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Mets statements on Mel Stottlemyre

Mel Stottlemyre was the Mets pitching coach from 1984-1993

From Mets ownership:

Mel Stottlemyre was the Mets pitching coach from 1984-1993

From Mets ownership:

"We owe Mel so much gratitude for what he contributed to this organization. The success we enjoyed in the 80's, including the World Championship in 1986 was a direct result of his working closely with our young pitching staff. He was a true gentleman. Our condolences go out to his wife, Jean and two sons, Todd and Mel, Jr."

From Dwight Gooden:

"Mel was more than a pitching coach to me. He was a dear friend. Everything I accomplished in the game was because of him. He taught me so much more than balls and strikes. I'll miss him dearly."

From Ron Darling:

"One of the classiest men I have ever known on or off the field. A wonderful pitching coach and father figure to the young pitchers on our Mets teams in the 1980's. Devotion to his wife Jean, his sons and his pitchers will never be forgotten by New York or those he mentored. Today is the saddest day."

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