Neil’s father, Tom, was a pitcher in the major leagues from 1972-77 with the Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and California Angels. With the Mets, Neil wears No. 20 in honor of his father. He was unable to wear the number in Pittsburgh because it was previously retired (for Pie Traynor).
In his first season with the Mets in 2016, Neil set a franchise record for home runs without an extra-base hit to start a season with nine. The previous team record was eight, held by Ron Swoboda (1968).