1977 would be a very bad year for New York Mets fans. Tom Seaver... the face of the franchise... was sent to the Cincinnati Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Dan Norman and Steve Henderson. All but Norman would remain with the club on the Major League level with Dan Norman coming to Tidewater to hit .264 with 10 HR. It was the beginning of the dark ages for Mets fans. Tidewater however was holding its own and even playoff bound thanks to future manager Ned Yost (12 HR, .291), a returning Billy Baldwin (17 HR, .278), Leo Foster (.274) and infielder Pepe Mangual who become the 2nd player to ever hit break the 20 HR barrier, batting .252 with 12 2B, 20 HR and a new Met Park record of 40 Stolen Bases. New pitchers Roy Lee Jackson (13-7, 3.70) and John Pacella (7-5, 3.97) helped get back to the playoffs with Pacella leading the league in having his cap fall off after every pitch. Stearns' visit to Tidewater seemed to break the log jam of not seeing an All-Star come to Met Park since the stadium first opened. 1978 would bring two future impact players in 20 year old Neil Allen (2-7, 4.42) who had yet to discover his true talents in the bullpen... and 23 year old Mike Scott (10-10, 3.94) who would be traded from the Mets and go on to become an absolute superstar. Neil Allen never actually made it to an All-Star game but once he was in the bullpen, he quickly became a closer saving 22 games (7-10, 3.70) in 1980 and even more importantly... was the key trade bait used to obtain Keith Hernandez from the St. Louis Cardinals. For a change, the Mets had gotten the better end of a bad trade. Juan Berenguer meanwhile would have a great career posting a 10-7, 3.67 in Tidewater in 1978 before going on to a 15 year career with the Mets, Detroit, Minnesota and Atlanta as a starter and reliever. Tom Hausman's 5-2, 1.22 record certainly showed tremendous promised but it was just a fluke. At the plate, Dan Norman began to show that maybe he was a great prospect (which he wasn't) hitting 31 2B, 18 HR, 66 RBI's and batting .281. Future backup catcher Alex Trevino meanwhile looked great batting .294. It was Mike Scott however who really actually had the most promise.