THE List: 10 Most Hated Mets

Doug Sisk (1982-1987)
The standard by which all hated Mets are held.

Kevin McReynolds (1987-1991, 1994)
His lazy, lackadaisical style of play infuriated fans.

Vince Coleman (1991-1993)
He was just a jerk.

Bobby Bonilla (1992-1995, 1999)
What to hate most — the earplugs, the medicore numbers, threatening a reporter? I’ll go with the latter, because in the effort of full disclosure, the reporter, Art McFarland, was a former colleague at WABC-TV, and is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Watch the ridiculous confrontation:

Mel Rojas (1997-1998)
In a case of the lesser of two evils, was traded straight-up for Bonilla after the ’98 season.

Armando Benitez (1999-2003)
Was great from April to mid-September, but famously choked in big games.

Braden Looper (2004-2005)
Deserves credit for absorbing the boos during his lousy second season, and not telling the media he was pitching injured all year.

Guillermo Mota (2006-2007)
He should have stayed on the steroids — he was actually really good when juiced. Clean? — not so much.

Scott Schoeneweis (2007-2008)
Was it just me, or were the Mets announcers late in 2007 always saying, “It’s Schoeneweis and Mota warming up in the bullpen?”

Luis Castillo (2007-present)
Is having a nice bouce-back 2009 season that has quieted the fans. He just might work his way off of this list, but the boos he got in 2008 were among the worst since, well, Doug Sisk.

Mug Shots courtesy Ultimate Mets Database,

13 thoughts on “THE List: 10 Most Hated Mets

  • October 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Sisk isn’t hated. He pitched in bad luck. How about Saberhagen instead? How about George Foster? As for McReynolds, yeah he was lazy but in the outfield he went to the line better than 99% of the other stifss the Mets have out there since Cleon Jones.

  • October 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Just found your site and I love it. The most hated Met of all time has
    to be M. Donald Grant (I know he wasn’t a player). He singlehandedly
    did more to ruin the franchise than all the Bonillas and Colemans in the
    world. Also, George Foster should have made the list.

  • October 26, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    What about Roberto Alomar?

  • October 27, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Kevin McReynolds??? He had a few nice years for the Mets.

    What about Ollie Perez??!!! He’s up there with Osama Bin Laden and Hillary Clinton in my book!!!

    Norm E. you were dead nuts right on with M.Donald Grant!! I remember reading that he complained about having to be escorted around Shea by security guards.

    What about Pat Zachary? The idiot punches a wall and breaks his hand – out for the rest of the year.

    I also agree with Paul C., Saberhagen was a bum.

  • October 28, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Carlos Delgado deserves to be on this list as he quit on the team for not trying to make an effort to come back from injury, plus he never sat with the team when he was hurt & support the other players, a true clubhouse cancer. Ollie Perez should be on here as well.

  • October 29, 2009 at 10:43 am

    How could I have forgotten Timo Perez? Way to hustle.

  • November 3, 2009 at 9:58 am

    And then there was Aaron Heilman. You just knew that if he came into the game, the Mets were going to lose. Whether he lost his confidence, or his fastball/curveball, it didn’t matter. Mets fans abandoned all hope when Heilman entered.

  • November 10, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Dont forget Roger Cedano, he got some really intense boos and for a long time.

  • August 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Who writes this nonsense??? How do you leave off Jason Bay and Oliver Perez in favor of Mota and Looper?????

  • August 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I wrote this in 2009 before the career downturns of Bay and Perez. Still though, I think Mota and Looper were more hated by Mets fans than Bay. I don’t think fans really hated Bay. He obviously wasn’t a favorite, but I think there was more disappointment than hatred.

    Perez would, of course, make the list today.

  • September 19, 2013 at 8:28 am

    How about George Foster, who took his big (at the time) contract and essentially retired while still in active duty as a Met by not showing any hustle, power, anything?

    Also, Neil Allen, who was so loved by management and so rotten out of the bullpen. I was amazed when the front office turned him around for Keith Hernandez.

    Let’s not forget Strawberry after he boldly proclaimed that he and his pal Eric Davis would be playing for the Dodgers one day soon, all the while playing for the Mets.

  • September 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Everything you said is right, but this is a list of hated players, not crummy players. A lot of fans didn’t like Strawberry, but plenty did. I can’t imagine that anyone hated Allen. As far as Foster, he may not have been very popular because of his disappointing play, but he wasn’t as hated as the players on the list.

  • July 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    i would add Mickey Lolich
    traded for star outfielder Rusty Staub. Lolich went 8-13, in 1976 and retired.

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