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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 263 of 1043 players
Aaron Shawn Estes
Born: February 18, 1973 at San Bernardino, Cal.
Throws: Left Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 195

Shawn Estes was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 11, 2012, and July 17, 2015.


First Mets game: April 4, 2002
Last Mets game: August 10, 2002

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December 17, 2001
Somebody has got to stop Phillips! He is a madman with trades this winter! Estes is a good pitcher-a solid #3 which is great...if we can keep him. He is signed only through this year. What if he has a decent year and is offered $10 million elsewhere? He's gone. I like Estes stuff-Phillips better sign him now or...the Mets will have traded 2 guys who had a lot to do with the 82 wins they had last year and we have Hampton all over again.

April 5, 2002
Shawn Estes pitched 7 innings and gave up 3 runs in his Mets debut. He would have got a win but the offense didn't produce today. Estes has one of the best curve balls in the league, he just has to throw it consistently over the plate. If he does that he will have a big year for us, and I am rooting for him because he seems like a real nice guy.

April 6, 2002
You hear a lot of people talking about Estes and his "makeup" or whether he can pitch in NY. I always liked him on the Giants, and I don't get it. It seems like he pitches a great 6 innings but then always has that one inning where things fall apart for him and he can't find the strike zone. That's not necessarily "makeup", it could just be mechanics. Hampton had the same problem, he'd start walking the park out of nowhere and nobody ever complained about Hampton's makeup (until he left).

Estes' best pitch is a curveball, so if he's having problems finding the strike zone with the curve he'll have problems. But I agree with the previous post, this guy's got one of the nicest lefthanded slow curves in the league. I'd love to see him win 17-18 games and get some run support, that would be quite a steal, considering they got him for 2 spare parts.

Mr. Sparkle
May 9, 2002
Other than the one hitter which was awesome, he's been very dissapointing. He walks to many guys and is susceptable to the big inning. I expected more out of him. It's still very early but his pitching so far has not been very good. We need this guy to be more consistent if we're going to get anywhere this year.

May 26, 2002
Who would have imagined going into this season that Estes would be the weak link in the rotation, by a longshot. I guess all of the San Francisco Giants fans were 100% correct about Estes and his terrible inconsistency. He has a great curveball that he can't throw for a strike 95% of the time. And my biggest complaint about him is when he misses, he misses by two feet. He never tempts the hitters with balls just off the plate. Instead, the ball is either over the guy's head or bounces 3 feet in front of the plate. I'm not sure he's ever going to put it together, and he surely won't do it in a Mets uniform since it's becoming more and more likely he will be out of Flushing in 2003. The biggest crime of all is he is being paid $2 million more this season than Pedro Astacio.

Mr. Sparkle
June 10, 2002
I thought this was an excellent pick up when they traded two bench players for what I thought was a pretty decent starting pitcher. Mad Dog warned us all that Estes wasn't really that good and he was right. Other than the one hitter Estes has been average to horrible. Today he got killed by walks. That's inexcusable. I only hope he can pull a Dave Mlicki and have his best outting against the Yankees next week.

June 10, 2002
One masterpiece, a shutout against the Milawaukee Brewers! Didn't they lead the league in strikeouts last year? Probably the easiest team to shut out. My favorite Mets starter now that the Ape Man is gone. I just hope Mr. Estes can compile a winning record.

Mr. Sparkle
June 16, 2002
My first reaction was that he missed Clemens on purpose, afraid to really get in the whole Piazza frey. I still have my doubts although he did hit a homer and throw a great game so I'll cut him some slack for missing the sub-human Clemens. Only Estes knows for sure.

June 18, 2002
I wasn't too thrilled when we got Shawn, he only seemed to be good when he pitched against the Mets like most of our aquisitions. As far as the Clemens thing, I think Shawn would have drilled him in his fat rear end if he wasn't pitching as well as he was. If he started the game really shaky and the Mets were down 4-0 like usual when he pitches, Roger would have a nice bruise on his bloated butt. I also think because he felt he had good stuff that day he opted to throw around that big piece of crap rather than drilling him good and getting thrown out of the game in the 3rd inning. I will say hitting the homer and pitching a better than average game endeared him to me for at least this season.

Mr. Sparkle
August 16, 2002
What a dissapointment this guy was. traded today for 4 minor leaguers, he never lived up to expectations. I'm glad he didn't pitch a no-hitter earlier this season, considering his fate. He was on a pace to win 5 games for the season though. And for that he got $6,000,000.

August 20, 2002
Just like Dave Mlicki, his shining moment in a Mets uniform was a shutout of the Yankees. But just like Dave Mlicki, 99% of the rest of his time in a Mets uniform was pathetic. The final straw was his last start against St. Louis where he walked the first three hitters on 14 or so pitches, followed by a monster grand slam to Albert Pujols.

His delivery is horrendously inconsistent. He couldn't spot his fastball in the same spot twice in a row if you put a gun to his head. It looks like it's a mistake when he actually throws a strike. And he has absolutely no control over his best pitch, the curve. I'm glad he's gone.

September 13, 2002
All you Shawn haters need to shut the hell up. First of all, it is not his fault that the Mets scored less than 3 runs in almost every single one of his starts. In his last 5 starts except for that blow-up in St Louis, he allowed atleast 2 runs and his record was 1- 2 with 3 ND. I think he pitched fairly. The team just didn't score any runs for him. And another thing Shawn is not weak. He just has some issues. He is a great pitcher and I can bet you when he signs as a free-agent next year he is going to have a winning record. Most of the former Mets have success after they leave and they kick our asses. This team is cursed. Steve Phillips will regret trading Shawn.

Hans Moleman
September 16, 2002
Since going over to the Reds he has pitched 28 innings, given up 38 hits and 17 walks and has an ERA of 7.71. Hard to believe the Mets saw the best of his efforts for this season.

Larry Burns
September 16, 2002
This feeble minded simp was exactly as advertised. He could not take the pressure of San Fran and we expected him to flourish in NY? He fell far short of our hoped for projections, but I guess that is more our fault than his. Someone said he was not weak....he had issues? That's the type of feel good psychobabble nonsense that has made this country a bunch of losers who whine. He was weak yet had talent. The only problem was he had the mental makeup of Corky from Life Goes On.

October 16, 2002
Memo to Jessica: Wake up. Shawn sucks. After what he did with us and the Reds, he'll be lucky if the damn Devil Rays offer him a contract. He'll go the way of another lefty enigma, the ex-Brave Steve Avery, who flamed out young after flirtation with glory in '91 and '92. Estes will be out of baseball in three years.

Jim Snedeker
May 2, 2003
Baseball is a great game, but one thing I don't like about it is purposefully throwing at a batter. Even pitchers say it makes them afraid. "What if I lose control, and I put the guy into a coma? What if he breaks something and ends his career? What about his family and kids?" Good questions; unfortunately, these genuine, human concerns are answered with an idiotic machismo: "It's all part of the game."

That's why Estes is a hero in my book. Whether or not he missed Clemens on purpose, who knows. But rather than pegging him, he did an even better thing: he hit a home run off him. A truly improbable, magic moment. Instead of lowering himself to Clemens's level, he beat him at his own game. Good had triumphed over the forces of evil.

Mr. Sparkle
May 3, 2003
Currently pitching batting practice for the Cubs. 30 innings pitched and 50 hits allowed. Ouch! 6.53 ERA. Amazingly, he still has 2 wins and is 2-3 on the season. I guess everybody knows he'll never throw at them so they are tee-ing off on him.

May 30, 2003
Just read the latest Cubbies box score and it made my day. Why? Shawn Estes's pitching line: 4.1 IP, 7 hits, 8 runs (all earned, of course), 3 walks and no strikeouts. Not to mention the fact that he's now sporting a tidy 5.71 ERA. Sound familiar, fellow Mets fans? Without a doubt, he was one of the most infuriating pitchers to watch as a Met. Million dollar arm, but a total head case. His 5 wins this year equal his measly sum for all of last year, with two teams. Can't wait 'til the inevitable matchup of Estes, the ultimate Tin Man vs. the other ex-Met stiff of '02, Jeff D'Amico. Wonder how many runs they'd give up combined.

June 23, 2003
How soft is Shawn Estes? Read Dan Castellano's story in June 20's Newark Star-Ledger. Former Met teammate Mark Guthrie said Estes, before facing Roger Clemens, "(was) scared to death about how Roger's going to react if he throws at him." That night they dined at a Manhattan restaurant - with Clemens. "Clemens grabbed Estes by the lapels...and menacingly threatened payback," the Star-Ledger said, adding that Clemens was joking. "I grabbed him and said, 'All right, you weren't in it before, but you're (butt) is in it now,'" Clemens said. "The next time I face you, I'm going to drop you.' (Estes) was like, 'Oh, my God. It wasn't personal.'" No wonder the Mets had a reputation for never protecting their own, with human jelly doughnuts like Estes on their team.

January 8, 2004
Say what you want about their being no room in baseball for intentionally hitting batters. Say what you wish about Estes' "appropriate" retaliation pitch behind Clemens' back. But this man unequivocally failed in his fraternal duty to drill that bully as a show of solidarity for his teammate.

Clemens' nearly severely injuring Piazza was not an isolated incident. Clemens showed little remorse. The Mets and Piazza received little retribution. There should not have been any question about the mode of retaliation.

February 15, 2005
OK, let's face a true fact. Shawn Estes sucked with the Mets like many other players did. It takes too long to write them all. And yes he didn't even reach the 5 win mark but he had one good game. And it was pretty damn good. Against the Evil Rocket and the Evil Empire Shawn pitched a shutout and smacked an upper deck homer. That game will always stand in the 10 greatest Mets games I have ever seen in person.

Jonathan Stern
March 1, 2005
Shawn's Mets legacy can be summed up simply: he missed Roger Clemens' butt.

November 8, 2007
It's been more than 2 1/2 YEARS since someone last posted a comment about this quivering, quaking quintessence of fear? Well, allow me to be the first. He remains an animated plate of jello. Anyone notice he's still kicking (and shivering) around? He pitched some rehab in the minors this year and I'm sure did so with gusto.

Many of the previous posters reference the infamous Clemens behind-the-butt incident from five years ago as an example of his lack of guts. But I have a far more egregious one, anyone recall this doozy? Mets vs. S.F., 2000 playoffs. Estes somehow gets on base but comes up lame into second with a hammy. Instead of falling on the base and laying there until the umpire calls time, he starts hopping and limping around while the ball is still in play! Well naturally, Bordick or Alfonzo or whoever it was tags him out, inning over. And they put the camera in the Giants' dugout and Dusty Baker's reaction was an absolute classic --- he made a "no freakin' way" face and buried it in both his hands! I swore then that Estes would never pitch for Baker again, but I was wrong. He was there in 2001.

As for his time with the Mets, I'm afraid Clemens' butt will be remembered long after Estes' long-ball has been forgotten. Too bad Leiter didn't start that game.

Dan Gurney
November 21, 2007
I always thought this guy just demolished Roger Clemens. Made him shake with fear when Roger the gutless headhunter finally took the plate and then Estes took him downtown. His only moment but what a great moment!

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