THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Catchers
Now to catcher, where the Mets have been very lucky. They have had some top-notch backstops over the years, including the greatest hitter in their history.
1) Mike Piazza (1998-2005)
That would be Mike Piazza. He is second in home runs, third in RBIs and fourth in batting average. He’ll be a Hall of Famer someday, wearing a Mets hat.
2) Gary Carter (1985-1989)
Carter wanted to go into the Hall of Fame as a Met, but the Hall insisted he be an Expo. Regardless, he’ll always be remembered as the missing piece of the 1986 World Series champions.
3) Jerry Grote (1966-1977)
How good was Grote defensively? Johnny Bench famously said that if he and Grote were on the same team, Bench would have to play third base. Enough said.
4) Todd Hundley (1990-1998)
Hundley’s 41 home runs in 1996 is still tied for the Mets single-season record. Hundley made two All-Star teams and is in the top 10 in career homers for the Mets.
5) John Stearns (1975-1984)
Stearns was a four-time All-Star, mostly because no one else on those terrible teams were worthy. But Stearns was pretty good in his own right; at one point he owned the record for stolen bases by a catcher (25 in 1978).
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Mug Shots courtesy Ultimate Mets Database
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Date: January 16, 2013