Todd Zeile is currently filling in for Ron Darling as commentary in the SNY booth, as Darling recovers from chest surgery. Originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 30th round of the 1983 June Amateur Draft out of William S. Hart HS in Santa Clara, California, Zeile decided to go to the University of California and would eventually get drafted in the 2nd round of the 1986 June Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Drafted as a catcher, Zeile would eventually bounce around the infield between first and third base for the majority of his career. However, that doesn’t compare to how often he’s bounced around the league throughout his playing career.
In the off-season prior to the 2000 season, Zeile would eventually find himself signing a 3-year contract with the Mets to play first base. In his first year, he appeared in 153 games, accumulating 623 plate appearances and 544 at-bats.
The 34 year old veteran hit 22 home runs and 36 doubles while driving in 79 with a slash line of .268/ .356/ .467/ .823 during the 2000 season. Zeile was apart of an infamous play during the World Series in which he hit a deep fly ball off the Yankee Stadium wall, he and base runner Timo Perez seemed to assume it was a home run as they didn’t really run hard. Timo Perez would end up getting thrown out at the plate and the Mets would eventually lose the series.
In 2001, Zeile played in 151 games with 612 plate appearances at his age 35 season. He hit .266/ .359/ .373/ .732 with 10 home runs, 25 doubles, and 62 RBI’s in his second season with the Mets. While he had an ok year, the expectation were higher from Zeile that second year.
He was traded to the Rockies as part of a 3-team deal involving the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers in January of 2002 with Benny Agbayani, Lenny Harris, and Glendon Rusch for Ross Gload, Craig House, Jeremy Burnitz, Lou Collier, Jeff D’Amico, Mark Sweeney and cash.
In 2004, the Mets and Zeile reunited on a 1-year pact and played in 137 games with 396 plate appearances and 348 at-bats. At 38 years old, he hit .233/ .319/ .356/ .675 with 16 doubles, 9 home runs, and 35 RBI’s in his final MLB season.
In the 3 years Todd Zeile has spent with the Mets, the infielder hit .259/ .348/ .405/ .737 with 77 doubles, 41 home runs, and 176 RBI’s in 441 games.