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John Maine
John Maine
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 370 of 1043 players
John Kevin Maine
Born: May 8, 1981 at Fredericksburg, Va.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.04 Weight: 205

John Maine was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on October 18, 2006, May 5, 2007, April 6, 2011, May 8, 2012, June 6, 2013, March 24, 2015, and March 25, 2015.


First Mets game: May 2, 2006
Last Mets game: May 20, 2010

Son of Kevin Maine

Winner of National League Pitcher of the Month award, April 2007. (New York Mets)

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Malcontent Met
July 21, 2006
Cliff Floyd makes an amazing catch to rob the Houston Astros of a home run. Instead of an ecstatic reaction, Maine’s response is a milquetoast and mute reaction. He just tightly shook his arms up and down. C’mon dude! Floyd saved your butt and that’s all you can muster?

August 6, 2006
When Omar made the Julio-Benson deal he always claimed Maine was a big part of it. I thought he was blowing smoke but this guy seems to have something. He is in the middle of a 23-inning scoreless streak right now, and although I don't think he will ever be a dominating pitcher, I think we might have found a guy who can be a good middle to the back to the rotation guy for a long time.

David Klein
August 23, 2006
Has impressed me a lot. Is not afraid to challenge hitters, and shows major league guts in big spots. John had a nice scoreless streak too.

Jared K
September 8, 2006
If this guy keeps pitching the way he's pitching, Mets fans universally will start to say "Kris who? Benson? Oh yeah, I think I remember him that one year!"

It's a shame he might not even make the playoff roster. Trachsel gets the nod since he's been here since '01, but Trax is and always will be a 4/5 starter with 4/5 quality stuff. Maine can potentially be ace material in a few years.

Mr. Sparkle
September 28, 2006
When we got him in the Benson trade everyone asked, "Who is John Maine?" I later heard he was the player Omar really wanted. The trade has worked out great. I would take Maine over Benson straight up anytime. Hopefully, he'll be in the mix next year for a starter's spot. He deserves it. He dooes need to improve in later innings but he should be able to grow into that. He also deserves to be on the post season roster as I think, with the fragile make up of the rest of the staff, we may need more than one long man in the pen.

October 4, 2006
What a great job in game 1. Just 23 hours after being informed he's starting the series. Not bad for a "throw in " for Benson.

October 5, 2006
Maine reminds me of the pitchers of the early to mid '70s - even the way he carries himself.
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He's not an overly built guy, he's got a self-confident, somewhat quiet demeanor, and he's got good stuff. I'm happy he went 90 innings this season in a part-time starter's role. The Mets should definitely keep him in the rotation for '07, especially if he ends up saving the team's face in the playoffs.

David Klein
December 10, 2006
I think he's gonna use his wonderful game 6 performance as a sprinboard to becoming a very good pitcher in 07.

Won Doney
May 1, 2007
And to think - at the time, I was actually against the deal that sent Kris Benson to Baltimore!

Tom L
July 10, 2007
Should have been named an All Star. He has well exceeded my expectations.

Mr. Sparkle
July 17, 2007
He's been cutting down on his walks since the beginning of June. Even though he lost 3 in a row in June he didn't walk anyone and pitched well to no run support. When he walks guys he loses. If he can continue to keep the walks down he will be a top of the rotation starter for a long time.

July 30, 2007
Every time he pitches he makes the Benson for Maine trade look like Hearn for Cone. It was an absolute travesty that he wasn't voted to the all-star game. Maine already has 12 wins, and has an outside chance at 20.

August 5, 2007
I was at the game when he homered off of Ian Snell. Amazing! The guy has become one of the best pitchers in the majors. Continued good luck Johnny!

August 5, 2007
Future 20 game winner without a doubt best pitcher in NY and there's no doubt in my mind about that.

August 5, 2007
At this stage you not only expect him to win you expect him to dominate. I enjoy watching him pitch more than any pitcher in Baseball.

August 7, 2007
Dominates every team he pitches against except the Cubs. They seem to have his number. Hopefully the Mets don't face the Cubs in the playoffs. They scare me.

Jamey Bumbalo
August 7, 2007
I was impressed by Maine last year and am happy to see how well he's done so far this season. I think he'll only get better with time.

August 7, 2007
I was at the game when Maine hit his first career home run as well, and Shea was going crazy for him! He has been fantastic this year, and since Glavine has hit 300, perhaps Maine will become our ace. He has it in him for sure!

Rory Sparrow
August 8, 2007
He's been amazing but with young pitchers you gotta worry about his innings. In every start he makes he sets a new career high in innings a lot of young pitchers get dead arm in reaching 150 innings for the first time. Hopefully the Mets monitor him closely.

armando looper
August 9, 2007
Hey Johnny: you're the man, but cut it out with the sliders and soft crap. You gave up two bombs today on hangers. Don't ever get beat with your 3rd best pitch. Especially by the Braves!

Jeff Petry
August 10, 2007
Two horrendous starts in a row. I'm officially worried about him.

David K
August 17, 2007
Seems to be going through a little bit of a dead arm period that a lot of young pitcher go through. While Willie probably would like to give him a start off with the Braves, and Phils on their tail he can't. Maine if nothing else showed some moxie vs the Pirates; you hope he gets it together soon because they badly need him.

September 3, 2007
Talk about coming up big after getting swept by the Phils, and with only a 2 game lead Maine steps up tossing a gem against the Braves saving the ship from sinking.

Mr. Drummond
September 3, 2007
Huge huge performance against the Braves while his second half has been shaky he showed again that he can be counted on when the going get tough.

September 3, 2007
That 6th inning that he escaped from could be the turning point of the season, and have the team pointed in the right direction again. Kudos to you Johnny!

Nicole Mondrone
September 3, 2007
I had the pleasure of meeting him a month ago about as nice and down to Earth athlete as I've ever meet. Great start Friday night, and continued good luck.

July 11, 2008
How has nobody mentioned his 1-hitter last year against the Marlins on the second-to-last day of the season, in a game the Mets absolutely HAD to win. It's not his fault Glavine couldn't even get 2 outs the next day: Maine pitched one of the all-time clutch performances in team history, and one of the best pitched games as well.

February 18, 2011
Glad to see John landed on his feet with the Rockies, that should be a good opportunity for him. The thought of him signing with Philadelphia was not something I relished.

I sincerely hope Mets fans never forget his stellar performance against Florida on the next-to-last day of the 2007 season, or his 15 wins that year. Sadly, he got hurt after that and wasn't the same.

Jerry Manuel lost me forever when he publicly humiliated John during his last start as a Met. To yank him the way he did, and then proceed to publicly flog him and belittle him, was mystifying to me. From that point on, Manuel was garbage in my book. Let's be clear -- Maine didn't hurt himself dirt-biking, or playing basketball during the off-season. He hurt his shoulder while performing his job for his employers, who proceeded to treat him like crap afterward and then kick him to the curb. Manuel, and his pitching coach Mr. Warthen, never seemed to grasp that. And if Manuel was upset about an injured pitcher taking the mound on his watch, his issue should have been with Warthen and the bullpen coach, not to mention the trainer. Isn't it their job to monitor the health and availability of the ballplayers?

Good luck John, I hope you do well for Colorado this year. As for you Jerry Manuel, you can take your long, thoughtful, and mostly moronic insights and disappear forever. You showed zero respect to a ballplayer who simply wanted to play. If he wasn't healthy, why'd you OK him to take the mound that last time?

Shickhaus Franks
May 29, 2012
Recently he signed a minor league deal with the Bronx Evil Empire. Hope he doesn't come back to pitch against us and bites the Amazin's in the you know where.

Doctor Worm
April 2, 2013
Congratulations to John for making the Marlins opening day roster!

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