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THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Relief Pitchers

We end the rankings out in the bullpen. The Mets have had so many top-notch relievers over the years that I did not have to include Armando Benitez in the top five. 1) John Franco (1990-2001, 2003-2004) Franco is the all-time franchise leader in saves with 276. He led the league in saves twice with […]

THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Starting Pitchers

THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Starting Pitchers

With all of the Mets position players done, it is time now to turn to pitchers. I’ll begin with the starters. Gee, I can’t imagine who will be number one… 1) Tom Seaver (1967-1977, 1983) Seaver leads the franchise in all pitching categories. He won three Cy Young Awards, Rookie of the Year, made nine […]

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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 […]

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THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Right Fielders

We complete the outfield rankings with a trip to right field where I was forced to include one of the most hated players in Mets history. 1) Darryl Strawberry (1983-1990) Strawberry is one of the best players in team history. He won the Rookie of the Year and was a seven-time All-Star. He still leads […]

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THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Center Fielders

Moving now to center field, where the Mets have had some pretty good players over the years, complete with All-Stars, Gold Glove winners and some memorable plays in the field. 1) Carlos Beltran (2005-2011) Beltran had three and a half solid years in Flushing and three crummy ones; two of those because of injury. Still […]

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THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Left Fielders

The Mets position rankings move to the outfield, starting with left field. I know you are all shocked, but Jason Bay just missed the cut. If only the Mets had given him one more chance… 1) Cleon Jones (1963, 1965-1975) Jones had one of the more underrated Mets careers. He hit .340 in 1969 and […]

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THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Shortstops

Now onto Mets shortstop. Number one was easy. Finding a number five was not. 1) Jose Reyes (2003-2011) Reyes is the all-time Mets leader in triples and stolen bases, records that won’t be broken anytime soon. Reyes won the first batting title in Mets history in 2011 and was a four-time All-Star. 2) Bud Harrelson […]

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THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Third Basemen

We move now to third base, historically the most troublesome position for the Mets. They’ve had some luck lately finding a guy to anchor the position, but it wasn’t always that way. They say 687 men played third base for the Mets in the past 50 years. That seems about right. 1) David Wright (2004-present) […]

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THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Second Basemen

Today’s installment of the rankings takes us to second base, where greatness was hard to find. I did manage to leave Luis Castillo off the list, which will please Mets fans everywhere. 1) Edgardo Alfonzo (1995-2002) Alfonzo played some third for the Mets but really made his name as a second baseman. He was part […]

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THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets First Basemen

This is the first installment of a new series in which I rank the top five players at each position in Mets history. This was a difficult process at times; the Mets are, let’s say “lean” at a few positions. There were times in which it was not easy to come up with five players. […]