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Lenny Harris
Lenny Harris
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 136 of 1043 players
Leonard Anthony Harris
Born: October 28, 1964 at Miami, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 5.10 Weight: 210

Lenny Harris was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 3, 2012, and February 20, 2014.

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First Mets game: July 4, 1998
Last Mets game: October 6, 2001

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Lenny Harris reminded me of Rich Becker (oh). What can you say about Lenny Harris? He had a catchy first name, which is more than I can say about his glove! Spent way too much time in the cafeteria before games. No wonder Valentine liked him.

Can somebody please inform Valentine that Lenny Harris cannot hit anymore? His at bat pinch hitting against Atlanta this year where he grounded into a double play on a 2-0 count is one of the worst pieces of hitting I've seen all year long.

Big E
Came back nicely after Arizona atrocities. Just don't play him at third unless you want a spirit of adventure. Absolutely loved by teammates.

During BP of a Mets-Cincy game earlier this year (2000), I watched as Harris met with and chatted to a dozen guys from both teams and broke every last one of them up. Definitely a character. Would never have gone to AZ had Phillips not been exiled for indiscretions with secretaries.

Michael Z.
He seems like a nice guy to have in the clubhouse, but he's a disaster whenever he plays in the field. He makes Shawon Dunston look like a gold glover! I hope the Mets only use him to pinch hit once in a while in 2001.

Won Doney
December 24, 2000
Lenny Harris has shown us that he can hit, but he hasn't shown us that he can field. It doesn't matter to me. He has always come off as a nice guy.

July 27, 2001
A $3 million clubhouse man, who's fat and old, but hey- -- he keeps Mike Piazza happy! What a bunch of bull this PH record is. He can't play and Matt Franco is just as good a PH and better fielder/pitcher!

January 9, 2002
Honestly, I have never seen a worse defensive third baseman. He played third a couple times late in '99 and he probably averaged 2 errors a game. He really has no use to the Mets anymore, because he is not a good enough pinch hitter to waste a roster spot on.

January 25, 2002
What did Michael Jackson and Lenny Harris have in common? They both wore a glove on one hand for no apparent reason! Harris is the worst fielder I have ever seen in baseball, even worse than Gregg Jefferies or Rob Deer. I'll never forget the game he started in 2001 where he started at FIRST BASE and committed two errors in the first inning (and if it wasn't for the official scorer, he would have had three!). In addition, his vaunted "pinch hit record" is based on the amount of opportunities--Harris batted .222 in '01 with just 9 RBI. Productive?

February 3, 2002
I cannot believe this man is a Major League record holder. Can't hit. Can't field. Great cheerleader, I guess. But cheerleaders shouldn't get paid in the millions. Glad to see he's not on the roster for opening day this year, but he's essentially the Mets' Luis Sojo--he'll go to a sucky team to start the season, then they'll get him back for the pennant drive. Only Luis Sojo somehow wins games for the Yankees sometimes. I don't know how.

May 5, 2002
Lenny was a good hitter in 2000 for the Mets. However in 1998 and 2001, he did absolutely noting. In '98 it was halfway through the year , you know. In '01, he was going for the pinch hit record. What can I say?

August 16, 2002
Was at a Mets-Phillies game at the Vet in 2000. A few rows over I heard some Mets fans talking. "I've seen Lenny Harris make an error at five different positions this year!"

Gregory Gewirtz
January 25, 2003
Lenny had been a decent enough bench player at times in his career, and I thought he gave the Mets a lift in 1998 and in 2000, but in 2001, his defense was not only as bad as usual, but his pinch-hits generally came in meaningless situations.

At least in 2001, Harris wasn't a pinch-hitter who you wanted facing an elite closer, he was more a guy who would bat in the seventh inning when we were down by four, and maybe get a ground single.

Mr. Sparke
December 2, 2003
After the World Series I looked at the pictures of the Marlins celebrating on and there was Lenny, in the first picture. with a gigantic s*** eating grin from ear to ear holding the trophy. I didn't even realize Lenny was on the Marlins. He got about 16 at bats for them during the season and now he has a ring. It was funny just seeing his mug there. He kinda remined me of Randy Neiman after 86 where Cashen said the guy who contributes the least makes the most noise. I'm sure Lenny partied hard that night.

December 25, 2003
How can you go 158 at bats with the Rockies and not hit a home run? I just remember Lenny as a pudgy guy, who seemed like he was proficient with the bat. However, I don't remember him as having a defining moment.

June 28, 2004
My favorite Lenny Harris moment came during one game at Shea when they had an "Ask The Mets" type of segment on DiamondVision. The question was "Who's the funniest Met?" Various Mets chimed in, all answering "Lenny Harris." Then Lenny's mug appeared, giggling, and said, "me." I always liked Lenny Harris, even if I was never terribly excited to see him come to the plate.

I was excited to see him batting cleanup for the Marlins when the Mets were in Florida on May 29, though... when Lenny Harris is batting fourth, your lineup is NOT scary. (Sadly, the Mets forgot to beat up on Carl Pavano that day, and despite Lenny's 0- fer, the Fish beat the Mets, 3-2.)

May 19, 2005
Wow, a lot of harsh comments about Lenny. In fairness they were posted while he was with the Mets at the end of his run. I was always a big fan of Lenny, it seemed like he always was able to lift the team.

I was at the next-to-last game of 2001, when he broke the pinch hit record. He got a wonderful standing ovation. He deserved it. Sure, he had no business in the field, but he was kept around for one main reason, and he ended up holding the all-time major league record for that one thing he was asked to do; you can't ask much more than that of a guy.

Jonathan Stern
January 23, 2012
I remember Lenny Harris saying that he was not really looking forward to breaking the pinch-hit record and would not celebrate it too much when it happened. Then he broke the record and went crazy on the bases and was still beaming on the bench several innings later.

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