In their 50-year history, the New York Mets have had 51 players selected to the MLB All-Star Game. Six members of their 2006 team were All-Stars, the most in any single season. Last season, David Wright and R.A Dickey traveled to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for the Midsummer Classic.
The 2013 MLB All-Star Game will be held at CitiField in Queens, the home of the Mets. It's always a thrill for the hometown fans to see their own appear in the game. In 2012, the Royals faithful got to see Billy Butler take one at-bat on his home field.
Who will the Mets faithful get to see at CitiField in 2013?
The following is a list of Mets who have the potential to be All-Stars this coming season, starting with the most likely, all the way down to the dark horses (roster current as of December 16, 2012).
Amongst all of the greats to wear a Mets uniform, only Tom Seaver (9), Darryl Strawberry (7) and Mike Piazza (7) have been selected to more All-Star Games than David Wright (6).
Remember, Wright is only 30 years old.
The Mets' third baseman recently signed a life-long contract that should keep the Norfolk native in Queens for the rest of his career.
Now entrenched as the face of the franchise, Wright figures to see his name in the Midsummer Classic lineup more than a few more times in the coming years.
Johan Santana has been somewhat of an enigma since joining the Mets in 2008. Lofty expectations surrounded the former Cy Young Award winner (for obvious reasons) upon his arrival in Queens. After all, the left-hander was twice the American League's best pitcher.
While Santana had a terrific first year with the Mets (16 wins and a league-best 2.53 ERA), he's only been an All-Star once in his five seasons since joining the squad. Injuries have gotten the best of him for the better part of his Mets tenure, and he missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Santana returned in 2012 and even pitched the Mets' first ever no-hitter. However, he finished with a sub-.500 record and an ERA greater than 4.00.
The ace of the Mets staff of course has the potential to bounce back and get selected to the All-Star Game in 2013—but he'll continue to have some tough competition in the National League.
If you ignore that .227 batting average, Ike Davis had a rather good season in 2012. The Mets first baseman smashed 32 home runs, with 20 of them coming in the second half.
He's yet to be selected to his first All-Star Game, but he's only 25 years old with just two full seasons under his belt (plus an injury-shortened 2011 campaign). If Davis is able to build on his 2012 season and tap into that deep potential (he was the Mets' first-round draft pick in 2008), Mets fans could see their man take first base on July 16 at CitiField.
Like Davis, left-handed starter Jon Niese has yet to be selected to his first All-Star Game. However, over his five seasons with the Mets, Niese has seen his game continue to improve year after year.
He had his best season in 2012, finishing with a 3.40 ERA and 155 strikeouts. Fans will be counting on Niese to build on last season as the Mets' No. 2 starter. If the offense is able to supply him with a little more run support in 2013, we could be seeing the 26-year-old making his first All-Star Game.