On this date in 2003, hoping to recapture the glory of his career, David Cone came out of retirement to sign a minor-league contract with the Mets. Cone compiled an 80-48 record from 1987-1992 with the Mets.
Cone made the team and went 1-3 with a 6.50 ERA in five games with the Mets. Cone beat the Expos in his first start, 4-0, giving up two hits in five innings, but the feel-good comeback soon fizzled as he lost his next three starts.
His last game came in relief, May 28, with two scoreless innings at Philadelphia.
Cone compiled a 194-126 record over 17 seasons. He twice won 20 games, going 20-3 with the 1988 Mets and 20-7 ten years later for the 1998 Yankees.
Cone won the Cy Young Award in a strike-shortened 1994 season with Kansas City going 16-5 with three shutouts.
Cone carved out a reputation as a big game pitcher with an 8-3 postseason record, including 2-0 in the World Series.
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