9.)

Tori Florence
April 2, 2011
This is my father, he is a straight up boss at baseball (: I am very happy to be his daughter, cause he kicks a** I love him very much<3

January 11, 2016
I met Don in 1994 when Pawtucket visited Syracuse. He signed my game program that I still have in mint condition. Awesome that he got a shot at in the big leagues.

Ted Menswar Jr
September 2, 2016
Considered to be one of the best pitchers to have thrown for his Manchester (NH) Memorial High School baseball team, Don has been inducted into the MMHS HALL OF FAME - RED DIVISION - ATHLETES. He joins fellow alumni (who reached the "top" in their respective Pro sports) 1979 Cy Young winner Mike Flanagan - Orioles, Steve Balboni - Yankees, Chris Lambert - Cardinals, and Hubie McDonough III - NY Islanders (hockey). Along with those of the four other athletes mentioned, his matted and framed Mets game jersey now hangs on the Hall of Fame Wall at the high school as testament to his outstanding talent.

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