Where are they now? Former Mets & Yankees
Ever wonder where guys like Shane Spencer and Benny Agbayani ended up after leaving New York? Take a look.
Orosco was a two-time All-Star during his eight seasons with the Mets as a reliever. He was on the mound for the final out of the 1986 World Series. Following his time with the Mets he played with eight other teams including a stint with the Yankees. He retired at 47years old and holds the major-league recored for most games pitched with 1,252.
He was eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2009, but he only received 0.2% of the vote. Orosco's son, Jesse Orosco Jr., was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2008. He is currently pitching for the Lake Erie Crushers, a team in an independent league in Ohio.
Magadan’s career began with the Mets in 1986 and never materialized into anything great as we was stuck being Keith Hernandez's understudy at first base. Magadan retired in 2001, playing his final three seasons with the Padres. After his playing career ended, Magadan stayed in the Padres organization as a minor-league hitting coach. He has been the Red Sox's hitting coach since 2007.
Kevin Maas burst upon the scene with the Yankees belting 43 homers from 1990-91. Unfortunately, his average always hovered in the low .200s and his career was over in a flash.
Maas currently works as a finical consultant for Charles Schwab in California. He frequently attends Old Timer’s Day.
Roger McDowell was a force for the Mets in the mid to late 1980s. He won 14 games during the 1986 championship season before he was traded to the Phillies. McDowell retired in 1996 after playing with the Orioles.
In 2002, McDowell was named as the righthanded reliever for the 40th anniversary of the All-Amazin’ Team. From 2002-2004, he was a pitching coach in the Dodgers’ minor league system. McDowell was named the pitching coach for the Braves at the start of the 2006 season and remains in that position under Bobby Cox.
Dallas Green was the manager of the Mets from 1993-1996, right before the Bobby Valentine era. That was Green’s last job in baseball. In 1998 he joined the Phillies as special adviser to the general manager. In 2006, he was enshrined on the Phillies Wall of Fame for pitching six season with the Phillies and his countless years of work behind the scenes.
Stump Merrill replaced Bucky Dent as Yankees manager in 1990 and managed the entire 1991 season.
After his time in the dugout, he returned to his roots and managed in the Yankee minor league system. In 2005, he was named special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman.
Pagliarulo debuted with the Yankees in 1984 and played 11 seasons in the majors. He mostly played third base for the Yankees and his best season came in 1987, when he smacked 32 home runs. His last year was 1995, retiring after playing with the Texas Rangers.
As of 2008, Pagluarulo was building a baseball consulting firm known as The Baseline Group.
Fans remember this former Yankee for what has become known as “Steve Sax Syndrome.” The second baseman had dificulty making routine throws to first base. The five-time All-Star played with the Yankees from 1989-1991.
Following his playing days, Sax worked as a baseball analyst on television for Fox and ESPN. Sax has made appearances on “Who’s The Boss” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” He’s currently a financial consultant/wealth manager according to his website.
Kelly was an All-Star with the Yankees in 1992 before he was traded to the Reds for Paul O’Neill. That trade is still considered one of the best in Yankee history.
Kelly went on to have a nice career before he rejoined the Yankees in 2000. In late 2007, Kelly was hired as a first-base coach for the San Francisco Giants.
Gilkey was traded by the Cardinals to the Mets in early 1996 and hit 30 homers that year. His breakout moment came the following year when he had a cameo in “Men in Black” starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
Even though Gilkey retired in 2001 following a stint with the Braves, he still receives a pay check. The Arizona Diamondbacks will pay for former outfielder until 2017 because they deferred his contract. It’s still not as bad as the deferred contract of Bobby Bonilla, who will receive payments from the Mets until 2035.
Butch Huskey debuted with the Mets in 1993 and remained with the club until 1998. His best season was 1997, when he hit 24 home runs and drove in 81 runs. His career plummeted after the 1999 season with Seattle. In 2006, he took part in the Mets’ fantasy camp in Florida.
Stanley played with the Yankees from 1992-1995 and rejoined them in 1997. Stanley has remained out of baseball, but returned at Old-Timers' Day in 2008.
Hundley was a power-hitting catcher for the Mets from 1990-1998. In 1996, he set the team's single-season record for home runs by a catcher with 41. Hundley retired with the Dodgers after the 2003 season.
In December 2007, he was named in the Mitchell Report for using PED’s. According to the report, Hundley received steroids from former clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski.
Hayes will forever be remembered in Yankees' lore for making the final putout of the 1996 World Series against the Braves, catching a pop off the third-base line in foul territory. Hayes finished his career with the Astros in 2001.
Hayes last appeared at the 2009 Old Timer’s Day. He currently runs the Big League Baseball Academy in Houston. The academy is designed to help ball players of any level refine their skills.
Olerud was a Gold Golve winning first basemen that spent three seasons with the Mets and one with the Yankees. He finished his career in 2005 with Boston, totaling 2,239 hits. Much like his playing days, Olerud has lived a quiet life. He currently lives in Bellevue, Wash., and was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Wendell spent five seasons with the Mets (1997-2001) in the bullpen, appearing in 285 games with an ERA of 3.34. He announced his retirement before the start of the 2005 season.
Men’s Fitness magazine named him as one of the top 10 most superstitious athletes in all of sports. Wendell was known for hopping over foul lines during games and wearing a necklace on the mound made of sharp teeth of animals he hunted.
In 2007, Wendell implied that Sammy Sosa used steroids during his career in an interview. Sosa and Wendell were teammates on the Cubs from 1993-1997.
Dennis Cook pitched 15 seasons in the majors with nine teams. His longest tenure was with the Mets from 1998-2001 as he was a key member of the bullpen. Cook’s final year was in 2002 with the Angels, however he was not on the postseason roster for the team and missed out on receiving a World Series ring.
Earlier this year, Cook was named as one of Team Sweden’s new coaches. Sweden competes in the European Baseball Championship.
Joe McEwing was dubbed “Super Joe” because he was a utility man that could play just about any position on the field. He was a part of the Mets for five seasons and was a fan favorite.
His last season was 2006 after a brief run with the Astros. He signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox in 2007. In 2008, McEwing was named the manager for the White Sox’s Class-A affiliate. In 2009, Baseball America ranked him the top managerial prospect in the South Atlantic League.
Chili Davis ended his long career in pinstripes, winning a championship in 1998 and 1999. In July 2010, Davis told the Seattle Post Intelligencer he would like to get involved in baseball again.
Yankee fans remember Bush for his ability to steal a base as a pinch runner for Joe Torre during the late 1990s. Bush left the Yankees after the 1998 season and returned in 2004, his last season in baseball.
Bush was present during Old Timer’s Day in 2007 at Yankee Stadium.
Rey Ordonez was a slick-fielding shortstop for the Mets from 1996-2002. He won three straight Gold Gloves from 1997-1999, but his hitting couldn’t catch up to his fielding. Ordonez’s last season in the majors was 2004, when he appeared in 23 games with the Cubs.
In November 2006, the Mariners signed him to a minor league contract, but he never made the club and retired.
Payton played in the Mets outfield from 1998-2002. After his time with the Mets, he made stops in Baltimore, Colorado, San Diego, Boston, and Oakland. In January 2010, he signed a minor league contract with the Rockies.
Benny Agbayani debuted with the Mets in 1998 and stayed with the team until 2001. He became a fan favorite thanks to his clutch home runs. In 2005, he played baseball in Japan for Chiba Lotte Marines where he was reunited with his former Met manager, Bobby Valentine.
Agbayani is now retired and living in Hawaii and beginning a career as an educational assistant counseling kids. Agbayani was recently honored at Citi Field along with the rest of the 2000 Mets for winning the pennant.
Bellinger is one of many forgettable players from the 1990s dynasty that walked away with multiple World Series rings. After he finished up with the Yankees in 2001 he briefly played for the Angels in 2002.
Following his playing career he went into coaching, make that assistant coach for an Arizona Little League team. Bellinger’s son was a member of the team, which advanced to the Little League World Series in 2007.
Ledee played two-plus seasons with the Yankees and was part of the multiplayer deal that brought David Justice to the Bronx in 2000. After his stint with the Yankees, Ledee played for six teams including the Dodgers and Mets. He had a small part in the 1999 film “For Love of the Game” with Kevin Costner. He retired from baseball in August 2007.
George Steinbrenner once dubbed Hideki Irabu as a “fat toad.” The highly touted ptcher had a disappointing career that ended with a 34-35 record. He played with the Yankees, Expos and Rangers. His last major-league season was 2002. He retired in 2005 and moved to California.
In 2008, Irabu was arrested for an alleged assault on a bartender in Japan after Irabu’s credit card was rejected. Irabu was arrested for an alleged DUI in May 2010.
Spencer’s career was defined by one month with the Yankees: September 1998. He hit 10 homers that month, including three grand slams. His career went downhill after that as he played for the Indians, Rangers, Mets, and in Japan.
Spencer was arrested and charged with DUI in 2004. Since 2008, he has been a coach for the Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
It’s fair to say Knoblauch underachieved during his time in New York. Post-baseball life wasn’t too kind to him, either. Knoblauch was named in the Mitchell report in December 2007 for allegedly using HGH in 2001 while with the Yankees. As of January 2008, he resides in a condo in Houston, Texas. In March 2010, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault on his common-law wife.
Timo Perez played four seasons with the Mets and is perhaps best remembered for his baserunning blunder during Game 1 of the 2000 World Series against the Yankees. Todd Zelie hit a ball off the top of the wall at Yankee Stadium. The ball seemed as if it was leaving the park and Perez slowed down. He wound up being thrown out at home plate and the Mets lost the game, 4-3, in 12 innings.
Perez played with the White Sox and was a part of the 2005 championship despite only two at-bats in the playoffs. Since then, Perez has bounced around between the majors and minors with the Tigers and Dodgers. He was signed to a minor-league contract with the Phillies in July 2010.