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Bruce Chen
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 386 of 1043 players
Bruce Kastulo Chen
Born: June 19, 1977 at Panama City, Panama
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.02 Weight: 210

Bruce Chen was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on May 31, 2017, and November 10, 2017.


First Mets game: August 1, 2001
Last Mets game: April 4, 2002

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August 2, 2001
just watched chens debut with the Mets. He pitched a great game but didn't get the win. I hope their is more great games from him to come.

Mr. Sparkle
August 6, 2001
I remember when he first came up with the Braves and was pitching against the Mets. I'm not sure but it may have been his first start ever. He was highly touted as being able to fit in right along with the other Brave pitchers. I remember the Mets pounded him and I was not impressed at all. He was only 20 or 21 at the time but it doesn't look like he's set the world on fire since. He's no Rick Reed.

August 6, 2001
I always liked Chen when he was a Brave. Hes just a nice guy you know hes even one of John Rocker's best friends LOL its true. I'm happy hes a Met and hope he does good.

Mr. Sparkle
August 7, 2001
I just got back from tonight's game. Chen's first at Shea. He was awesome. 7 innings 2 hits no runs. For 3 and 2/3 he hadn't given up a hit and I thought, could he be the first? If someone's going to pitch a no hitter for the Mets you gotta hope it's a long time Met. The way Chen pitched tonight he may be around awhile. He may even make you forget Rick Reed. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself but he definitely looked good.

Also, he was a Met fan as a kid.

Won Doney
August 8, 2001
I always did like Rick Reed, but Chen has been amazing with the Mets so far. Unfortunately, Reed hasn't been so great with the Twins.

August 27, 2001
I was at Shea to see Chen face San Francisco on August 24th. He couldn't locate his fastball at all. Two walks, a seeing-eye single and a sac fly in the first. It looked like it was going to be a long night.

But then Chen impressed the hell out of me. Even without his good fastball, he started getting Giants hitters out with his curve and changeup. To me, the most impressive pitching performances are those where the guy guts it through without his good stuff. Chen didn't have his good stuff, but he kept a good hitting Giants team completely off-balance. I loved it. Maybe the kid is learning how to pitch, not just throw.

October 20, 2001
August of 2001 he signed my Phillie Phantaic stuffed animal.LOL and he made the funniest face and asked me what it was he was signing LOL.He made me laugh.So he scored points with me.

April 8, 2002
Walking by a side entrance to Turner Field this past Friday afternoon, before seeing the game, I saw Bruce Chen emerge from the stadium with his equipment bag. Very excited to encounter one of the Mets up close and personal, I said, "Bruce! Good to see you! Go get 'em!". A few minutes later I started to wonder, Why was he leaving the stadium more than two hours before game time? When I found out he'd just been traded, I thought, "just my luck! I meet a Met but he's not a Met anymore! Not only that but they're shipping him to Montreal!". Well, I hope he has good luck there. I think the kid's got a lot of talent waiting to bust out.

April 23, 2002
Bruce Chen continues his tour of the NL East. Following his pattern, Chen is sure to be traded to the Marlins at the trading deadline.

June 17, 2002
Bruce Chen had his tour of the NL East interrupted. He's now with the Reds.

How many times can a player be traded before his 28th birthday?

Mr. Sparkle
April 18, 2003
I just read my comments from 2001. I must have been drunk. Bruce is employed because there are 30 teams in baseball. He may pitch well ocasionally but he's certainly not someone you can rely on. Currently on his 6th team over the past 4 years. At this pace he could do all 30 before he retires.

Mr. Sparkle
June 2, 2003
Just dropped by the Red Sox, his 7th team. He won't be 26 for another 2 weeks but he has played for 7 major league teams. I hope he goes to Florida to round out the NL East before moving onto the NL Central where he has already played for the Reds and Astros.

Frank Grimes
June 28, 2004
Currently 2-2 with 4.13 ERA with the Ottawa Lynx, the Orioles AAA team.

Mr. Sparkle
September 15, 2004
Just threw his first complete game shut out the other night for the Orioles, his 8th team. At age 27, he should easily play for a dozen teams or more before it's all over. I'm rooting for him to surface somewhere else next year. I'd love to see him hit a dozen. This guy's career fascinates me. Go Bruce!

Big E
August 5, 2005
Eight Major League teams by his 27th birthday. That must be some kind of record.

Rob R
June 7, 2007
Nine teams and counting! Was going to be a phenom for Atlanta early in his career, but wasn't.

October 20, 2007
He had the killer instinct of Mr. Rogers.

October 29, 2010
It's astounding that Bruce Chen could have had such a respectable season this year: 12-7, ERA not much over 4, for the Royals no less. I saw a good piece on that went into much more detail about how unexpected this was.

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