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Shawon Dunston
Shawon Dunston
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 390 of 1043 players
Shawon Donnell Dunston
Born: March 21, 1963 at Brooklyn, N.Y.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 180

Shawon Dunston was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on March 21, 2013.

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First Mets game: August 2, 1999
Last Mets game: October 19, 1999

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Eric B
Shawon went to high school in NYC. I remember the year he was drafted (in high school) he batted over .700. The Mets had a shot to draft him, but the Cubs got him.

Remember this without Shawon's tough as nails at bat in the playoffs in 99 fouling off like 12 pitches with 2 out before getting a clutch hit they never get to the NLCS. He deserves his props for that.

There is no doubt Dunston came up big for the Mets at the end of last year. I'm glad he got back to St. Louis, where he wasn't happy to leave last year. He didn't have a role with this year's Mets team.

Coach HoJo 20
April 21, 2001
Is it me? Or does this guy look like Barry Bonds? Look at the picture on the page and tell me he doesn't.

May 2, 2001
Sure the Cubs drafted him ahead of the Mets. The Mets then went ahead and drafted a guy named Gooden. Advantage Mets.

September 20, 2001
not for nothing, but when did this guy become an outfielder? I always remembered him as the cubs shortstop who had that amazing arm and went in the same draft as doc. but then we re-acquire him and he's strictly an outfielder? I remember him running around the ball back in 1999. even so, he was a great addition and turned out to be a great bat off the bench. never saw a pitch he didn't like.

February 13, 2002
funny thing.. he never drew a walk as a member of the Mets.. but then again I dont know if he has walked in his entire career... and I thought ordonez was a free swinger

February 23, 2002
let's all remember who started the rally that won us game 5 of the 1999 NLCS. Shawon Dunston. He had like a 10 minute at bat against that mclinchy guy, and ended up getting on. he played his heart out for the Mets that one year, and they owe a lot to him. too bad we were full of outfielders in 2000.

Pete Caldera as DB
June 9, 2002
Superb infielder. Truly superb. When he came to the Mets he only played outfield. He made a few diving catches out there, hurting himself on all of them.

Mr. Sparkle
July 12, 2002
When he was first traded to the Mets he talked about retiring because he was sick of being traded so much. Then he went back to the Cards and then onto the Giants. I guess he wasn't too serious about retiring.

I do however remember that he was part of some love fest in the clubhouse talking about how much he loved playing for the Mets and was glad to be part of their pennant chase that year.

Never liked him when he was with the Cubs. I was never afraid of him as a hitter as he was so easy to strike out.

a mets fan
January 26, 2003
Just like in 2000 with the adding of Bordick, in 1999 it was Shawon. I always liked this guy and I was very happy when he went to the World Series with the Giants. One of my friends tells me he does charity work and really played hard. And he had calmed Barry Bonds down in one game vs the Tampa Bay Devil Rays where Rays pitcher Travis Phelps hit Bonds and Bonds started swearing at Phelps.

Gregory Gewirtz
March 29, 2003
When we traded journeyman Craig Paquette for him on the trading deadline in 1999, I thought he was going to play more than OF for us.

However, when Alfonzo missed a few games in a series at San Francisco due to the passing of his uncle, they started Luis Lopez at second instead of Dunston, arguing that Lopez's defense was better. I would have rather had Dunston's bat in the lineup than Lopez's glove. Dunston could still hit during his brief tour with the Mets.

Etch 35
April 1, 2003
I can't really remember any specific things he did to help the Mets. But throughout his career as well as his stint with the Mets, I always thought he was a solid player. He made the transition from star player and starter with the Cubs to pinch-hitter/role player with the Mets and others. He truly was a positive influence on the clubhouse, a versatile player position-wise, an overall class act and a joy to watch. He gave the effort so props to him.

Even though his name is pronounced "Shawn" I always called him "Sha-Waan" for no reason other than that I always come up with stupid nicknames for players.

January 15, 2004
I never got why he wouldn't play shortstop for us. He publicly stated he was not going to play ss-- even if that was the case, the Mets would have been better if he'd never said a word. Why blab to the opposing team that they didn't have to worry about a pinchhitter for Ordonez? I don't understand the policy (it would have killed him to play a few innings if Bobby V. needed him?) and I really don't get the public announcement.

July 5, 2005
Dunston was a player whose magnitude was wasted by the Mets. He was an excellent shortstop throughout his career with a rocket arm, yet he only played one game in the infield with the Mets. All I remember about him is that he was an excellent bench player in the '99 playoffs, that he stole time from Darryl Hamilton in those playoffs, and his injury allowed Jay Payton to enter a game in late September, a crucial time.

November 6, 2005
I will never forget being at Game 5 of the playoff series with Atlanta in 1999, and his epic at bat in the bottom of the 15th to keep the Mets alive.

I felt the Mets were worse off the next year without him, even tho they made it to the WS. He was a really positive clubhouse presence, and added great chemistry.

Choo Choo Delgado
January 11, 2006
Picked up for the stretch run in '99. Had one of the best all time Met at-bats in the '99 playoffs. I can still see him fouling off pitch after pitch, refusing to go down.

scott r
November 21, 2008
I may be overreacting a bit but probably has the second best at bat in Mets history after Mookie's in game 6 of the 1986 WS. I wish we kept him but we did okay in 2000.

Jonathan Stern
February 13, 2012
In addition to his '99 postseason heroics, I remember Shawon Dunston having one of the strongest throwing arms of any infielder I've ever seen. This was back when he was with the Cards. He could have been a great pitcher.

March 3, 2012
I was in high school in Brooklyn at the same time as Dunston. I was on the baseball team at Madison and he went to Jefferson. Here are some things I heard: He hit .800 his senior year. That year teams would walk him intentionally with the bases loaded. By his senior year only one scout came to his games--the scout from the Cubs because it was a sure thing 100% the Cubs were gonna make him the # 1 pick in the nation. That's how good he was.

In 1982 in Dunston's senior year we were supposed to play Jefferson the first game of the year on like March 30 or 31. That day it was freezing and misty and the game was rained out. And it was never made up because it was a non-divison game (back then we were in Division 1 and Jefferson was in Division 3). The whole team was really looking forward to playing that game and I am still disappointed about not having the chance to play against him.

Dunston wound up having a solid major league career and one of the best arms ever from short. When he was a Cub I used to be amazed at how Mark Grace could handle his throws; they were so hard! He seems like a really good guy too.

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