Tuesday March 3rd, 2015

Former Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets player Jeff McKnight died Sunday of leukemia, the Mets announced. He was 52.

McKnight had battled the disease for 10 years.

McKnight was a second-round pick by the Mets in the 1983 MLB Draft and made his debut in 1989. He spent the next two seasons with Baltimore before returning to the Mets for the next three seasons.

He hit .233 with five home runs and 34 RBI in 218 career games, singling off Philadelphia pitcher Toby Borland in his final career at-bat on Aug. 11, 1994, in an extra-inning loss. The next day the season was canceled because of the players strike, which also wiped out the World Series.

McKnight played his career as mostly an infielder, but played every position except centerfield and pitcher.

- Scooby Axson

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