This Day in Baseball History: April 30th, 1990

Still, Mets fans wouldn’t be happy when the Mets didn’t re-sign him instead of trade him in 1992.

On April 30, 1990:

David Cone argues in two runs.

In the bottom fourth inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves, David Cone let things get out of hand, just not in the usual way. He struck out Jim Presley to begin the inning, and everything was going along smoothly for Cone, who was trying to bounce-back from a two-run third. Dale Murphy came up a laced a single to center, and then, he took second while Ernie Whitt batted. Whitt would go on to take a walk, putting men on first and second anyway. The next batter was Andres Thomas, and he hit a deep flyball to left-center, but Mark Carreon tracked it down for out number two. Then, the unthinkable happened.

Mark Lemke, the Braves second baseman, came up. On the 1-2 pitch, Lemke rolled over the pitch and hit it to the second baseman. Because the first baseman had come to get the ball as well, Cone had to cover first. The umpire called Lemke safe, but Cone disagreed. Actually, he really disagreed. Instead of paying attention to anything else, Cone began to argue with first base umpire Charlie Williams. While he argued, Murphy and Whitt came around to score without a throw. Even as everyone yelled for Cone to pay attention, he ignored them, continuing to argue with the umpire.

Cone was not ejected, and he pitched another inning and gave up another run. After the game, the umpire stated, “I told him that another runner just scored while you argued with me.” Why Cone didn’t turn around is a mystery. Cone responded to the question with the pathetic excuse that he “snapped emotionally”. I don’t know how that happens. You’re playing the worst team in baseball, have two outs anyway, and have not allowed that third run of the game to score.

Cone, a 27-year old veteran, went on to have a pretty good season. He went 14-10 with a 3.23 ERA and a league-leading 233 strikeouts.

Trivia Time
How many Cy Young Awards did David Cone win?

Yesterday’s Answer –> Mickey Mantle with an astounding 42 runs (Yogi Berra is second with 41)


2 Responses to “This Day in Baseball History: April 30th, 1990”

  1. Ron Rollins Says:


    With the Royals. Where he belonged all along.

  2. tHeMARksMiTh Says:

    I wondered if you would know that.

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