Kevin Collins, Steve Renko, Jay Carden and Dave Colon for Donn Clendenon
|Date: June 15, 1969|
|Sent: Kevin Collins, Steve Renko, Jay Carden, Dave Colon|
|Received: Donn Clendenon|
During the 1969 season, the Mets made a deal that solidified their offensive attack. The team acquired first baseman Donn Clendenon from the Expos. Infielder Kevin Collins and minor league pitchers Steve Renko, Jay Carden and Dave Colon were sent to the Montreal team for Clendenon alone.
Clendenon provided exactly what the Mets needed. His slugging helped propel the team to its first World Championship in '69. In the World Series, Donn hit three home runs in the Mets' five-game triumph over the Baltimore Orioles and was named Series MVP. Clendenon played two more seasons with the Mets, setting a team record for runs batted in with 97 in 1970.
For the Expos, Renko was their most productive player in the trade. He won 68 games in seven full seasons in Montreal. Steve was also a good hitting pitcher with 114 hits (including 6 homers) and 42 RBIs for Montreal. Collins played 52 games for the Expos before being sold to the Detroit Tigers. Carden and Colon never played in the major leagues.