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1975 New York Mets season

The 1975 New York Mets season was the 14th regular season for the Mets, who played their home games at Shea Stadium. Initially led by manager Yogi Berra followed by Roy McMillan, the team had an 82-80 record yielding a third-place finish in the National League's Eastern Division.

Offseason

Regular season

Season summary

After the Mets forgettable 1974 season, changes were made to make the team better. On February 28, the Mets scored a coup. For cash estimated at around $100,000, they acquired the San Francisco Giants' explosive home run hitter, Dave Kingman. A moody but undeniable talent, Kingman had batted just .223 for San Francisco in 1974, striking out every third at-bat, but many of his 18 home runs had traveled breathtaking distances. Kingman, the Mets hoped, would provide the home run power the club lacked, as well as generate some excitement.

The Mets were indeed stronger in 1975. Their .256 batting average was the highest in club history, and Kingman did supply some wallop with a then team-record 36 home runs, while Rusty Staub's 105 RBIs made him the first Met to drive in 100. Again the club's greatest strength lay in its pitching, topped by Tom Seaver's 22-9 record, good enough for a third Cy Young Award. Jerry Koosman was 14-13 and Jon Matlack 16-12, but after that no one won more than seven. It all added up to an 82-80 season and a tie for third.

Firings and tragedies

The Mets' 82-80 season also added up to the dismissal of manger Yogi Berra on August 6. His replacement for the rest of the season was coach Roy McMillan. Also gone, a week earlier, was Cleon Jones, released outright. The mythmakers of 1969 were rapidly thinning out.

As the season rolled to an end, there was a quick succession of news stories impinging on the Mets. On September 29, Casey Stengel died of cancer in California at the age of 85. A few days later, on October 4, the club's popular "godmother" and principal owner, Mrs. Joan Payson, died at the age of 72. If death delineates history, then the Mets' historical past was beginning to take shape, 13 years after their origin.

In between these two passings, on October 3 the club announced the hiring of their fifth full-time manager. The new man was Joe Frazier, former major league infielder and manager of the Tidewater Tides in 1975. Frazier was the first Mets skipper without some connection with New York's baseball past, and the first to be promoted from within. Frazier had led the Tides, the Mets' top farm club, to a first-place finish in the International League, earning him the Sporting News award for Minor League Manager of the Year.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 69 .571 --
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 .531 6.5
New York Mets 82 80 .506 10.5
St. Louis Cardinals 82 80 .506 10.5
Chicago Cubs 75 87 .463 17.5
Montreal Expos 75 87 .463 17.5

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Roster

1975 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2B Millán, FélixFélix Millán 162 676 191 .283 1 56

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Clines, GeneGene Clines 82 203 46 .227 0 10

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Apodaca, BobBob Apodaca 46 3 4 13 1.49 45

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League Joe Frazier
AA Jackson Mets Texas League John Antonelli
A Visalia Mets California League Jack Aker
A Wausau Mets Midwest League Owen Friend
Rookie Marion Mets Appalachian League Chuck Hiller and Billy Connors

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tidewater

Notes

References

  • 1975 New York Mets
  • 1975 New York Mets team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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