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Cory Lidle
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 163 of 1043 players
Cory Fulton Lidle
Born: March 22, 1972 at Hollywood, Cal.
Died: October 11, 2006 at New York, N.Y.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 180

Cory Lidle was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on October 11, 2006, October 12, 2006, October 13, 2006, and May 30, 2010.


First Mets game: May 8, 1997
Last Mets game: September 23, 1997

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I was disappointed when I saw the Diamondbacks claim Cory as the first Met in the expansion draft back in '97. He had a very solid year for them and appeared as though he had a future with them as a set up man. However, I was even more disappointed when I learned that he never got the opportunity to pitch for the D-backs due to injury. I thought that he had dropped out of baseball but was pleasantly surprised to see him make a quality start for the Devil Rays last month. He has struggled somewhat since then, but I hope he is able to put it together.

May 18, 2001
surprise surprise...hes pitching for oakland and I dont think hes doing all that poorly. lets go Mets. certainly would rather see him on the mound than trachsel at this point.

October 14, 2001
Not only is Lidle pitching for Oakland, the former Met now has the opportunity to give the death blow to the Yankees tonight in Game 4 of the ALDS. Give 'em hell, Cory.

October 18, 2001
Cory game 'em hell, alright. A hell of a lousy performance. The frigging Yankees are now going to win a 4th World Series, thanks to a total collapse by the awful A's. I think I'm going to be sick...

Keith Hess
October 20, 2001
Cory Lidle happens to be the best Mets pitcher in 2001. Too bad he is pitching for the A's. Another bone headed move by the wife cheating sex addict Steve Phillips.

Gregory Gewirtz
April 1, 2003
Supposedly the Mets protected Greg McMichael, but not Lidle. Like anybody would take McMichael, even forgetting that he had a decent salary, and the expansion teams took mostly guys making no money.

Lidle provided a shot in the arm to the 1997 team. His two losses were memorable.

One day, with the threat of rain hanging over the Mets- Reds game, Valentine decided to start Lidle instead of Mark Clark, assuming the game would be washed anyway. Lidle struggled, the rain threat abated, and later Clark came in to pitch some ineffective relief, and Lidle was tagged with the loss.

The second loss, at home vs. the Pirates, came the night we were eliminated from wild card competiton, a week before the end of the season. I don't remember whether the Marlins win or the Mets loss that night came first, but either one was enough to cinch it for the eventual World Champion Marlins.

Shickhaus Franks
August 4, 2006
Cory Lidle. Hmmm.... A "scab", a pitcher who will NOT enter Mr. Universe any time soon, and a guy who is now on his 7th team. And he may be a BIGOT! Earlier this season, he scolded Barry Bonds for steroid use but NOT Jason Giambi, who was Cory's high school teammate and best buddy! And Arthur Rhodes ripped a new one into poor Cory after the trade to the Bronx Evil Empire. All I have to say to Joe Torre: Good Luck dealing with this no-talent jackass, you'll will need lots of it!

Steve L.
October 11, 2006
Today is a tragic day for baseball. Cory Lidle's plane crashed into an apartment building on the East Side, likely killing him. Rest in peace, Cory.

Carlos R. Pastrana Torres
October 11, 2006
May he rest in peace. He had a great career for other teams other than us, and he was reportedly pushed aside by teammates put off by the fact that he used to be a replacement player, but it is always sad when a young man is taken away so soon.

Uncle Dave
October 11, 2006
Today, Corey Lidle passed away in a tragic plane crash. I remember him as the up and comer for the 97 Mets whom we lost in the expansion draft, but he was always be in our minds.

October 11, 2006
Tragedy today - the loss of a great both on and off the field. Thoughts and prayers for the family - his beautiful wife and son and for the fellow fans shocked by todays events. God bless Cory, rest peacefully.

Joe Figliola
October 13, 2006
When I first heard that Cory Lidle was involved in that plane crash, I thought it was some kind of sick joke by some Yankee hater that tied in to the Bronx team's loss to Detroit. Unfortunately, it was not the case. Not only is it a very sad event, it also was surreal. It was only two days prior to the incident that Lidle tried to defend himself in an interview with WFAN's Mike Francesa and Chris Russo concerning newspaper remarks Cory made about the Yankees' effort against the Tigers... and now he's gone. Sad.

Although I don't have a specific memory of Cory, I do remember that he wore number 11, which to me at the time was an odd number for a pitcher to wear (I always think of Wayne Garrett when it comes to double-ones). I also liked his versatility—he could start, come in for long relief, or handle a save opportunity. I also recall getting mad when he and another prospect that I thought was going to do something in the bigs (Carlos Mendoza) were selected in the 'zona/D-Ray expansion draft after the '97 season.

Thanks to role players like Cory, the Mets' '97 season was that much more enjoyable.

October 13, 2006
When I heard the news of the plane crash- I immediately thought of him as a Met and not a Yankee. He had a nice season for the Mets in 1997- going 7-2 with a 3.53 ERA. Even more importantly he was a nice man from what I have heard about him personally and a good father to his 6 year old son Christopher.

October 13, 2006
I remember Cory Lidle in 97 when he came up to the Mets and pitched pretty well. At the end of the season, he went in the expansion draft to the Diamondbacks along with Carlos Mendoza (he went to Tampa Bay) ; as it turned out Cory went on to play for Tampa Bay as well . Not a great pitcher but a decent 4th or 5th starter. My condolences to his family.

Jonathan Stern
March 16, 2007
Talk about scary. One day, I heard Cory Lidle on the air with Mike and the Mad Dog defending (futilely) some comments he made re Joe Torre (and showing no great sadness over the end of the Yankees' postseason run, it must be confessed). Then the next day, I hear of a plane crash on the East Side (shades of 9/11?). Then, later that night, I find out that Lidle was killed in that very crash. Unreal.

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