Joe McIlvaine
Joseph McIlvaine

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Director of Scouting 1981 - 1984
  • Assistant Vice President 1985
  • Director of Player Personnel 1985
  • Vice President, Baseball Operations 1986 - 1988

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Jonathan Stern
August 23, 2011
One of the stranger front office characters in the history of one of the strangest MLB teams. As an assistant GM in the 80's, Joe McIlvaine made good deals that helped build the 1986 team and bad deals that helped wreck it. Then, after they bottomed out under Al Harazin, the Mets hired him again, this time as GM. During the next four seasons (1993-96), the Mets floundered under manager Dallas Green. Then, after firing Green, they finally showed signs of life in 1997. So what do the Mets do? They fire McIlvaine! Something about him not being Wilponzi's type of GM, whatever that means (I shudder to think about it). Not long after his dismissal, McIlvaine, a seminarian who once thought about becoming a priest, was arrested for indecent exposure.

July 27, 2017
I met Joe at a minor league ballpark in New Jersey in 1994. He was checking on players of the Mets' Pittsfield affiliate, which had a game there that night. A few fans, one of which was myself, came to him for autographs and he obliged to all of us. After getting his signature, I asked Joe about his baby boy who was born just a few months earlier. His face lit up and he cheerfully said his son was doing very well. I like to think I gave this proud new dad something nice to hear that broke up the dull routine of signing his name for people he didn't even know.

Joe always gave the impression that he was a good, decent person. Hope he's happy, wherever he may be.

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