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Rick White
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 525 of 1043 players
Richard Allen White
Born: December 23, 1968 at Springfield, O.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.04 Weight: 230

Rick White was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on March 18, 2007, and November 20, 2015.


First Mets game: July 29, 2000
Last Mets game: October 1, 2001

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Mr. Sparkle
May 19, 2001
He's been pretty hot and cold. I guess you can't expect that much from a long man/ set up man like him but he's been pretty lousy the last couple of times out. Put today's game out of reach.

May 29, 2001
Inconsistency, thy name is Rick White. At times last year he was unhittable. He was following up 92 mph fastballs with big breaking curves. Seeing him on the mound this year makes me want to take a turn at bat to get a hit. He's leaving the ball right in the middle of the plate. I still don't think he's healthy.

October 13, 2001
Is it me, or has anybody else noticed that Rick White seems to give up all of his hits with 2 strikes on the batter? It looks like he makes his best pitches for strikes 1 and 2, then saves his worst pitches on strike 2. Just when you think White has a guy put away, he gives up a hit.

He also seems to give up a lot of 2 out rallies.

February 5, 2002
Looked (probably still does) like a bouncer at a biker bar. I never figured out why management thought he was as valuable as they claimed. A friend of mine liked to say "nobody can get the other team to start a rally like Rick White" Remembering Doug Sisk of course--as well as some others--keeps White far enough away from the title of "worst Met reliever ever", but he certainly didn't do THAT much to make me forget Jerry DiPoto or Doug Henry.

Mr. Sparkle
October 14, 2002
I'm watching the Cards and Giants game 5 and it's tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 8th. Rick White is the pitcher for the Cards. Since I'm rooting for the Giants since I hate the Cards from the 80's, and since I'd like to see Mad Dog rub it in Francessa's face, I'm thinking, if this were the Mets in this spot, and White were pitching, I'd be pretty nervous. So White gets the first two guys out and I'm thinking, oh well the loser may get out of it after all without choking as he did so many times for the Mets. Then Bonds comes up and Larussa orders the spineless bases empty walk. Get some nads Tony! Next up is Benito Santiago. White has 2 strikes on him and then grooves a fastball that Benito deposits into the seats in left center. Nice going Rick! He choked afterall, just as I had anticipated.

October 15, 2002
Nice too see that Rick didn't go on to become an enormous superstar like so many of the guys we had and then traded Like Nolan Ryan, Jeff Reardon, Neil Allen, Amos Otis etc. I often think the Mets are a team in an episode of the Twilight Zone, there was one episode where a bum finds a pair of shoes, after he puts them on he relives the life of the previous owner. All of these guys ended up with the bum's shoes, not that I wish Rick any ill will, but I'm glad he packed his shoes and took them with him to St. Louis. Now I wish someone would grab a pair of shoes that the Braves and Yankees have been wearing for the last decade!

January 31, 2003
A 7/8-scale David Wells! I remember Rick most in the great 13-inning playoff game against the Giants in 2000. White was constantly in hot water during the two innings he pitched, but somehow he emerged without allowing any runs. Then he got the W thanks to Benny Agbayani's homer.

Joe Figliola
February 13, 2003
Servicable pitcher; not a star or anything, but I thought he did a good job with the Mets. He and Mike Bordick sure did make a splash in their first game against the Cardinals in July, 2000! White got the win and Bordick hit a homer in his first Mets at-bat (albeit it was one of the cheapest!).

Rick's true moment of glory, however, came during Photo Day 2001. As he was having his pitcher taken, someone asked for his autograph. He firmly replied, "Can't. Not allowed." Don't mess with Rick.

February 20, 2003
Pretty good reliever most days, and a huge contributor in 2000. When the Rockies came to town in 2002, White was a guest on the radio pre-game show and gave a great interview, deadpanning everything to couch his anger and disappointment at having been non-tendered by the Mets. Asked about how he felt when the Mets signed David Weathers, he said "Hey Steve Phillips! I'd have done it for less!" How will you pitch to the Mets, Rick? "Oh, lotta high fastballs, see if I can't knock a few of 'em down." He had Ed Coleman going for a moment.

He wasn't the best player out there but at least some of 2002's disappointments can probably be connected in some way to letting go of the guys like White, Agbayani, Harris, Shinjo, etc. who always seemed to give their best and loved being Mets.

Frank Grimes
February 28, 2003
Rick White sucked! He may have had a few 1-2-3 innings but I think he had a few more bad innings where he gave up 1-2 or 3 runs.

Jonathan Stern
February 24, 2006
He looked a lot like David Wells. While no Wells, he contributed nicely to the air-tight 2000 bullpen and not-so-nicely to the leaky 2001 pen.

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