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.
The best season of Bob Ojeda’s career was in 1986, the season after he was traded from the Boston Red Sox, the team he would help his new team beat in the World Series.  Ojeda would finish fourth in Cy Young voting that year and would go 51 and 40 as a Met.
Daniel Murphy had a good run with the New York Mets where he averaged .288 over seven seasons.  The Second Basemen was named an All Star in 2014, and while 2015 saw him put up decreased numbers he exploded by batting .529 in the NLCS where he was named the MVP.   After collecting 967 Hits for New York, Murphy would sign as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals where he won the Slugging and OPS Title and finished second in MVP voting.
Mets fans may not have a great memory for Armando Benitez as he is more known for the Saves he blew (especially in the playoffs) than the ones he made, but there is no question that he closed a lot of games for New York.
At one time, Matt Harvey was the promising Pitcher in the Mets' organization.  He debuted for the team in 2012,    That year he would finish third in ERA (2.27), second in WHIP (0.931), and led the league in FIP (2.01).  The Cy Young voters would reward Harvey with a third place finish in Cy Young voting, but rather than build on that, it would be the high point of his career.Tommy John Surgery took Harvey out of the entire 2014 season, and he came back in 2015 going 13-8 with an ERA of 2.71.  Harvey would then be plagued…
The American League Rookie of the Year in 1966 for the Chicago White Sox, Tommie Agee became a major fan favorite in his second year with the Mets, which not coincidentally was the season of the “Miracle Mets”.
A member of the 1969 Miracle Mets as a rookie, Wayne Garratt would compete professionally for the team for seven and a half seasons.  Garrett would spend time predominantly at Third Base and his best season was in 1973 where he had 129 Hits with 16 Home Runs.  He would blast two more Homers in the 1973 World Series.
Lee Mazzilli would have two runs with the New York Mets, with his role being incredibly different with each stint.Mazzilli was a full time player who was named an All Star in 1979.  Mazzilli would bat .303 that season with 181 Hits.  He also had good baserunning skills as he would steal 20 or more bases four years in a row. 
While Pedro Martinez was clearly better known for what he accomplished in Boston (and Montreal for that matter), Pedro Martinez’ was still a two time All Star, the first of which saw him win the WHIP and SO/W Titles, the last time he would lead in a major pitching category.  The Hall of Fame Pitcher went 32 and 23 with New York.
With the 10th overall pick in 2014, the New York Mets drafted Michael Conforto, who would first crack the Majors the year after. 
From the Dominican Republic, Juan Lagares was known for his glove, and while he was never a great hitter, he knew what to do in the Outfield.

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While the third season as the Mets closer has not yet gone according to plan for Jeurys Familia, his first two seasons in that role were excellent.  Familia led the NL in Saves in 2016, which saw him also go to the All Star Game and receive a smattering of MVP votes.  2017 was a horrible year for the Dominican hurler as he was suspended for 15 Games for domestic violence and his play on the field also plummeted.  He was traded during the 2018 season to Oakland.  He returned in 2019 as a Free Agent.
A member of the 1986 World Series Championship Team, Wally Backman was a “spark plug” of the squad.  A very popular player amongst the Mets fans, Backman would secure 670 Hits for the franchise.  He would also swipe over 100 bases as a Met.