While it was sad to see Frank D. Lawrence Stadium play in its final season, the ballpark would go out with a "bang" featuring some of the best talents that the newly inspired "New York Mets" would have to offer, as they were on their way to win the World Series for the first time. The 1969 Tidewater Tides featured such beloved players as "Choo-Choo Coleman" (11 SB, .256), 23 year old Duffy Dyer (.313) and 20 year old future Gold Glove Mike Jorgensen (21 HR, .290, .904 OPS), There were two future impact players on this team however that would truly make a splash though one of them would go on to become infamous for Mets fans. The Mets had their future superstar Centerfielder all ready to join the team but in one of the NY Mets typically horrible trades.. they sent Amos Otis to Kansas City for Joe Foy after Otis posted a 14 2B, 10 HR, .327 batting average performance here at the FDL for the Tides. Otis also got on base to the tune of .398 and with his .420 slugging, finished his 71 games here in Portsmouth with a .918 OPS. Instead of Otis leading the Mets to more Championships, he was sent to KC where he became a 5 time All-Star, leading the league in doubles in his first full season in 1970 (36 2B, 11 HR, 33 SB, .284) and in steals the following season (26 2B, 15 HR, 52 SB, .301) while winning the Gold Glove in CF. His best season came in 1973 when he hit 21 2B, 26 HR, 93 RBI and batted .300. In total, Amos Otis would appear in 5 All-Star games in his incredible 17 year career with the Royals which should have kept the Mets as one of the better teams in the league if not for simply terrible front office managing. On the mound there was just as much talent as Jim Bibby posted a 4-4, 3.98, also going on to become an All-Star elsewhere... going 19-6, 3.59 for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1980. Luckily... the Mets were smart enough to hold on to future Rookie of the Year and All-Star MVP Jon Matlack (14-7, 4.14) who would go on to become one of the best southpaws in Mets history playing in 3 straight All-Star games with his best seasons coming in 1972 (15-10, 2.32) and in 1976 (17-10, 2.95). The Tides would easily take 1st place and in what seemed like a nod to the wonderful history of Frank D. Lawrence Stadium... lost in the 1st round. So many great teams would be produced by Frank D. Lawrence over the years here... many based on just instinct and a nose for talent. The New York Mets moved operations to Metropolitan Stadium in 1970 and this ballpark was decommissioned after 30 loyal years of service. Frank D. Lawrence Stadium eventually fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1997.