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The New York Mets announce they will retire the number 36 of Jerry Koosman

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 2.28 ERA, and a second straight trip to the All-Star Game, but this was 1969, and a very special season.  This year, along with fellow Pitchers, Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan, would take the “Miracle Mets” to a shocking World Series Championship.  The Mets, who began their existence in 1962, had never had a winning season until ’69, and despite their Pennant win, they were expected to falter against the favored Baltimore Orioles.  The Mets would win in five with Koosman winning two Games, including the clinching Game 5.

Koosman played with the Mets until he was traded in 1978 to the Minnesota Twins.  His best regular season with New York was in 1976, where he had a career-best 21 Wins with a 2.69 ERA and 1.096 WHIIP.  He was the runner-up for the Cy Young Award that year.  Overall, as a New York Met, Koosman would have a record of 140-137 and 1,799 Strikeouts.

The retirement ceremony will take place on June 13, during the Mets’ home game against the Washington Nationals.

The other retired numbers by the Mets are Gil Hodges (#14), Mike Piazza (#31), Casey Stengel (#37), Tom Seaver (#41), and the league-mandated #42 of Jackie Robinson.

We here at would like to congratulate Jerry Koosman for earning this honor.

The New York Mets Will Retire Mike Piazza's Number.

Recently the Seattle Mariners announced that Ken Griffey Jr. will have his number retired by the organization; this following his selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Ken Griffey Jr. was not the only 2016 inductee as former Major League Catcher, Mike Piazza will be joining him.  Piazza will also enjoy a similar accolade, as the New York Mets have announced that they will be retiring his number.

Piazza joined the New York Mets following a trade from the Florida Marlins in 1998 and over a nearly 1,000 Game Career with the Mets, Piazza earned six All Star nods and three Silver Slugger Awards.  He would accumulate 1,028 Hits, 220 Home Runs, with a Slash Line of .296/.373/.542 Slash Line with a bWAR of 30.5.

The retirement of Mike Piazza’s number #31 will be the fourth Met to have his number retired.  This follows Tom Seaver, Gil Hodges and Casey Stengel to have this accolade.

The ceremony will take place prior to a game against the Colorado Rockies on July 30th.

We would like to congratulate Mike Piazza for achieving this latest accolade.

Our Top 50 All-Time New York Mets are now up

Yes we know how slow a process this is!

It has been awhile since we uploaded our last Top 50 players of a major franchise, but we are ready to do so again with a look at the greatest players in New York Mets history.

For one of the most popular franchises of Major League Baseball, the actual success of the organization is not that strong with only two World Series wins to their credit. 

The entire list of our Top 50 New York Mets can be found here, but in the meantime (as we always do) the top five are listed below.

  1. Tom Seaver
  1. Dwight Gooden
  1. David Wright
  1. Darryl Strawberry
  1. Jerry Koosman
Please note that this list is based on accomplishments up to the end of the 2016 Season. 

Up next will be a very young franchise from the NBA, the Toronto Raptors.

The New York Mets announce four new names for their franchise HOF

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 inducting will be inducting Jon Matlack, Ron Darling, Edgardo Alfonzo and Al Jackson into their franchise Hall of Fame.

Appearing for a handful of games in 1971, Matlack was named the 1972 Rookie of the Year and he would go to three consecutive All-Star Games (1974 to 1976).  With the Mets, he appeared in 203 Games with a record of 82-81 with 1,023 Strikeouts.

From Hawaii, Darling was an All-Star in 1985, and was a member of the Mets 1986 World Series Championship Team.  He would have six straight 12 Win seasons, all of which would not see him lose in double digit figures.  Darling would have a 99-70 record with 1,148 Strikeouts for the Mets.

Alfonso played for New York from 1995 to 2002, and he was an All-Star in 2000.  The Infielder would have 1,136 Hits for the team with 120 Home Runs.  

Jackson was an original Met who would have a 43-80 record as a Pitcher. He enters as a contributor who served the club for decades as a coach, minor league coach, minor league pitching coordinator and front office advisor.   

This quartet brings the Mets Hall of Fame membership to 30. 

We here at would like to congratulate the soon to be new members of the Mets Hall of Fame for earning this honor.

Our All-Time Top 50 New York Mets have been revised

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity.  As such, we are very happy to present the first revision of our top 50 New York Mets of all-time.

As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the National League. 

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

This is the first time that we have revised this specific list, which was first put up in 2016, and there are many changes, one of which affecting the top five.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2019 Season.

The complete list can be found herebut as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Tom Seaver


2. Dwight Gooden


3. David Wright


4. Darryl Strawberry


5. Jacob deGrom

The top four remains unchanged, but DeGrom ascent was astronomical, as he was at #40 when we put out our first Mets list in 2016.  Two straight Cy Youngs will do that!

Beyond DeGrom, the other significant jump was Noah Syndergaard, who jumped from #50 to #31.

We welcome your input and commentsand as always, we thank you for your support.

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23. Keith Hernandez

Just what would Keith Hernandez be most famous for?  Could it be for his eleven consecutive Gold Gloves?  How about his 1979 MVP?  The two World Series rings perhaps?  Maybe his tenacious play as a Met?  It could also be for his association with cocaine.  Likely, there are many who think of Keith Hernandez and remember that episode of Seinfeld instead.  Just as long as it isn’t for those terrible Just for Men commercials.

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43. David Cone

David Cone may not be best remembered for winning a Cy Young Award. He may be best known for being a true hired gun that baseball teams coveted for their stretch drive.

64. Jerry Koosman

You would think it would be hard to rank a Pitcher who once lost 20 games in a season on a list for Hall of Fame consideration. Actually, it wasn’t that hard at all.

In the year that Jerry Koosman lost twenty games, his stat lines were actually decent. In fact, he led the National League in Strikeouts per Nine Innings that season; however the run support that he received from his woeful Mets was virtually non-existent. It wasn’t always that way, as he was the lefty half of a powerful combination (with Tom Seaver) that propelled the “Miracle Mets” to the 1969 World Series. Considered to be the best lefty that the Mets ever had, Koosman won 140 games for them which was impressive considering that New York was not particularly good for half of that tenure. With what was perceived as up and down seasons, Koosman was resurrected in Minnesota and won 20 games making a solid charge for the Cy Young, but again he was saddled with a mediocre team, but now one out of the National spotlight.

77. Carlos Delgado

One of the more consistent hitters in his era, Carlos Delgado was only named to two All Star teams due to the glut of top tiered First Basemen in his time. He had great power numbers (473 Home Runs and 1,512 Runs Batted In) and had a very good career OPS of .929 which sound like Hall of Fame numbers, but his career WAR of 44.3 while although good, is not on par with a lot of the current players they are looking at.
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