1984 NESTLÉ RUSTY STAUB
The early ’80s were boomerang years for the Mets, as former players returned to the fold with notable regularity.
Mike Jorgensen kicked off the trend when he suited up for the 1980 team, after having been traded away in 1972 (for Rusty Staub, but we’ll get to that later).
Dave Kingman assuaged some of the pain of June 15, 1977 by returning to the Mets in the early spring of 1981, in a trade that sent Steve Henderson to the Cubs.
And of course Tom Seaver returned in 1983, as the club made a comprehensive effort to exorcise the demons still rattling around Shea from the infamous Midnight Massacre. (Alas, things ended in tears once again, when the Mets left the Franchise unprotected following the 1983 campaign and he was scooped up by the White Sox.)
But my favorite homecoming of all was probably Rusty Staub. Le Grand Orange returned to Le Grand Pomme in the winter of 1980, after having been traded to Detroit in 1975 for a running-on-empty Mickey Lolich.