Gary Matthews
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Gary Matthews
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 518 of 1043 players
Gary Nathaniel Matthews
Born: August 25, 1974 at San Francisco, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.03 Weight: 200

Gary Matthews was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on January 22, 2010, January 25, 2010, December 30, 2014, and March 20, 2015.


First Mets game: April 1, 2002
Last Mets game: June 2, 2010

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Joe Figliola
April 4, 2002
Talk about easy come, easy go. When the Mets picked him up, I thought it was a wise move in terms of bolstering the bench. I looked upon him as a great defensiveoutfielder with (despite a low average) some pop. Now he's an ex-Met.

On the bright side, he did play in more games than Kenny Greer.

Won Doney
April 5, 2002
His tenure with the Mets was short. He played in about every game in spring training, so I thought that meant they were going to hold on to him.

May 24, 2002
The Mets played him every day in spring training because they were hoping and praying he would give them a reason to stick on the roster. I swear Bobby Valentine wanted Matthews to tear it up and take over the starting centerfield spot over Payton. Unfortunately, Matthews was terrible all spring and Timo started the season by hitting the hell out of the ball at AAA. So it was adios Matthews. At least he didn't cost the Mets a player to get him.

Chris from Chelsea
October 5, 2002
The Mets trade him to the Orioles. He had a better year than any of the Mets outfielders. Not that having a better year than the Mets outfielders is difficult.

Gregory Gewirtz
April 1, 2003
He had all the tools, but needed regular playing time so he could put it all together, which he never would have gotten in New York, with Cedeno, Payton, and Burnitz in front of him, and Timo Perez pushing him from underneath.

The Mets held onto him for only a few days into the regular season, just long enough for someone to come up with an acceptable offer for him. The Orioles gave us journeyman lefty reliever John Bale for Matthews, who pitched for Norfolk. Matthews went on to garner significant playing time with the O's, and as has been already cited, had a pretty decent year for them.

September 8, 2006
Gary had 17 homers last year for Texas and has emerged even more this year, hitting over .300 and making what many view as the catch of the year in center field, soaring and twisting over the fence to pull back a certain homer.

The Mets got pitcher John Bale from the O's in trade. Bale never pitched an inning in New York before he was released.

Jamey Bumbalo
November 24, 2006
Yes, he had a very good year with the Rangers in 2006. But, prior to this season his top batting average was .275, and he's been with seven teams in eight years. There's got to be some significance to that, and maybe it's just his name.

Mr. Sparkle
December 10, 2006
WOW. He was a 4th outfielder until he went to Texas and had 2 mediocre years followed by one very good year. Still, his power is only moderate as he topped out at 19 dingers. But at the age of 31 to cash in for 5 years at $50,000,000 in unbeleivable. The Rangers are clearly a poorly run organization. Maybe Gary has finally come into his own but who else was going to offer him this kind of a deal for a guy who basically had one good year? It's MADNESS!!!

John Molnar
December 20, 2006
Got to watch Gary in Las Vegas playing AAA; what an exciting player he was. I really thought he would just tear it up in the bigs. Anyway I saw him at spring training when he was with the Cubs and mentioned Vegas as he was walking by. He stopped to sign for my son (after passing by everyone else who asked) talked a while and posed for pictures with my son also; it made his day! Hope he continues doing well because he definetly has the talent.

January 24, 2010
Sooooo...looks like Sarge Jr. is coming back home.

This acquisition reminds me of old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons where Bullwinkle wants to pull the rabbit out of his hat and Rocky is "AGAIN? That trick never works!"

"This time for sure!!!"

And of course it doesn't. So I guess neither the Mets nor Bullwinkle J. Moose learn.

Reyes' Legs
January 24, 2010
Welcome back Gary!! I remember when you were in Spring Training back in 2002 and Bobby Valentine came on the radio saying you would be getting playing time on the major league roster that year. You looked terrific in the field and at bat. Two days later, much to my amazement and disappointment, it was adios. Don't know why you were traded but welcome back once again and I hope you have fun here in NY!!

Michael Marino
May 12, 2010
Jr. is no Sr.

September 27, 2010
Strike two...

By all accounts a nice guy, but let's hope he doesn't return for a third go round!

Gets by Buckner
February 3, 2011
He went from being the 2010 Opening Day Center Fielder to getting released. Second time around for Gary was not so great!

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