Top 50 New York Mets

There was a time when New York City had three teams, the Giants, the Dodgers and the Yankees but they were left with one when California baseball claimed the first two.  The Big Apple is certainly large enough to handle a second team and the Mets came to fruition in 1962.

The Mets were dreadful through the 60’s but the “Miracle Mets” shocked the world and won the World Series in 1969.  They would return in 1973, though in a losing effort and another long period where they were not competitive, but by the late 80’s they enjoyed a resurgence and would win their second World Series in 1986.

This would be the last World Series that New York would win but they did win the NL Pennant in 2000 and 2015.

Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.  This is a list up to the end of the 2016 Season.
Two players have entered the Baseball Hall of Fame wearing a New York Mets hat.  Fittingly, Tom Seaver was the first.Prior to the recent induction of Ken Griffey Jr., Seaver entered Cooperstown with the highest percentage from the voters, which considering he was one of the greatest Starting Pitchers that ever lived was fitting.  While he did not play his entire career in New York, “Tom Terrific” was at his Hall of Fame best during his years in the Big Apple. 
Granted, there are many who when they hear the name of Dwight Gooden, they think of what might have been.  Saying that there should be (and hopefully are) people who when the Doc’s name comes up remembers the dominating pitcher who for a two year stretch was considered the best in the game and a must watch phenomenon.
Still with the New York Mets as of this writing, Third Baseman, David Wright would go to seven All Star Games earning two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers in the process.  Wright would be viewed as a complete player during his career and is the all-time New York Mets leader in multiple offensive statistics. 
Like Dwight Gooden, the story of Darryl Strawberry should have been greater, but we know the drug issues that he had that affected his career.  Still, it cannot be forgotten what a major star that Strawberry was and the incredible athleticism that he displayed on the field.
It cannot be disputed that Tom Seaver was the ace of the New York Mets staff during the 1969 Miracle Mets season and beyond, but Koosman was the far more effective hurler in the ’69 World Series (he went 2-0 with a 0.623 WHIP) and was also a large reason they got there in the first place. 
Over his very long career, the six and a half seasons as a New York Met was arguably the best of his career.  Five times he would be named an All Star as a Met and it was in New York where he posted his best Home Run numbers (41 in 2006) and would earn two Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves while playing there.  The Puerto Rican Outfielder would also produce three seasons with 100 Runs Batted In and had four years where he slugged over .500.
At present, Jose Reyes is on his second run with the New York Mets, but it was first stint where he was considered one of the most exciting players in Baseball.  The Dominican Shortstop currently holds the franchise record for Triples and Stolen Bases, categories in which he would lead the National League three times and four times respectively.  This would not be the only statistic he would lead in.  Reyes would win the Batting Title in 2011 and led the NL in Hits in 2008.
The National League Rookie of the Year in 1972, Jon Matlack would go to three All Star Games and was named the All Star Game MVP in one of them.  Matlack did not win the World Series in 1969 but he did help them get there in 1973.  He would have five straight seasons where he would go over 13 Wins and in 1974 he would also lead the National League in FIP.  Jon Matlack would also lead the NL in Shutouts twice.  
When Mike Piazza entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016 he easily could have entered as a Los Angeles Dodger, a team where he had similar statistics and was also a multi-time All-Star and threat for the National League MVP Award.He didn’t.  He entered Cooperstown as a New York Met.
Keith Hernandez had worn out his welcome with the St. Louis Cardinal’s Manager, Whitey Herzog, and the 1979 National League MVP and 1982 World Series Champion started new with the New York Mets.  Luckily for New York, there was a lot left in his tank when he got there.
While there were many ups and down of Sid Fernandez during his tenure as a New York Met he was arguably one of the best Starting Pitchers that they have ever had. 
By the time Howard Johnson became a full time player for the New York Mets he had already won a World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1984 and was in a platoon role for the Mets World Series win in 1986.  Johnson would not win a third World Series Championship, but he would become an excellent player for the Mets, becoming a 30-30 player in 1987.
David Cone has the distinction of being an incredible post season Pitcher, though he only had one chance to show that for the Mets.  He did however have plenty of opportunity to have regular season success for the New York Mets. 
Al Leiter would have a very long career in Major League Baseball, nineteen seasons in total.  Seven of those were with the New York Mets, which were the most consistent of his career.  Arriving to New York after winning a World Series in Florida, Leiter would be a top or near top of the rotation player for all of his seven years in New York.  Leiter would win 10 Games or more in all of his Mets seasons, accumulating 95 in total.  He would also represent the Mets in the All Star Game in 2000.

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Edgardo Alfonzo (or Fonzie, as he is often called) spent a lot of time patrolling varying positions in the infield for the New York Mets.  Alfonzo was known for his above average defense but was also skilled with his bat.  He would have over 150 Hits in a season for New York five times, four of which saw him bat over .300.  Alfonzo would show off some power with 120 Home Runs as a New York Met.  Three times, he would receive MVP votes.
When you are nicknamed “Bad Dude” it is near impossible to not want to rank you as high as possible!
How can you not love a guy named Mookie?You have to love him and he even if Mookie Wilson was actually named “Sour Bastard”, you would still love the guy because he had one of the most positive and infectious attitudes in Baseball and is easily one of the most popular players in Mets history.
In one way you can argue that Bud Harrelson is the most successful New York Met of all time.  Harrelson was a member of the Miracle Mets World Series Championship Team in 1969 and was a Coach on the 1986 World Series Champions too.  This makes him the only Met to have two World Series rings who was once a player.
Cleon Jones caught the last out for the Mets in their shocking World Series win in 1969, but he is known for so much more than that in the ’69 campaign.