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THE List: Top 10 2013 Mets Moments

THE List: Top 10 2013 Mets Moments

Harvey vs. Strasburg — 4/19/13 Matt Harvey was 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA going into his duel with Stephen Strasburg, so Mets fans already knew Harvey was something special. But this was his coming out party for the rest of the nation. Harvey responded by allowing one run over seven innings and easily besting Strasburg. […]

THE List: Top 10 Most Important Mets Trades

THE List: Top 10 Most Important Mets Trades

Donn Clendenon (6/15/69) In the first trade that truly changed the face of the franchise, the Mets acquired Clendenon at the trade deadline in 1969. All he did was hit 12 home runs in 72 games to help the Mets win the NL East, then hit three homers to win the MVP of the World […]

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THE List: Top 10 2012 Mets Moments

Scott Hairston Hits for Cycle — 4/27/12 Hairston was a surprising bright spot in 2012, hitting a career high 20 home runs. His best day actually came during one of the team’s worst losses of the year — he hit for the cycle in a wild game in Colorado that the Mets lost 18-9. Johan Santana […]

THE List: 10 Worst Mets Trades

THE List: 10 Worst Mets Trades

Amos Otis & Bob Johnson for Joe Foy (12/3/69) The classic bad Mets trade. Hey, without it we would never know who Joe Foy was! Nolan Ryan, Leroy Stanton, Francisco Estrada & Don Rose for Jim Fregosi (12/10/71) I don’t know what’s worse — trading Ryan for a washed up Fregosi, or having to include […]

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THE List: 10 Best Mets Pitchers

Tom Seaver (1967-1976, 1983) Well, obviously. Tops in wins (198), strikeouts (2541) and ERA (2.57) for the Mets. Three Cy Young awards. Hall of Fame. Need I go on? Jerry Koosman (1968-1978) Koosman was underrated. Third in wins and strikeouts. In fact, when he retired, he was in the top 10 all-time in strikeouts. He […]

THE List: Top 10 2011 Mets Moments

THE List: Top 10 2011 Mets Moments

Luis Castillo & Oliver Perez Released — 3/18/11, 3/21/11 Alderson was smart to bring them into camp to see if they had anything to offer. Of course they did not, so they were cut loose despite the Mets still being on the hook for $18 million, much to the delight of Mets fans. Osama bin Laden […]

THE List: Top 10 Worst Mets Relievers

THE List: Top 10 Worst Mets Relievers

Butch Metzger (1978) Metzger won the Rookie of the Year in 1976. When the Mets got him two years later at age 26 he was already washed up. In his one year with the Mets and his final year in baseball he had a 6.51 ERA and more walks than strikeouts. He was so bad […]

THE List: Top 10 Mets Team Disappointments

THE List: Top 10 Mets Team Disappointments

Gil Hodges Dies: 4/2/72 People remember where they were on 9/11 or when JFK was assassinated, but I remember where I was when  Hodges died. I was watching some kind of quiz show (it might have been a college bowl-type show) on the Mets flagship WOR when they “interrupted this broadcast for breaking news” that […]

THE List: Top 10 Mets Player Seasons

THE List: Top 10 Mets Player Seasons

Tom Seaver (1969) 25-7, 2.21 era, 208 ks The list is limited to one season per player, or Seaver would be on it about five times. 1969 was his best year — he won his first of three Cy Youngs as well as 25 games, a Mets record that still stands. Dwight Gooden (1985) 24-4, […]

THE List: Top 10 2010 Mets Moments

THE List: Top 10 2010 Mets Moments

Mets Sign Jason Bay — 1/5/10 It took more than two months, but Omar Minaya finally got his man, signing Bay to a four-year, $66 million contract. Bay was the power hitter the Mets thought they needed to put them over the top. 20 Inning Game in St. Louis – 4/17/10 It was a game for […]

THE List: Top 10 Mets Trade Steals

THE List: Top 10 Mets Trade Steals

Jerry Grote (1966-1977) For some guy named Tom Parsons who never played in the majors again, the Mets got an All Star catcher who was able to bring the greatness out of a young pitching staff. Johnny Bench famously said if he and Grote were on the same team, Bench would have to play third […]

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THE List: 10 Biggest Mets Jerks

Dave Kingman (1975-1977, 1981-1983) Kingman was notoriously prickly with the media with the Mets. Things got worse when he left, once sending a rat in a box to a  female sportswriter when he was with the A’s. Read this really good article by Joe Posnaski on his feelings about Kingman. Despite it all, he’s still  one of […]

THE List: 10 Best/Worst Mets Managers

THE List: 10 Best/Worst Mets Managers

BEST: Casey Stengel (1962-1965), 175-404 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 Everybody who played for Hodges revered him, saying he was the driving force behind the […]

THE List: Top 10 Mets Stories of the Decade

THE List: Top 10 Mets Stories of the Decade

This decade with no name was an interesting one for the New York Mets. They started high, then quickly went down to the depths, only to rise again, and then another steep decline in a shocking fashion. Let’s take a look at the top 10 stories for the Mets this decade: 2000 Subway Series The […]

THE List: 10 Most Memorable Mets Home Runs

THE List: 10 Most Memorable Mets Home Runs

Tommie Agee (10/14/69) Game 3 of the 1969 World Series was one for the ages for Agee. He is best remembered for those two sensational catches that saved five runs in a 5-0 win. But he also led off the game with a home run, setting the tone for the rest of the game, letting […]

THE List: 10 Best Mets Broadcasters

THE List: 10 Best Mets Broadcasters

Ralph Kiner (1962-2013) Despite his penchant for misspeaking, Kiner was an excellent announcer. Unlike today’s breed of commentator, he rarely used the word “I” when giving analysis. My favorite Kiner’s Korner moment was when he had Mookie Wilson and Danny Heep on the show, and Heep was wearing eye black. Kiner said, “Danny is wearing […]

THE List: 10 Best Players to Wear Mets Uniform

THE List: 10 Best Players to Wear Mets Uniform

Gil Hodges (1962-1963) Not in the Hall of Fame, but he certainly should be. His 2 seasons with the Mets don’t help his case, hitting 9 homers in just 65 games.  For his career, Hodges hit 370 homers, and drove in more than 100 runs 7 years in a row. Duke Snider (1963) Snider hit […]

THE List: 10 Most Disappointing Mets

THE List: 10 Most Disappointing Mets

Elliott Maddox (1978-1980) The Mets sat out the first couple of years of free agency before taking the plunge with Maddox. A lot was expected of their first big signing, and all he delivered in three years was seven homers and a .255 batting average. Tim Leary (1981, 1983-1984) Leary was the number two pick […]

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THE List: 10 Best Mets Careers

Cleon Jones (1963-1975) 2nd all time in hits, 4th in triples, 7th in doubles & RBIs. Batted .340 in 1969.  An underrated Mets career. Tom Seaver (1967-1977, 1983) Leads team in every pitching category. Won Rookie of the Year & 3 Cy Young Awards, and even had a save. Jerry Koosman (1967-1978) A career of almosts […]

THE List: 10 Most Hated Mets

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 […]

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THE List: 10 Most Popular Mets

Tug McGraw (1965-1967, 1969-1974) Came up with “You Gotta Believe,” willing the 1973 Mets to the East title. Tom Seaver (1967-1977, 1983) How could a player who is the all-time face of a franchise be lost to that team not once, but twice? Only the Mets. Rusty Staub (1972-1975, 1981-1985) With all the food at […]