Former big leaguer McKnight dies; played for Mets and O's

Former big leaguer McKnight dies; played for Mets and O's

Former Major Leaguer Jeff McKnight passed away on Sunday after a 10-year battle with leukemia. He was 52.

McKnight spent parts of six seasons in the Majors, with the Mets and Orioles. He primarily played the infield but logged time at every position except center field and pitcher. He hit .233/.284/.304 through 218 career games.

A second-round selection by New York in the 1983 First-Year Player Draft, McKnight made his Major League debut with the Mets in 1989. He spent the next two years in Baltimore before returning to New York for three seasons to finish his career.

His father, Jim McKnight, also played in the Majors, with brief appearances for the Cubs in the early 1960s.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.