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.