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Timo Perez
Timo Perez
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 168 of 1043 players
Timoniel Perez
Born: April 8, 1975 at Bani, Dominican Republic
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 5.09 Weight: 167


First Mets game: September 1, 2000
Last Mets game: September 26, 2003

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I just watched the Mets clinch the wild card for the second year in a row. Timo played a great game and seems like the spark the Mets need on the bases. Let's hope Timo can help the Mets this October! Gotta believe.

Michael Michael Motorcycle
Sometime in September 2000, Steve Phillips said that Timo Perez would turn out to be "this year's Melvin Mora." That seems to be the case. I'm hoping for a little more, though. I'd like to see Timo become next year's Roger Cedeno.

Scott O.
Ever notice that the Mets seem to find a young spark to come in and create energy on a veteran team? Last year I was at Shea during the NLCS chanting MEL-VIN MOR-A... This yeat I will be chanting TI-MO PE-REZ...Not only has he been hitting well and running like a leadoff hitter(something they've needed for a while) but his defense in right field has been great. The running catch he made in the corner to finally get Renteria out was great, but when he ran one catch all the way into the infield and almost caught a runner napping off third, I became a big fan. He is clearly the type of player who won't let a play end if he has the chance to do something. It's refreshing to see a young player who not only wants desperately to win, but has the talent to help make it happen.

Victor Q.
August 13, 2001
Timo will always be remembered for how he sparked the Mets during the 2000 NLDS and NLCS playoff series. Unfortunately, he's had little success since then. He started going downhill when he assumed that Todd Zeile's double was a homer in Game 1 of the World Series.

Timo's 2001 season was even worse. The most famous thing he did was walk around in the clubhouse in his underwear. This apparently annoyed the veterans on the club. It seems that you need to spend a lot of yearsef in the big leagues before it's okay to walk around in your underwear. After, the veterans complained Timo got dressed, and the Mets started a five-game winning streak. Who would have guessed that Timo's underwear was holding the team back?

Won Doney
August 26, 2001
I like Timo. He didn't have such a great 2001, and I was shocked when he was sent down. Now that I think about it, it was a good decision. He has some bad habbits that he needs to fix. These habbits include not getting picked off and swinging at pitches that he needs to jump back to avoid getting hit from.

July 5, 2002
Might be the dumbest player I've ever seen, even dumber than Jay Payton. Last year he swung at a pitch that hit him in the thigh. But I saw the ultimate in stupidity from this moron the other night in Philly. Perez comes up with 2-outs and Astacio on third base. At this point in the game he is 2 for 2 with an RBI, so it's obvious he should be swinging to get another run in. First pitch, he bluffs a bunt. He can't seriously be thinking about bunting with 2 outs and the pitcher on third, can he? Well, 2 pitches later, he bunts one right to the second baseman for the easiest out you'll ever see.

Sheer unadulterated stupidity from Timo. And he'll do it again and again and again.

August 7, 2002
I like Timo, I always have since he came up. He looks good in the outfield. We'll see how he fares against left-handed pitching now that Payton has been traded. I'm sure he'll do fine. I never believed in that lefty/righty garbage too much anyway but he will have to make adjustments. Once he does he'll be fine every day in the outfield.

August 26, 2002
So what he threw his hands up after hitting a big home run.this Team could use the excitement.he Saved us from another loss. Lets hope we can look back at that game as the one that started us winning again.

Gregory Gewirtz
April 1, 2003
He's still young enough to improve, but I don't see what's so great about Timo.

He hits for average, but hasn't learned how to steal bases, has no instincts in the field, and is not a real power threat.

April 9, 2003
Timo hit 8 homers last year. There's more to hitting homers than size. Butch Huskey only hit 13 homers his final year with Mets, John Olerud hit more and he was a toothpick. Timo is young & he will learn. It's obvious he's working on hitting left handed pitching better. If we hold on to him he will be a good solid player, he shows plenty of hustle and willingness to learn. Hopefully we won't trade him for some washed-up fossil living on the memory of his former-glory days.

Bob P
April 10, 2003
Timo may be many things, but he is NOT young. He turned 28 a few days ago. That makes him a few months older than A-Rod, who is now in his 10th season in the majors. Timo's career to this point consists of about 250 major league games, a .279 average, a .317 on base percentage. and 12 stolen bases in 25 attempts.

His decent season last year is more a reflection on how horrendous the Mets' outfield situation has been the last few years.

Since he walks so rarely (about once every 20 at bats) he needs to hit well over .300 to be an offensive asset to the team. Plus it wouldn't hurt to get his stolen base percentage over .500!

I'm not saying Timo is the dregs; he's not a bad guy to have around as a fourth or fifth outfielder. But unless he makes some major strides soon he will continue to be a borderline major leaguer.

April 11, 2003
Well Bob, when you are going on 36 years old like me you consider anyone under the age of 30 young. I still say Timo will be a good solid player if he gets steady playing time. You can't make comparisons to A-Rod, there aren't that many special talents out there like that. I like Timo as a player & I hope he sticks around.

June 14, 2003
I DETEST Timo Perez. The list of Mets I have disliked in my 42 years is very short. But Timo is near the top, and my dislike is intense.

Why? He didn't hustle on that Zeile drive in game 1 of the 2000 World Series. Should have been shipped out during the next spring training for a bag of balls. No hustling in game 1 of the WS vs. the Yankees? This reflected the lack of discipline under the Valentine Phillips regime, which finally ended yesterday (June 12, 2003).

Much as I love the Mets, I hate that they tolerate guys like Timo. They put up with Rey Ordonez and Bobby Bonilla (twice!) for longer than they should have.

I now appreciate Billy Martin in retrospect. He would have taken a swing at Timo when he came back to the dugout that night.

April 1, 2004
This JERK Timo Perez was traded by the Mets to...who cares!


The only rookie in the history of ANY sport to not hustle during Game 1 of his sport's championship AND be kept on the roster of that team for 3.5 years...

What a disgrace it has been that this lazy jerk, who did not hustle in Game 1 of the 2000 World Series, remained on our roster for 3.5 years while we passed on A-Rod and Vladimir G.

Good riddance Timo. You are easily my most despised NY Met ever...actually, the villain in this is Fred Wilpon, who is so clueless that he let you stay for so long...ugggh...what an embarrassment to the franchise.

How long would Timo have lasted in the Bronx? What would Charlie Finley have done after Game 1 of the 2000 WS? Mike Andrews is shaking his head, wherever he is.

Born in 1962
July 13, 2004
Timo started out with promise but killed me during the 2000 World Series. He went dead with a bat in his hands. I guess we held on to this guy for too long. However, in typical Mets luck, he is batting .293 for the Chi Sox (.345 OBP). Oh well....

flushing flash
August 12, 2004
A .345 OBP on a .293 batting average is pretty miserable. I'll take Mike Cameron over Timo any day.

October 14, 2004
Fundmentally he was about as bad as it gets. In rbi spots he looked to bunt, in bunting situations swung away. Never walked, had no power, and was dreadful on the bases even though he had good speed, and was overrated in the outfield. Timo's now hitting .243 for Chicago.

Jonathan Stern
January 17, 2006
Too much too soon. Timo was that "unexpected factor" that every winning team has. But even in victory, he was woefully immature, and early success in the Big Apple may have stunted his career. I wonder if Timo learned anything from his Subway Series Game One rock. He continued to showboat throughout the remainder of his Mets tenure as do too many others around the league to this day. Had baseball ever tolerated so much on-field stupidity before the late-90's?

Perhaps the most telling moment of Perez's Mets career was not the baserunning error but the final out of the 2000 NLCS. Timo was jumping in the air BEFORE he caught the series-ending fly ball. Jubliant though I was that night, I couldn't help but think about how things might have been had he dropped the routine fly ball in mid-celebration. Yet, in retrospect, that curious out was the recent Mets' last hurrah. The Subway Series, marred as it was by poor Mets baserunning, was about as enjoyable as standing on line at a local DMV - at least if you are a Mets fan like me. And little worth remembering has happened since that catch.

Timo did win a ring with the Chicago White Sox this past year, though.

Jared K
May 3, 2006
This guy wouldn't know fundamentals of baseball if they bopped him on the head. For a supposed leadoff guy, never worked the count, couldn't bunt, and struck out looking far too many times. Couldn't steal when he got on base either.

That Game 1 2000 Series incident was inexcusable, and unforgivable. Then there was Underwear-gate, where he thought he was some hotshot veteran in the clubhouse. No redeeming value to this guy whatsoever.

I was pulling for Houston in last year's Series because the thought of Timo and Carl Everett getting a ring made me physically ill. Oh well, you can't always get what you want, like Mick Jagger once said.

Fred McGriff
March 31, 2007
HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN RUNNING IN GAME ONE!!! I have never forgiven him for that mistake. If he scores, it's a totally different series. Thanks, Timo.

February 29, 2008
Aside from his infamous base running in the World Series he should also be remembered for hot dogging around the bases on a home run in Colorado and later saying he did because he thought he was at Shea. At one time when Timo and Roger Cedeno were both on the team, the Mets could boast that they had the two dumbest ball players in the majors on their roster.

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