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Toby Borland
Toby Borland
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 591 of 1043 players
Toby Shawn Borland
Born: May 29, 1969 at Ruston, La.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.06 Weight: 193

Toby Borland was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on May 12, 2008, and July 8, 2010.


First Mets game: April 1, 1997
Last Mets game: May 6, 1997

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I saw him get a save with four shutout innings in relief on April 15, 1997, Jackie Robinson Day. Maybe he was trying to impress President Clinton. That was his only save.

In a word: putrid. Traded away to Boston for Rick Trlicek. A great trade only because Borland was sent packing. Was supposed to be the lefthanded setup man, but the Mets realized he was a complete stiff pretty quickly. Rico Brogna for this?

February 20, 2002
heh,heh... you said Toby Borland. Can you give someone an "E" for effort? or does that stand for Earned RUNS?!? If we gave him a "B", it would have to be a double "B", as in "BB's" or walks given up (as opposed to innings pitched) Well, Toby, at least you tried your hardest.

August 30, 2002
When I heard his name pitching for the Marlins the other day, I thought I was in a time warp. I figured that Ricardo Jordan would probably be pitching for the Expos next week.

Then I heard about how horrendous his personal life has been over the past 5 years. His son died of cancer, and his brother died of AIDS. I have to give him a ton of credit for overcoming those tragedies in making it back.

September 10, 2002
My friends and I dubbed this guy "Tater" Toby Borland for his knack for getting smacked around every time he came into the game. I'll never forget the 1997 season opener in San Diego - Pete Harnish was pitching lights out then suddenly gave up 3 straight homers (we'd later find out he was fatigued from quitting chew, and that was that for his Mets career). In comes Borland in that game to stifle a rally, and the rapid Padres fans (yes, I'm being sarcastic) got him so rattled his face showed easily the most frightened expression I've seen in 25 years of watching baseball...10 times more scared than Schiraldi pitching to Ray Knight in game 7.

I too think it's a nice story that he worked himself back with the Marlins to play for Jeff Torborg...who he can now make even more miserable!

Jonathan Stern
December 17, 2002
Really sorry about his family. Good for him for hanging in there. But he couldn't pitch.

December 21, 2005
I happen to like sidearmers and Toby could occasionally get impressive movement on his pitches. Sadly not often enough. I remember seeing him pray on the mound once it got so bad. I really felt for him and am sorry that it couldn't have gone better here.

June 22, 2009
I will never forget that opening day, 1997. Bobby V's first opening day as manager. Toby came in and threw wild pitch after wild pitch. The looks on Bobby V's and Bob Apodaca's faces were priceless.

September 21, 2009
Another waiver wire guy the Mets picked up. God, he was pathetic.

September 25, 2009
No, he was not a waiver wire addition. He was traded from the Philles along with another reliever for Rico Brogna. Regardless, he was pretty bad,.

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