Matt Lawton
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Matt Lawton
Matt Lawton
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 535 of 1043 players
Matthew Lawton
Born: November 30, 1971 at Gulfport, Miss.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 5.10 Weight: 186

Matt Lawton was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 15, 2016.


First Mets game: July 31, 2001
Last Mets game: October 3, 2001

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Won Doney
August 1, 2001
I don't know how this trade will work out. I hope Matt Lawton does well in New York. He did get a hit in his first at bat for the Mets.

Mr. Sparkle
August 5, 2001
Hit his first dinger today off of Schilling. Not bad. I still wouldn't have given up a top pitcher for the guy but he will definitely help in this outfield. He's a pro. We still need a thumper out there. Hopefully Phillips will get one in the off season.

August 24, 2001
Stupid trade for the Mets, we gave up reed for this schmuck!

Joe Figliola
September 7, 2001
Like everyone else, I didn't like seeing the team trade a dependable starter like Rick Reed. But this is baseball; you sometimes have to make sacrifices in order to improve the team's fortunes.

Matt Lawton is going to be an important part of the Mets' future. So I say to everyone who whined about this deal: LIVE WITH IT!

Mr. Sparkle
October 25, 2001
He didn't exactly set the world on fire when he came over here. Hard to believe he is a player Phillips had coveted for years. I'd rather see Roger Cedeno out there. He was exciting when he was here and had a pretty decent year with the Tigers. Either way, neither of these guys is a game breaker. If he's still here in April, I hope he lives up to his promise although his turf stats are much better than on grass.

November 29, 2001
I may be in the minority, but I'd much rather have Matt Lawton on the Mets than Roger Cedeno. Sure, Cedeno has the stolen bases advantage. But Lawton has huge advantages in power and on base percentage. Lawton was the best hitter I saw on the Mets last year at recognizing the breaking ball out of the hand of the pitcher. I could see why he gets so many walks. If he could only teach that ability to Jay Payton, who couldn't recognize the slider if you told him it was coming.

If the Mets make that proposed Rusch-Lawton trade for Jeromy Burnitz, I will officially proclaim Steve Phillips a complete tool. That is one of the worst proposed trades I've heard in years.

December 11, 2001
Just hearing about Lawton/Escobar/Riggan trade for Alomar. On surface it is good for Mets. Alomar brings high avg, high OBA, scores runs, steals bases and is an All-Star. The downside is...Escobar and Riggan become good players. Remember Cedeno and Dotel? Hopefully Alomar will come to the Mets and continue to produce and not sulk. Also, how long have we got him for? Is this another Hampton deal? I won't miss Lawton becuase he did very little in his time with NY and he is more of an AL player anyway.

December 11, 2001
I said trading Lawton for Burnitz would have made Steve Phillips a tool. Well, trading him for Roberto Alomar looks very wise, indeed. A pleasant surprise for my Tuesday morning. Good luck in Cleveland, Matt. You said the Mets weren't your first choice, so leave town immediately.

May 14, 2002
Why did we get rid of this guy? he is going to be a pretty good ballplayer.. oh yeah, wait, I forgot, we're talkin about the Mets here....Good prospects, dumb trades.. You Gotta Believe!

Joe Figliola
July 12, 2002
What drugs was I doing when I said that Matt Lawton was going to be an important part of the Mets' future?

Actually, I thought he was going to bring consistent hitting and speed to the team. He brought the speed, but unless you get on, you can't move on (to the next base, that is).

As evidenced by his play in Cleveland, Matt Lawton is in decline. Too bad.

Andra Moore
September 2, 2002
Matt is a solid player and a tough competitor. I hope you continue to do well with Clevland Matt you deserve it. And I am not just saying that because you are my cousin! Take care and drop me a line just in case you read this.

Gregory Gewirtz
April 1, 2003
The trade seemed fair at a time. We were relieved of Reed's large contract and gained a decent outfielder still in his prime.

However, the opportunity to trade him in for someone who was ostensibly an All Star in Robbie Alomar also made sense at the time.

Lawton only played two months at Shea, and I can't make a fair assessment of a player based on two months.

Frank Grimes
April 29, 2003
He has done squat for Cleveland. Hit .236 last year and is currently hitting only .154. Could you imagine him with the Mets now?

Jonathan Stern
March 18, 2005
Lawton seemed like a nice guy. In his first interview he ran down a list of all the things he was going to do for the Mets. Things like steal bases, play good outfield, hit some homers, etc. It all sounded perfectly reasonable to me, but then he failed to do any of the above. And to get him, we gave up a bulldog pitcher who loved New York and who New York loved in return. As part of a firesale inspired by Franco and/or Leiter, methinks.

The good news was that we were able to trade Matt Lawton for Robbie Alomar. The bad news was that we were able to trade Matt Lawton for Robbie Alomar. Met country has been a baseball disaster area ever since Timo's Game 1, 2000 World Series rock.

Jonathan Stern
November 6, 2005
BUSTED. The other day, Lawton tested positive for steroids and received a ten-day suspension. Of course, given the way he's played the last few years, Lawton is proof that steroids do not necessarily boost your numbers. Not that the MLB crackdown shouldn't continue, though.

November 28, 2014
Lawton wasn't as bad as people make him out to be. He got some hits in a clutch and started rallies. Not often, but mainly when it counted. He was speedy but held back from doing his thing by management. Betcha he'll make a comeback with the LI Ducks.

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