Jeff Innis Passes Away – MLB Trade Rumors


Former Mets reliever Jeff Innis passed away today at age 59, as announced by the team.  Innis had been battling cancer.

Innis pitched 360 Major League innings from 1987-1993, with all seven of those seasons in a Mets uniform.  The right-hander was a 13th-round pick for New York in the 1983 draft, and he was a Met almost from start to finish in his professional career, aside from spending the 1994-95 seasons in the minors with the Twins, Padres, and Phillies farm systems.

He loved the fans and never shied away from any autographs,” Mets team historian and VP/alumni public relations Jay Horwitz wrote.  “Jeff Innis was just a decent and humble guy who never made a big deal that he was a major league player. Jeff was proud of the fact that the Mets were the only team he played for in the big leagues.”

Innis was something of a throwback even in his era, as a submarine pitcher who relied on soft contact and keeping hitters off-balance.  The results were undeniable, as Innis had a career 3.05 ERA and became a workhorse of New York’s bullpen.  Only three pitchers in all of baseball appeared in more games from 1991-93 than Innis, who took the mound 212 times.

We at MLB Trade Rumors pass on our condolences to the Innis family, and Jeff’s many friends and fans.

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