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New York Mets: Men Who Have Gone from Zeroes to Heroes (or Vice Versa)
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The New York Mets have seen a number of players (such as Jeff Kent, pictured) have better careers before or after their time in Queens

The New York Mets just finished off their 50th season in the Major Leagues with a 74-88 season. During their 50-year tenure, the Mets have had their fair share of All-Stars, but have never had an MVP. They've had World Series heroes and future Hall-of-Famers. 

But as many Mets fans can attest to, there seems to be some sort of black cloud hovering over Queens when it comes to true superstar talent. There have been countless players that either came up through the Mets' system, only to have huge careers elsewhere, or big-name players that came to the Mets, only to burn out and produce little-to-nothing for the Mets.

There are some instances that will be left off of this list. The Mets' absurd trade of Nolan Ryan to the Angels for Jim Fregosi has been well-documented. Same can be said for their acquisitions of Yogi Berra and Willie Mays, just before the end of their respective Hall-of-Fame careers.  

So, let's take a look at some of the other all-time greats that were not great when playing in Flushing. 

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