St. Lucie Mets

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Team History[edit]

The St. Lucie Mets, of the Florida State League and briefly in Low-A Southeast, are owned by their parent club. The New York Mets farmhands play their home games at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, FL.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the Mets, and most of the FSL, one level.

After Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow's June 2017 promotion from the Columbia Fireflies, attendance spiked to a season record in less than six weeks. He slugged a home run his first day with these Mets, and on the first pitch he saw when he opened 2018 with Double-A Binghamton, NY.

The former Daytona Beach Admirals moved into what was then named Thomas J. White Stadium after the 1987 season. They made the playoffs in 1988, 1996, 1998, 2003, and 2006 - and each time went on to capture the championship. They should have had a chance to extend the unusual string in 2021, but they didn't play in the post-season despite winning their division. MLB's COVID-19 comeback plan for the 2021 minor-league season did not include playoffs; in July, MLB restored playoffs but tossed the leagues' pre-COVID postseason formats. In Low-A through Double-A, the top two teams in winning percentage - regardless of division standings - made the field, which explains how the Mets lost out.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

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Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1988 74-65 6th Clint Hurdle League Champs Bob Apodaca
1989 79-55 1st Clint Hurdle Lost in 2nd round Joe Horlen
1990 76-58 6th Tim Blackwell Lost in 1st round Joe Horlen
1991 72-59 5th (t) John Tamargo Lost in 2nd round Ron Gideon Randy Niemann
1992 74-62 5th John Tamargo Lost in 1st round Billy Gardner Jr. Bill Latham
1993 78-52 2nd John Tamargo Lost League Finals Bill Latham
1994 71-65 7th Rafael Landestoy Andre David Bill Latham
1995 61-73 11th Rafael Landestoy
1996 71-62 5th John Gibbons League Champs
1997 54-81 14th John Gibbons Doug Flynn Rick Waits
1998 70-66 7th Howie Freiling League Champs Edgar Alfonzo Bob Stanley
1999 68-70 8th Howie Freiling Edgar Alfonzo Buzz Capra
2000 81-58 3rd Dave Engle Lost in 1st round Roger LaFrancois Buzz Capra
2001 63-76 11th Tony Tijerina John Stephenson Gary Lance
2002 71-69 6th Ken Oberkfell Edgar Alfonzo Bob Apodaca
2003 77-62 2nd Ken Oberkfell League Champs Howard Johnson Dan Warthen
2004 64-65 7th Tim Teufel Lamar Johnson Rick Mahler
2005 66-68 7th Tim Teufel Al LeBoeuf Randy Niemann Nelson Silverio
2006 77-62 3rd Gary Carter League Champs Nelson Silverio Ricky Bones
2007 68-71 8th Frank Cacciatore Lost in 1st round Luis Natera Dan Murray
2008 53-81 12th Tim Teufel Mike Hart Dan Murray Joel Fuentes
2009 66-68 7th Tim Teufel Phil Regan
2010 62-76 11th Edgar Alfonzo Jose Carreno Phil Regan
2011 72-68 6th Pedro Lopez Lost League Finals Joel Fuentes Phil Regan
2012 83-52 1st Ryan Ellis Lost in 1st round Benny Distefano Phil Regan
2013 71-60 3rd Ryan Ellis Benny Distefano Phil Regan
2014 76-62 4th Ryan Ellis Joel Fuentes Phil Regan
2015 68-70 7th Luis Rojas Joel Fuentes Phil Regan
2016 74-61 5th Luis Rojas Lost in 1st round Valentino Pascucci Marc Valdes
2017 63-75 10th Chad Kreuter Luis Natera Marc Valdes
2018 54-76 11th Chad Kreuter Joel Fuentes Marc Valdes
2019 68-66 5th Chad Kreuter Bruce Fields Ricky Bones
2020 Season cancelled
2021 60-55 4th Reid Brignac Tommy Joseph Jerome Williams Jay Pecci
2022 Robbie Robinson Victor Burgos Victor Ramos Gilbert Gomez, Bryce Wheary

Further Reading[edit]

  • Nathaniel Marrero: "St. Lucie Mets' trailblazing women aim to inspire: Single-A affiliate's staff offers advice at Elite Development Invitational", mlb.com, June 19, 2022. [1]

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