Hubie Brooks was a great Met. Traded just before he emerged as an All-Star caliber shortstop, he nonetheless made his mark in the hearts of many a Met fan.
Brooks was the third player drafted in the 1978 amateur draft and was a September call-up in September 1980 (along with Mookie Wilson and Wally Backman). That year, he hit .309 in 89 PAs with 1 HR and 10 RBIs.
He played his first full season for the team in 1981 and hit .307 in 389 PAs. Although the ‘81 season was marred by a mid-season strike, he finished third in the Rookie-of-the-Year voting behind Fernando Valenzuela and Tim Raines. He earned Player-of-the-Week honors for the week of Sept 14-to-Sept 20 by hitting .500 (12 for 24).
In 1982, Brooks maintained his production despite a hamstring injury. He had 7 game-winning hits for the Mets that year (second only to Dave Kingman’s 10).
At the beginning of the 1983 season, the Mets were recharged by the return of Tom Seaver. By the end of May, however, the team found...