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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / The Top 10 New York Mets of All Time

The Top 10 New York Mets of All Time

The Top 10 New York Mets of all time!
Publish Date: 02/14/2022
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1969: Pitcher Tom Seaver #41 of the New York Mets pitches during an Major League Baseball game circa 1969 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Seaver played for the Mets from 1967-77,83. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

The Top 10 New York Mets of all time will not include active players.

10) Edgardo Alfonzo

In three of his years with the Mets Alfonzo received MVP votes. He was also named to the 2000 NL All-Star team and was a Silver Slugger Award winner in 1999. Alfonzo is top five in WAR among position players, batting average runs, and hits. He is also one of the best defensive players in Metsโ€™ history as he ranks sixth in defensive WAR

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9) Carlos Beltran

Beltran was a five-time All-Star with the Mets, he received MVP votes in four of his years, he was a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and he won the Silver Slugger Award twice. He ranks third in franchise history in WAR among position players and fourth in OPS. Beltran is also fifth in slugging percentage and adjusted OPS+ and sixth in homers, runs batted in, and extra-base hits. Failure in the 2006 playoffs hurts him in these rankings.

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8) Gary Carter

Carter was one of the final pieces for the 1986 World Series champions. He goes down as the most complete catcher in Mets history. He was a leader and a general thorn in the side of any team that was playing against the Mets. He was a great leader and handled the Mets young pitching staff perfectly.

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7) Jerry Koosman

Koosman gets over-shadowed by Tom Seaver, but if you want to sum Koosman in just one word that word would be clutch. In the 1969 championship season, Koosman went 17-9 with a blistering 2.28 ERA. Those great stats were nothing though compared to the prior year where he went 19-12 with an amazing 2.08 ERA. He also finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting in ’68 behind Stan Bahnsen of theย New York Yankees. Koosman for my money is one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball history.

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6) Mike Piazza

Piazza was a six-time All-Star with the Mets, he had MVP votes in three years with the team, and he was a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He leads the franchise in slugging percentage while being second in OPS. Piazza is also third in franchise history in batting average, home runs, runs batted in, adjusted OPS+, and at-bats per home run. Piazza was maybe the greatest hitting catcher of all time, the defense led a lot to be desired though.

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5) Keith Hernandez

Hernandez was another leader for the Mets and while his best years may have been in St.Louis he was an important part of New York and the man was a force on offense and defense.

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4) David Wright

Wright has made the All-Star team seven times, he has received MVP votes six times, and has won a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Award twice in his career.

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3) Darryl Strawberry

Darryl’s best year was 1988 when he lead the league in home runs with 39. He also managed to top the league in both OPS and Slugging Percentage. The problem with Darryl was that he was his own worst enemy and his great play when he was right can’t overshadow that. Strawberry could have been an all-time great.

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2) Dwight Gooden

Dwight Gooden should have had an even better career than he did, but he was his own worst enemy. Gooden’s best year was certainly in 1985, as he followed up his Rookie of the Year season with absolutely dominant stats, easily taking home the Cy Young Award. He leads the league in wins, ERA, complete games, strikeouts and innings pitched. However, things didn’t slow down much after that, as he was a key asset in the machine that took the Mets on the road to their second World Series Championship in 1986.

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1) Tom Seaver

The Mets were a joke until the arrival of Tom Terrific! Seaver is one of the most decorated pitchers of all time and while a Met he won the Rookie of the Year and all three of his Cy Young Awards. Seaver was one of the main reasons why the Miracle Mets of 69 won the Mets first World Title and he helped lead the upset of the Big Red Machine in the 1973 NLCS and into the 1973 World Series where the Mets forced a game 7 before losing the series to the powerful Oakland A’s. Tom Seaver is the New York Mets.

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