The 1982 Tidewater Tides were scorching the International League thanks to Bruce Bochy (15 HR, .227), Kelvin Chapman (25 SB, .280), Mike Cubbage (28 2B, 10 HR, .268), an 18 year old master of every position... Jose Oquendo (24 SB, .214) and Gil Flores who was batting .332 with 23 SB. On the mound however is where the Mets featured their "real future" in Ron Darling (7-9, 3.73) ... a Texas Rangers 1st Round pick who had just come over in the un-popular trade for local Italian heartthrob Lee Mazzilli. Darling would lead the Mets in 1981 to the playoffs and this time took they would take the Triple-A Championship for their 3rd trophy at Met Park. Looking to go for 2 in a row, the Tides brought back Wally Backman (37 SB, .316, .422 OBP) to lead off with Kelvin Chapman (.274), Catcher Mike Fitzgerald (14 HR, .284 traded with Hubie Brooks for Gary Carter), Gil Flores (.312), new 1st round pick Terry Blocker (.305... yet another failed 1st rounder) and another future star MLB Manager of the Year in Clint Hurdle (22 HR) who set the Met Park all time record for RBI's with 105 while batting .285. A returning Gary Rajsich finally got the chance to play 129 games and did indeed break the all time Home Run record batting .270 with 28 HR and 83 RBI's... and one other very young lad who brought everyone out to the ballpark to come see. He would only play in 16 games at Met Park. The Mets were just too anxious to have him in the lineup after he broke the all time record for HR in Double-A Jackson, slamming 34 HR with 97 RBI's and 45 SB to top it with a .283. Darryl Strawberry would start the season at the age of 21 at Met Park in 71 Plate Appearances and was already batting .333 with 3 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI's and 7 SB for an OPS of 1.061. He didn't last long before he got the call... and finished the season with 26 HR and 74 RBI's. Combined with his Triple-A numbers for 29 HR and 87 RBI's to win the MLB Rookie of the Year Award... the first alumni to ever win the award of such for Met Park.