THE List: 10 Best/Worst Mets Managers

BEST:

Casey Stengel (1962-1965), 175-404
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It doesn’t matter that Stengel’s .302  winning percentage is the worst in Mets history. The greatest showman in baseball history made the Mets relevant when they were simply awful on the field.

Gil Hodges (1968-1971),  339-309
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Everybody who played for Hodges revered him, saying he was the driving force behind the 1969 Miracle Mets. It would have been nice to see how far he could have taken the franchise.

Davey Johnson (1984-1990), 595-417
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Johnson’s .588 winning percentage is the best in Mets history. He led the team to the 1986 World Series title — a team should have won more than one, but it wasn’t Johnson’s fault.

Bobby Valentine (1996-2002), 536-457
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Valentine is still beloved by Mets fans who are hoping he will some day return to the dugout in Flushing. His personality sometimes rubs people the wrong way, but he has a brilliant baseball mind.

Willie Randolph (2005-2008), 302-253
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Yeah, I’m surprised, too. But you can’t ignore the fact that Randolph’s .544 winning percentage is second best in team history. It also shows how checkered the Mets managerial past is.

WORST:

Joe Torre (1977-1981), 286-420
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Torre will go into the Hall of Fame as a manager, but not because of his work with the Mets. He was in way over his head. In Torre’s defense, he went right from the field to the dugout, and had to learn as he went.

George Bamberger (1982-1983), 81-127
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Bamberger was like your kindly old uncle who wasn’t a very good baseball manager.

Jeff Torborg (1992-1993), 85-115
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Torborg was pretty much clueless during his two years at the helm at Shea.

Dallas Green (1993-1996), 229-283
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Green wasn’t much better, and he was kind of a jerk. That’s why he made the list over Joe Frazier.

Art Howe (2003-2004), 137-186
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Ah, Art Howe. A nice enough guy by all accounts, but just a listless manager whose teams played with little fire. But hey, at least they battled.

Mug Shots Courtesy Ultimate Mets Database, http://ultimatemets.com/mugshots.php

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