Acquired from the Red Sox with Bob Ojeda for Calvin Schiraldi and Wes Gardner in an eight-player trade after the 1985 season, Mitchell started 19 games for the Mets in 1987 when the club's pitching staff was riddled with injuries.
Mitchell appeared in only three games with the Mets over the next two seasons, spending most of his time in the minors. He got his final shot in the majors with the Orioles in 1992, where he went 6-6 with a 4.64 ERA.
John’s brother Charlie appeared in 12 games in relief for the Red Sox in 1984-85.
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 23, 1922:
The Yankees start planning for the Series when they pick up 3B Joe Dugan and one-time Cleveland World Series hero Elmer Smith from Boston, giving up OF Elmer Miller, SS Chick Fewster, SS John Mitchell, and, later, P Lefty O'Doul. The contending Browns and other western clubs howl in protest and this deal will lead to a rule barring nonwaiver trades after June 15th.
»July 24, 1922: In the midst of a pennant fight with the Browns, the Yankees obtain Joe Dugan and OF Elmer Smith from the Red Sox for OF Chuck Fewster, SS John Mitchell, and OF Elmer Miller. This latest Sox-Yanks deal engenders such outrage in St. Louis that Commissioner Landis recommends passage of the rule that no deals, except waiver transactions, can be made after June 15.