Former Mets rescuer Jeff Innis died of cancer at the age of 59


New York (AP) — Jeff Innis, a side-arming relief pitcher who pitched to the New York Mets from 1987 to 1993, died on Sunday. He was 59 years old.

Jay Horwitz, a spokesman for Mets, said Innis died of cancer in Dawsonville, Georgia, according to Innis’ son Keenan.

Innis made a start once in the rookie season with 288 appearances in Mets. The rigjt-hander finished 10-20 with 3.05 ERA, hit 192 and walked 121 with 360 innings.

Innis made five big league saves, including three in the final season.

He attended the Mets fantasy camp last November.

“All campers loved Jeff,” said former Met Ron Suboda. “He talked to everyone and never forgave his illness.”

Innis, a graduate of the University of Illinois, was named Mets in the 13th round of the 1983 Amateur Draft.

He is survived by his wife Kelly and daughters Shannon and Keenan. Funeral arrangements were pending.

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