Sunday, November 15, 2009
#318) KEVIN MITCHELL
Kevin Mitchell was signed as a free agent by the New York Mets on November 16, 1980. He made his major league debut as a Met on September 4, 1984. A special player that was able to play both the infield and outfield positions while providing considerable power hitting in the lineup. Kevin was a member of the 1986 World Champion Mets. He was said to have been called from the clubhouse to pinch hit in the ninth inning of the famous Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. He would deliver a clutch single and eventually score the tying run.
The immensely talented athlete was known as much for his unusual behavior as his baseball prowess. Kevin would eat Vick's VapoRub and once explained it, "My grandmother told me it is good for colds. It sure blows out those sinuses." Mitchell once convinced Darryl Strawberry that he possessed tremendous barber skills. The resulting haircut was so bad that Darryl shaved his head for the first time in his career.
Kevin was traded by the Mets to the San Diego Padres with Stan Jefferson and Shawn Abner in exchange for Kevin McReynolds, Gene Walter, and Adam Ging on December 11, 1986. He would be named the National League Most Valuable Player with the San Francisco Giants in 1989.
Kevin Mitchell signed his set card for me through a private signing held in California by Tom Miller on November 9, 2009.