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The 20 Greatest New York Mets of All-Time

Updated 12/28/2022

To be eligible, position players needed 1,500 plate appearances and starting pitchers had to have started a minimum of 75 games for the franchise.

  1. Tom Seaver
    • Age: 22 – 32, 38
    • Years: 1967 – 1977, 1983
    • Position(s): SP

    Tom Seaver
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    76.0 74 401 395 198 124 2.57 3045.1 171 44 1 953 870 847 2541 20.8% 1.08

  2. David Wright
    • Age: 21 – 33, 35
    • Years: 2004 – 2016, 2018
    • Position(s): 3B

    David Wright
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    49.2 133 1585 6870 5998 949 1777 390 26 242 970 196 762 1292 .296 .376 .490 .867

  3. Jacob deGrom
    • Age: 26 – 34
    • Years: 2014 – 2022
    • Position(s): SP

    Jacob deGrom
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    42.1 65 209 209 82 57 2.52 1326.0 4 2 0 407 372 303 1607 30.8% 1.00

  4. Darryl Strawberry
    • Age: 21 – 28
    • Years: 1983 – 1990
    • Position(s): RF

    Darryl Strawberry
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    36.6 143 1109 4549 3903 662 1025 187 30 252 733 191 580 960 .263 .358 .519 .878

  5. Dwight Gooden
    • Age: 19 – 29
    • Years: 1984 – 1994
    • Position(s): SP

    Dwight Gooden
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    41.6 86 305 303 157 85 3.10 2169.2 67 23 1 823 747 651 1875 21.1% 1.17

  6. Carlos Beltran
    • Age: 28 – 34
    • Years: 2005 – 2011
    • Position(s): CF, RF

    Carlos Beltran
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    31.1 127 839 3640 3133 551 878 208 17 149 559 100 449 545 .280 .368 .500 .868

  7. Jerry Koosman
    • Age: 24 – 35
    • Years: 1967 – 1978
    • Position(s): SP

    Jerry Koosman
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    39.4 89 376 346 140 137 3.09 2544.2 108 26 5 994 875 820 1799 17.1% 1.22

  8. Keith Hernandez
    • Age: 29 – 35
    • Years: 1983 – 1989
    • Position(s): 1B

    Keith Hernandez
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    26.6 132 880 3684 3164 455 939 159 10 80 468 17 471 459 .297 .387 .429 .816

  9. Edgardo Alfonzo
    • Age: 21 – 28
    • Years: 1995 – 2002
    • Position(s): 2B, 3B

    Edgardo Alfonzo
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    29.6 115 1086 4449 3897 614 1136 212 14 120 538 45 458 498 .292 .364 .445 .810

  10. Mike Piazza
    • Age: 29 – 36
    • Years: 1998 – 2005
    • Position(s): C, 1B

    Mike Piazza
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    24.6 134 972 3941 3478 532 1028 193 2 220 655 7 424 546 .296 .372 .541 .914

  11. Al Leiter
    • Age: 32 – 38
    • Years: 1998 – 2004
    • Position(s): SP

    Al Leiter
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    28.0 81 213 213 95 67 3.42 1360 10 7 0 574 517 546 1106 19.2% 1.30

  12. John Olerud
    • Age: 28 – 30
    • Years: 1997 – 1999
    • Position(s): 1B

    John Olerud
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    17.3 146 476 2018 1662 288 524 109 5 63 291 5 306 206 .315 .425 .500 .925

  13. Jon Matlack
    • Age: 21 – 27
    • Years: 1971 – 1977
    • Position(s): SP

    Jon Matlack
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    26.6 87 203 199 82 81 3.03 1448 65 26 0 557 488 419 1023 17.2% 1.20

  14. Howard Johnson
    • Age: 24 – 32
    • Years: 1985 – 1993
    • Position(s): 3B, SS, CF

    Howard Johnson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    22.0 122 1154 4591 3968 627 997 214 18 192 629 202 556 827 .251 .341 .459 .800

  15. Jose Reyes
    • Age: 20 – 28, 33 – 35
    • Years: 2003 – 2011, 2016 – 2018
    • Position(s): SS, 3B, 2B

    Jose Reyes
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    27.9 103 1365 5931 5437 885 1534 272 113 108 521 408 428 676 .282 .332 .433 .765

  16. Sid Fernandez
    • Age: 21 – 30
    • Years: 1984 – 1993
    • Position(s): SP

    Sid Fernandez
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    27.7 88 255 250 98 78 3.14 1584.2 23 9 1 601 553 596 1449 22.4% 1.11

  17. Brandon Nimmo
    • Age: 23 – 29
    • Years: 2016 – 2022
    • Position(s): CF

    Brandon Nimmo
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    17.2 134 608 2368 1973 335 530 106 23 63 213 23 323 529 .269 .385 .441 .827

  18. Jeff McNeil
    • Age: 26 – 30
    • Years: 2018 – 2022
    • Position(s): 2B, LF

    Jeff McNeil
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    17.0 131 516 2039 1837 258 563 121 9 46 214 19 138 242 .306 .369 .457 .826

  19. Pete Alonso
    • Age: 24 – 27
    • Years: 2019 – 2022
    • Position(s): 1B

    Pete Alonso
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    14.3 138 530 2254 1963 310 512 90 5 146 380 10 223 499 .261 .349 .535 .884

  20. Cleon Jones
    • Age: 20, 22 – 32
    • Years: 1963, 1965 – 1975
    • Position(s): LF, CF, RF

    Cleon Jones
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    18.1 112 1201 4683 4223 563 1188 182 33 93 521 91 355 697 .281 .337 .406 .743

4 Comments »

  1. Mike Piazza, the second Met in the Hall Of Fame is number nine? Dave Magadan? Really? Ahead of Gary Carter, Rusty Staub, Tommie Agee, Ed Kranepool? Puh-leeze!

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  2. I’ve been a fan since ’64 and I agree with almost all of your picks. Carter’s omission was a miss. I realize he wasn’t here that long, and his arm was mostly shot, and his power diminished to warning track power over that time. But he was Gary F. Carter, man. He made the Mets matter more than they ever had, right when they mattered the most. He belongs. Someone ranted about Magadan in a comment posted last year, so apparently he’s since gotten bumped. Olerud was a terrific player who had his best three-season run in New York, but I’m not sure that’s enough to qualify here. Were his three excellent seasons more valuable than the four years McReynolds gave them. or the half dozen solid seasons contributed by Daniel Murphy? I’m not arguing for McReynolds or Murphy; I don’t think any of the three belong on this list. I agree with most of your pitchers, but disagree on Santana for the same reason. Final observation: No relievers. I have to think Franco’s fans might object, although I never understood his success over that stretch of time. Orosco as an honorable mention? I’ll cast a sentimental vote for Tug. Fun article. Thanks for posting.

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