Today in Mets History: Hundley has tainted career day.

Not even chemistry would make Todd Hundley the player he was supposed to be. On this date in 1996, Hundley homered from both sides of the plate and drove in a career-high seven runs in a 14-5 victory at San Francisco.

HUNDLEY: Enjoyed career day on this date.

Hundley would hit 41 homers that season, but never again had a year that approached those numbers. According to the Mitchell Report, Hundley started using steroids that season after never hitting more than 16 prior to that year.

Hundley, the son of former major league catcher Randy Hundley, hit 124 homers in nine seasons with the Mets, and after stints with the Dodgers and Cubs, finished with 202 career homers when he retired after the 2003 season.


Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine and Hundley feuded after the manager suggested his catcher needed more sleep, in reference to his late-night party image.

After Mike Piazza was acquired in May of 1998, it was apparent Hundley was done with the Mets and was traded to the Dodgers after that season.

Four years after his retirement, Hundley was named in the Mitchell Report along with another Mets catcher, Paul Lo Duca, for using performance enhancing drugs.



6 thoughts on “Today in Mets History: Hundley has tainted career day.

  1. Its good to see these day in met history columns. Hundley was a good catcher before the roids. Very good defensively with decent power. then came the huge year in 96 and he was off to a great season in 97 before he got hurt. Nice link too, but they should have called it the radomski report instead of the mitchell report. Almost every player outed was by radomski. That explains why so many new york players are mentioned.

  2. You must be a very miserable and bitter person Delcos. Every post you write is negative and dreary.

  3. yes. i remember hundley had that one monster year. in this era any anomaly like that is suspicious. especially with a player that never before and never after had a monster year like that. it is always possible that it just happens but not likely.

    by the way, what ever happened to the bonds trial?

  4. ray (1): I’m glad you like that feature. I was thinking of doing something different on a regular basis. You’re right about Radomski. Most of Mitchell’s leads came from him. But, if he got all that from one source, imagine how many more players are out there who didn’t get hooked up in NY?-JD