Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/1/12
Steve Henderson came to the Mets with the burden of being one of the key players coming over from the Reds in the 1977 Tom Seaver trade. In addition, since the Mets had just traded Dave Kingman to San Diego, Henderson was expected to eventually replace him in the middle of the Mets’ lineup. This was an awful lot of pressure for a kid who had never spent a day in the major leagues, but Henderson responded.Exuberant, energetic, and most of all productive, Steve was an immediate sensation with the Mets.  The talented rookie came up with a lot of big hits and put up very impressive numbers in his first year with the team. Driving in 65 runs in just 99 games. Henderson seemed well on his way to becoming a star, good for 20-25 home runs and 85-100 RBI a year, someone who the Mets could definitely build around and everything they expected when they traded for him. Mets manager Joe Torre was even quoted as saying “Someday the Seaver trade will be referred to as the Henderson trade”.Of cours...
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