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Brian Bohanon
Brian Bohanon
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 363 of 1043 players
Brian Edward Bohanon
Born: August 1, 1968 at Denton, Tex.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.03 Weight: 219


First Mets game: April 6, 1997
Last Mets game: July 3, 1998

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I really liked Bohanon. He did a good job for us down the stretch in '97 and was a valuable long relief guy in '98. I would have liked to have had him as our number 5 guy in the rotation for the past couple of years. He did a great job with the Dodgers for the rest of '98 and did ok with the Rockies last year too. Phillips made a mistake to use him to get back McMichael. He could've used someone else, just as we could use Bohanon in our rotation right now.

June 4, 2001
bohanon has really fallen apart physically since he went to colorado. he was always pretty big, but now he's HUGE. looks like he hits up the post-game buffet a bit too long. im amazed every time this guy pitches out of the third inning without losing his breath. generally still manages to get the job done, somehow.

Gregory Gewirtz
August 2, 2002
Bohanon was a very serviceable pitcher, good as a starting pitcher and as a long reliever. Valentine tried unsuccessfully to make him a set-up man before his trade to the Dodgers, but Bohanon was not suited for that role.

Besides his pitching, the man could really hit. A couple of times, they had Ordonez bunt so Bohanon could hit, and it worked at least once. Bohanon once had a pinch single for the Mets, I think in a extra-inning game.

You guys remember his emergency start against the Giants in place of the depressed Pete Harnisch in April 1997? He gave us a solid seven or so innings out of absolutely nowhere, and had a pretty decent 1997 season, all together.

March 5, 2003
I remember watching Brian pitch for North Shore High School in Houston, Texas. Even at 16 and 17 years of age he had a fastball in the upper 90's and good control. I knew he was going to make the pros. The sports media was comparing him to Nolan Ryan or Roger Clemens. He never became that but he was still a decent pitcher and at least got over ten years in the pros.

Jonathan Stern
November 11, 2003
Not knowing enough, I think we gave up on Bohanon too soon. This guy was so about wins, he didn't care about his stats. He just won. When he went to the Rockies, he was happy. He said he did not mind what Denver would do to his ERA. He was ready to pitch innings - and he did. What the heck. If your ERA is 5.00 in Coors Field, while the others pitchers' combined ERA is 6.00, you have a good chance to win.

I liked this guy, as I do any overweight guy who does his job nonetheless. Guys like Bohanon, Staub, Kranepool (at times), and Kruk give guys like me hope. As for Mo, well...

Joe Figliola
November 27, 2003
Gregory beat me to it; I also recall the Mets' eighth hitter bunting so that Bohanon can come up and swing away. And I recall that strategy working a couple of times.

Was it only yesterday that the Mets had pitchers like Brian that can actually hit? These days, we're lucky that guys like Al Leiter can make contact on a bunt, let alone get a single.

December 31, 2004
One of the best oaf-man pitchers in baseball, alongside El Sid and the early 80s version of Fernando Valenzuela. From his Mets days, I remember him as a serviceable pitcher who packed a whallop at the plate.

Fran Healey used to pick on him for his resemblance to Babe Ruth. When we traded him for Nomo, I was devastated.

In the end, his career fell apart because of what gave him his superhuman strength---his girth. If he had only kept his conditioning up to speed, Bo could very well be gaining continual employment as a journeyman to this day.

August 2, 2006
This guy was huge. Just plain big. We used to call him "Butterbean" Bohanan. After the boxer.

April 2, 2007
I always thought that he bore a resemblance to Babe Ruth.

August 23, 2012
Brian Bohanon was a decent pitcher in 97 and 98, and yes, he does sorta have the Babe Ruth resemblance. Of course, he wasn't as good of a pitcher, let alone a player compared to the Sultan of Swat. Nonetheless, Bohanon had some good, yet unexpected contributions in 97 and probably should have stayed in the rotation all year long.

Although his three career home runs occurred as a member of the Rockies, Bohanon hit well with the Mets and he looked like quite the strapping hitter too.

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