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Grant Roberts
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 322 of 1043 players
Grant William Roberts
Born: September 13, 1977 at El Cajon, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 200

Grant Roberts was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on April 22, 2005, December 5, 2010, December 6, 2010, and September 13, 2011.


First Mets game: July 27, 2000
Last Mets game: April 18, 2004

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Won Doney
January 12, 2001
He was awful when he made that start against Montreal (even though we won that game). (Wasn't it the 1st game of a doubleheader?) Anyways, he was pretty good in his 3 other appearances. I don't remember him giving up a run, but if he did, he only gave up one or two.

Is he the guy who has #36 or is that Mann or Riggan? Who ever that is should give it up. That number should be retired (Kooz). Hopefully, it was Mann, who isn't in the Mets organization anymore.

March 17, 2001
Starting to feel like David West and Bill Pulsipher all over again. All hype, no substance.

Happy Recap
May 7, 2001
I just heard that Grant Roberts has been switched to long relief at Norfolk. He's a prospect whose star is fading rather swiftly. It's not a good sign when your top pitching prospect is being groomed to be the next Pat Mahomes.

May 9, 2001
When you are 1-3 with an ERA of almost 8 at AAA, your days of being a prized prospect are over. Used to be mentioned in every possible trade, including the Gary Sheffield rumor. Not anymore. He does have a reputation of not being a hard worker and also has trouble keeping his composure. Not exactly ace material. Let's hope Pat Strange is better than this.

June 27, 2001
whats going on here?? the Mets call up grant roberts and he comes into a game and gives up ONE HIT in 3 1/3 innings of relief?? how is this possible? last I heard he was in the AAA bullpen (and doghouse due to his work ethic) with an era of 7.5 or so. did anybody see this game and have any reaction to this performance? I missed the game. I mean, I know this is one game and the cubs arent exactly the 27 yankees, but in a season that went down the tubes weeks ago, maybe we have something to look forward to? eh, never mind, hell probably be on the next train to norfolk to bring up riggan for the 20th time.

June 29, 2001
Well since then he has had an ERA of about 1. I remember his last game pitched in 2000, the last day of the Regular Season and he shut out the Expos for like 4 1/3 innings in Relief after getting bombed in his First start!

June 29, 2001
I spent my time busting on Roberts earlier, so now I'll give him his due (unless he reverts back, of course). Roberts threw a curveball to Sosa that just made Sosa's knees buckle. It was truly nasty. Piazza called his stuff "electric." If he keeps it up, he'll actually contribute up here. Let's see. I'm still skeptical.

Mr. Sparkle
June 29, 2001
I was there for his forgetable major league debut. It was pathetic. Good game though as the Mets came from way back to win the game. Grant is in a long line of Mets highly touted pitching prospects that never panned out. It's too early to call him a bust but I really don't expect too much. Does anyone know the last solid pitcher that came through the Mets system? Generation K ended up sucking, Dotel hasn't done squat in Houston, every pitcher on the Mets current staff has come from another organization. AJ Burnett is probably the best they've drafted in years and he's on the Marlins. The Mets have a history of good pitching but who was the last guy to come through their system to make a difference for them? Bobby Jones?

December 31, 2001
Grant is a great pitcher and a truly wonderful person. I hope the team does the right thing this year and let's him have his shot at 10 starts... after that if he hasn't proven himself put him back in the pen. This guy is good. Congrats on what the past four seasons has given you. ALU

Frank Grimes
September 21, 2002
I like Grant Roberts a lot and I think he'll be very good. We need him. So he smoked a bong in 1998, who hasn't? I'll bet 50% of major leaguers smoke the weed. So the Mets are an easy target. It's not like they were doing coke. Grant has shown good poise and has made some good pitches in tough spots to keep the Mets in some close games. I don't think players should be doing drugs but let's face it, a little ganja won't hurt anyone. Grant's OK in my book and to hell with all the smnkes in the media trying to make a story out of nothing. Grant, pass that bong!

Larry Burns
September 24, 2002
Is there anyone on this team who will make me not want to hide the fact that I am a Met fan? First we got "Captain Toke" Tony Tarasco giving pitchers ganga so powerful it causes seizures, now I have Grant Roberts on the the sports section of Newsday with his mouth shoved into a bong! Jesus how dumb do we get? If you are gonna smoke (and I am sure plenty of major leaguers do) don't have your photo taken when you are dragging off a pipe! Bobby Valentine states that he has seen signs but nothing definitive----ask this Rhodes Scholar if the photo of Roberts is definitive enough to do SOMETHING. This season has been a nightmare and seems to be getting no better----2003 has got to be better than this or else I am gonna go root for the NY Liberty!

Feat Fan
October 4, 2002
Smoke 'em if you got 'em! Who among us 40+ native Brooklynites hasn't struck a blow for freedom! That picture was snapped in December, he's off duty as far as I'm concerned. However, as a recovering alchoholic, I am concerned that baseball has diminished into a sea of overpaid, out of touch and greedy men who probably (for the most part) couldn't hold down a full-time job or deal with a 25k salary as many of us out there have to!

November 12, 2002
I have been a Mets fan for quite a while, and have been fortunate enough to be able to meet and become friends with several members of the team and staff. I have to say that Grant is one of my favorite people in the whole world. He is bright, he is funny, and he is a truly gifted pitcher. Despite his past, I really feel that he is a wonderful guy and that his career is going places. I cant say enough about this sweet guy. Chin up, babe.. its all good.

January 16, 2003
I had the pleasure of spending time with Grant this past summer and while I won't go into detail, I count it as one of the most pleasurable encounters I've ever had. He has an incredible sense of humor and playfulness, is very intelligent and extremely sweet. He has the potential to become one of the best relievers in the league..a shooting star. Let's hope the extortion incident doesn't cause him to mistrust his fan base, that would truly be an injustice!

May 10, 2004
Looks like the Roberts era is over with the Mets. Mets never knew how to handle this kid. He is a starter. Not a relief pitcher. This caused him to hurt his arm. You know he was crushed by not being named a starter this year, although he deserved it. His number this year reflect that his spirit was crushed. Leaving the Mets is the best thing for him. He will go on and be successful elsewhere just like other young Mets that were dumped.

Mr. Sparkle
May 22, 2004
I am shocked he is gone. How do you go from front runner for the 5th starter in spring training to outright released in 2 months? I thought he had closer potential and now he's history without a good explaination. I hear he may have another injury but the Mets couldn't designate him for assignment if that is the case. So what's the deal? More bongs on Broadway?

May 22, 2004
Grant went through a lot of 'interesting' things while with the Mets. Some seem to have been self imposed. I think sitting a guy for two weeks and not doing anything with him is just sad and wrong. I can not believe he cleared waivers, that was shocking. He has a good heart and just needs to remember that. I hope he is allowed to get that operation if he needs it, and I hope he sticks up for his right to get it. Where ever he winds up down the road he will be fine, those who know him will have to agree that Grant is never down for long.

Jonathan Stern
May 18, 2005
It was announced recently that Grant was among the nine MLB players who failed the steroids test in spring training. He is out of baseball now, and should he be able to resign with another team, he will be coming in with a significant suspension.

One of the challenges of being a major leaguer is staying out of trouble. Between the bong business, the uneven pitching performances with the Mets, and now this, it's clear that Roberts did not make it over the line through which all major leaguers must pass if they want to enjoy successful careers. I'm not sure how sad a story Grant's really is, but he has more than a bit of my sympathy all the same.

October 13, 2005
I liked him. He was cocky, which is good. He smoked, he drank, he liked messing around. You can keep your "professional" ballplayers who conduct themselves like corporate suits. I wish Grant was still pitching for us, striking out hitters and hitting home runs with chicks.

October 19, 2007
I managed a Colt League All-star team that played against Grant Roberts when he was 16. He was a phenomenal pitcher at 16, 90 plus miles per hour. But he was a spineless wimp when it came to playing the game. He threw at our pitcher's head every at bat. They DH'd for him so we could not retaliate. As soon as the game was over he was out the gates and in his car and gone before anyone could look for him. They went on to win the Colt World Series. It was a sad case of superstar talent, but an ego problem. When I read his current situation it makes sense. What comes around goes around.

March 18, 2008
Grant Roberts is so far the only Mets ballplayer active or retired that I know of that cussed out three of my friends on three totally seperate occassions.

First time was 2001. My friend's younger brother says "I'm going to try for some autographs" when we're watching BP. Now, this kid is quite young. He's maybe 9 or 10 at the time. So, he goes down with his brother as I watch the regulars take BP. So they come back and the kid looks ready to cry. "I asked him if he'd sign my baseball and he told me 'f--- off, loser!'" The silver lining was that he wound up with John Franco's autograph, so he didn't leave empty- handed.

Time number 2 was in 2002. A different friend is waiting by the parking lot and has gotten three autographs on his glove, though I don't exactly know of who (except I know one was Todd Zeile). Well, he asks Roberts to sign his glove and Roberts tells him to f--- himself.

Time number three was just before he was released. I think 2005. Yet another friend approaches Roberts with his baseball card and asks him to sign it. Roberts not only told him to f--- off, but also shouted it at him at the top of his lungs. Not exactly what I'd call a class act...

May 23, 2008
I know Grant "Goosey" and he is one of my best friends. If you guys really knew what went on behind the closed doors you would really feel sorry for these guys. I know that they make great money but the teams treat them like they are just a piece of meat. there was times when Grant was so doped up with the pain meds that the doctors had given him -- manager's orders -- that he was killing his liver. I think that he should write a book to tell exactly what he went through with the Mets, from laying on the table about to have surgery on his shoulder and the Mets calling off the surgery even after he was doped up and then shipped his ass off and made him pitch two days later despite three doctors saying he needed surgery. This is happening to a lot of the guys in the MLB!

Ari Baumer
September 2, 2008
I had high (no pun intended) hopes for him, I kept reading about him in the Mets newsletter, and he was primed to be a top 3 pitcher in our rotation for the next 10 years. Then he threw it all away for the bong.

Maybe he wasn't that good to begin with, like a lot of prospects 'created' by the Mets hype machine, but I still think the drugs did him in.

September 16, 2008
J, let me see if I understand this correctly. Grant Roberts is a great guy but he was supposedly used by a MLB team. This "great" guy also tells off three different kids on different occasions asking for autograhs. On top of that he was caught using drugs. Grant Roberts was great alright, a great a$$. It's a shame that he gets a footnote in the annals of the game. Fortunately his career was short.

December 6, 2012
Grant was the pitching coach for Wallace Community College (Alabama) in 2012. The head coach is Mackey Sasser.

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