Dave Kingman for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert
|Date: June 15, 1977|
|Sent: Dave Kingman|
|Received: Bobby Valentine, Paul Siebert|
In addition to the infamous trade that sent Tom Seaver to Cincinnati, the Mets made another unpopular deal on the same day. Slugger Dave Kingman was sent to the San Diego Padres in exchange for infielder Bobby Valentine and lefthanded pitcher Paul Siebert. The trade further upset an already enraged Met fan base.
Despite the negative response at the time of the transaction, the Mets fared better from it than did San Diego. Siebert and Valentine each had two mediocre seasons in New York, but Bobby later became the Mets' third base coach during the team's return to respectability from 1983 to 1985. Valentine also served as Mets manager for seven years, leading them to post-season berths in 1999 and 2000. With Bobby at the helm, the Mets won the 2000 National League pennant.
Kingman played 56 games for the Padres in '77 before being put on waivers and claimed by the California Angels in September. Four years later, Dave rejoined the Mets and became the first player in team history ever to win a National League home run title in 1982.