Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com 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. Eventually, we are going to get to that of the Division I schools, and conferences. As such, it is news that New York Mets have announced the date of three former players’ (Edgardo Alfonso, Ron Darling and Jon Matlack) induction into their franchise Hall of Fame.
The original plan was to induct these three, last year, but COVID-19 put a damper on those plans. It will now take place on July 31, when the Mets host Cincinnati.
Edgardo Alfonso, Third Base (1995-02) 1,136 Hits, 120 Home Runs, 538 RBI, .292/.367/.445, 29.6 bWAR: Alfonso was a Silver Slugger in 1999 and an All-Star in 2000, and in both of those seasons he belted at least 25 Home Runs and batted over .300.
Ron Darling, Pitcher (1983-91) 99-70, 3.50 ERA, 1,148 Strikeouts, 1.288 WHIP, 16.7 bWAR: Darling was a member of the Mets 1986 World Series Championship Team, and was an All-Star in 1985. The native of Hawaii won at least 15 Games three times.
Jon Matlack, Pitcher (1971-77) 82-81, 3.03 ERA, 1,023 Strikeouts, 1.195 WHIP, 15.2 bWAR: Jon Matlack was the 1972 National League Rookie of the Year, and was an All-Star three years in a row from 1974 to 1976. Matlack helped the Mets win the Pennant in 1973 and twice led the NL in Shutouts.
Notably, the Mets also will be retiring Jerry Koosman’s number 36 on August 28 in a game against Washington. He joins Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza, Casey Stengel and Jackie Robinson in earning this honor.
We will be watching both of these events.