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Rich Becker
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 379 of 984 players
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Richard Goodhard Becker
Born: February 1, 1972 at Aurora, Ill.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 5.10 Weight: 192

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First Mets game: March 31, 1998
Last Mets game: June 10, 1998





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murphy
This guy is a strikeout king. His batting average with the Mets was under .200, but his strikeout average was .420. I cannot believe he's still making money in the majors. What a joke.

Mr. Sparkle
December 13, 2000
He was more like a poorman's Dave Kingman, only with less power and more strikeouts.

Jim Alderson
April 9, 2001
That is the most unfortunate combo of 1st, middle and last names I have ever heard. This guy had to be tough to survive grade school.

METS R KINGS
February 1, 2002
rich becker was not a power hitter, he was not a high average hitter,he struck out tons of time. How did he make it to the big leagues?

Won Doney
February 1, 2002
Is there anyone out there who can give a reason why trading Alex Ochoa for him was a good idea? I can't think of one.

revolve
February 28, 2002
I've NEVER seen anyone strike out at such a prolific rate. I think he ended up with a strikeout in more than half his at bats with the Mets. Fittingly, he returned to Shea with Baltimore later that year, a game that also featured former Met scrub Pete Smith tossing grapefruits for the O's. Anyway, Becker comes up in the 9th and sure enough, he strikes out on 3 pitches. Rich would have swung at a pitch bound for the Mezannine had one been thrown. And they called Mackey Sasser a hacker.

Jonathan Stern
December 17, 2002
A candidate for the Mets All-Time Whiff Team. Came here amidst great expectations. Promptly disappeared like watery sauce into pasta. We've had too many of those!

Mark
April 1, 2004
By a fluke occurrance, early in the 1998 season I had the luck to attend a Mets-Cubs day game at Wrigley Field. During the game, a fly ball was hit to right (I think) that got stuck under the ivy -- it was so early in the season that the ivy had no leaves. Becker - instead of fielding the ball (his job!) instead trotted in to talk to the umpire - why? who knows, maybe because the ball was stuck. In the meantime, the batter made a single into a triple. Mets came back late in that game but still lost - no thanks to Becker who struck out at least twice.

Mario
December 27, 2004
"Stone Cold" Rich Becker (as I called him, given his resemblance to the popular wrestler) came into Shea with a bang. He belted 2 home runs in 1998 before most players had reached 1.

Sadly, he kept swinging for the fences, but the whiffs became more frequent. If memory serves me right, the Mets put him to pasture early like a failing racehorse.

JFK
November 6, 2005
If I remember correctly he had very good spring training and then just fell apart when the season started.

Shorty Larson
November 15, 2005
Here's an example of a guy whose defense got him to the majors, and kept him there. Most people, admittingly the Tigers fans in 2000, would have put him in CF before just about anybody save Jones and Edmonds. Thing is, he could not really hit.

will
February 24, 2006
This guy was the best man ever to grace the Met jersey. He could do it all, hit for consistency, one of the best contact hitters of all time, his sheer will to please his team, managers and to win was second to none. His work ethic was outstanding; one of the most fit players ever to play at Shea. Rich Becker - my favorite Met ever.









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