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Kevin Appier
Kevin Appier
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 404 of 1043 players
Robert Kevin Appier
Born: December 6, 1967 at Lancaster, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 200


First Mets game: April 4, 2001
Last Mets game: October 6, 2001

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Won Doney
January 8, 2001
I hope that Appier does so much better than Hampton in the 2001 season. As of right now, I don't like Hampton as a person.

Welcome to NY, Kevin. I hope you have a productive and happy stay here. Sincerely, An optimistic Mets fan

April 18, 2001
i think appier will have a fine year. not hampton- like, maybe (although with coors field the numbers may be similar). he was one of the better pitchers in the AL during the early 90s till he started having arm problems. looks ok so far though. his fastball has a lot of movement and he changes speeds well. one thing thats always amazed me about him is how he gets so many fly balls?? it seems like he throws a lot of sinking fastballs and the like.

May 7, 2001
Last Wednesday I was at Shea to see Appier's best game as a Met. He went 6 2/3 giving up 1 run, 3 hits, 4 BBs and 4 K's. Not dominant, but very good major league performance. Then the bullpen melted down. Turk gave up a bomb to Biggio over the picnic area. He then gave up a bigger bomb to Alou to dead center. Dennis Cook got into the act and gave up a shot to Daryle Ward. Three solo HR's in the 8th to tie the game at 4. Benitez survives a shaky 9th, but gives up back to back solo shots to Lance Berkman and Alou. 6- 4 Astros after FIVE solo HRs in three innings. Mets load the bases with nobody out against Billy Wagner but can only score one run. 6-5 Astros. Wasted performance by Appier. Disgusting.

May 25, 2001
Appier showed me some serious toughness last night. He took a 93 mph fastball from A.J. Burnett to the face. The ball glanced off his hand and hit him in the chin. He stayed in the game, pitched two more innings and didn't allow a baserunner. He hasn't pitched up to his $42 million yet, but at least he showed he could take a shot.

May 25, 2001
True indeed Murph! I dont know if Appier will ever make us all to forget how important Hampton was, but he's gotta get props from me for the Holyfield chin. Hampton was known as a bulldog and had a reputation for being tough. Appier proved he's tough last night and pitched a great game to boot. The Mets are missing toughness and swagger. Next time one of our boys gets nailed, lets bring it back to '86 and clear the bench and the bullpen. Stand up for yourself and make the rest of the league hate us again. Forget the ejections, suspensions and fines, send a message. But anyway, great job APE MAN!!!! Hope theres more to come in the future.

Mr. Sparkle
October 23, 2001
Overall he had a better year than Hampton did in Colorado. Hampton had a slightly better record but Appier had a MUCH better ERA. And Hampton's ERA was worse on the road than home. I like Appier. He's solid and should be good for the next three years.

Mr. Sparkle
December 26, 2001
Appier is a very solid #2 so why in the world would Phillips trade him for a guy no one is sure can still play the game. Mo Vaughn WAS a great player but who knows if he can come close to being that player? Don't weaken your pitching on such a questionable player. Pitching is the most important thing and I can't see trading your #2 pitcher!! Glendon Rusch and Bruce Chen can't pick up the slack! What if Mo Vaughn can't produce like he used to???!!!! Then how do you unload his $15m a year? This could sink the Mets for 3 to 5 years.

January 3, 2002
Appier had a really good 2001 campaign. If the Mets could score runs he could have won 15-17 games easily. However, I don't think he would have posted an ERA like 3.57 again in 2002. He's got a tricky delivery but after a while the National League would begin to pick up the ball better and start hitting him. That's not to say I don't think he would be productive, just not as good as 3.57. I agree, this trade for Vaughn could cause the Amazins a great deal of trouble for the next 3-5 years, but it could also be the cornerstone of a World Series run. I'm sorry, but I'll take the upside potential of Vaughn and Estes as compared to the probability of a declining Appier. If you want to build a contender you have to take some chances and I'm glad Stevie has the nerve to make some bold moves.

Powdered Toastman
January 14, 2002
You know what I hate? I hate the Mets fans who think Appier shouldn't have been dealt for Mo Vaughn. Many of you think this was too big a risk and it was a bad trade. I wonder if you guys will be feeling that way in August when Mo Vaughn is hitting monsterous home runs for our NY Mets and Kevin Appier is 3 and 9 with a 4.20 era for the Angels. I know pitching wins games but there are atleast 50 pitchers in baseball who could take the place of Kevin Appier.

February 21, 2002
He was OK in my book. He took a shot off the face (well, actually , the bat, and THEN his face) but he stayed in the game and he did well. Ape, we'll miss you, dude. good luck in Anaheim.

Gregory Gewirtz
January 28, 2003
Talk about being in the right place at the right time - Appier was the best left on the market after Hampton signed with the Rockies in the 2000-2001 offseason, so Appier's price went skyhigh!

Four years and $42 mil for an aging second or third starter who was more a finesse pitcher than the power pitcher he was years back was a hefty contract, and the Mets were right to unload Appier before the end of his contract hit, even if it was for another risk, in Vaughn.

Mr. Sparkle
April 17, 2003
I hate Mo Vaughn so much it drives me crazy when I hear Mike and the Mad Dog say what a good deal the Appier deal was and how they had to get rid of him, and then in the next breath they say that getting Mo Vaughn was a huge mistake. Not that I love Appier, I don't, but he is at least a serviceable pitcher who was 14-12 last year with a 3.92 ERA in the American League. Keep him in the NL and he's 3.42. Appier, where he is not a great pitcher is at least competent. With a decent offense, which the Mets don't have, he would be a winner. Mo Vaughn on the other hand, is an over the hill fat piece of, well, you know. Appier's ridiculous contract would cost the Mets $22m over the next two years. Mo's is $33m over that same period. Mo is a drain 162 games a year and woefully bad. Appier would be no worse than mediocre 35 days a year. Instead of worrying about a fifth starter this year we could have Appier, and let's face it, at 40 years old, I could probably play a better 1st base than Mo Vaughn and my hunger is for the game and not another cheeseburger.

September 24, 2005
The signing of Appier led to the downfall of the Mets. Signed him for 42M--way too much. Then trade him for Mo Vaughn--another big contract and bust. Prevented Mets from signing useful players.

January 2, 2006
I used to cringe watching him pitch. His delivery looked like any minute his limbs would go flying off him.

November 4, 2008
Forgotten by most Mets fans now. Appier was a very good pitcher in his one season here. It certainly wasn't his fault he was signed to a bigger contract than he deserved.

puddin head
November 12, 2008
Appier and another short-term Met, Alex Ochoa, both won World Series championship rings with the 2002 Angels. Not all moves that lead to championships need to be blockbusters that involve big names.

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