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.
A bench player for the Mets in their 1986 World Series Championship win, Dave Magadan seemed to constantly fight for a starting job in the lineup.  Magadan would eventually become one (only to always have to look over his shoulder) and would produce some decent hitting for New York, the best of which was the 1990 season where he batted .328, which was good enough for third in the NL.
As of this writing, Jacob deGrom is in his seventh season and the "deGrominator" is coming off the run of his life.To date, the Mets are the only team that he has played for, and he got off to a great start, winning the Rookie of the Year in 2011.  deGrom went to his first All-Star Game in 2015 and was seventh in Cy Young voting when he had a season of 14 Wins with 205 Strikeouts and a sub-1.000 WHIP.  2016 was not great, but he came back with a 15-8 record in an eighth place Cy Young finish.  That…
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
In the 16 year MLB career of Steve Trachsel, the best run of his career arguably took place in New York.  As a Met, Trachsel won 16 games (the most he ever did in a season) in the 2003 season and was regarded for his defensive prowess.
While much was expected of Todd Hundley, he still would have a decent career in Major League Baseball, the best seasons if which occurred as a New York Met.  Hundley’s best seasons were in 1996 and 1997 where he would be named an All Star and put forth 41 and 30 Home Run seasons respectively both with .550 Slugging Percentages.
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.
With the flowing blonde hair and tall frame, Noah Syndergaard, has the nickname of "Thor".  Many days, he pitched just like it.
Regular visitors of know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  As such, it is news to us that the New York Mets will be retiring the #36 of Jerry Koosman this season. Koosman made his major league debut with the Mets in 1967, and in the following season, he was an All-Star with a 19-12 record and a 2.08 ERA.  He followed that with a 17-9 campaign with a…