New York MetsDownload App

New York Mets: All Time "Homegrown" Team

NEW YORK - APRIL 03: Shortstop Jose Reyes of the New York Mets stands in the rain during an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox on April 3, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The game marks the first time the Mets play in their new ballpark.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mets PoliceSenior Analyst ISeptember 5, 2016

After yesterday's look at homegrown players on Opening Day, I started to think about what the Mets All-Time Homegrown Team might look like.

To clarify, I am defining a homegrown player as someone who had their first Major League appearance in a Mets uniform.

Yes I know that a "true" homegrown would be someone who came all the way up through the Mets farm system, but honestly, I don't have the time or patience to do that level of research.

So here's my full 25-man roster:

Starting Lineup
SS - Jose Reyes (755 Games)
2B - Edgardo Alfonzo (1,086)
3B - David Wright (703)
RF - Darryl Strawberry (1,109)
C - Todd Hundley (829)
1B - Ed Kranepool (1,853)
LF - Cleon Jones (1,201)
CF - Mookie Wilson (1,116)

Bud Harrelson (1,322)
Lee Mazzilli (979)
Wally Backman (765)
John Milner (741)
Hubie Brooks (654)
Ron Hodges (666)

Tom Seaver (401 Games, 198 Wins)
Dwight Gooden (305, 157)
Jerry Koosman (376, 140)
Ron Darling (257, 99)
Jon Matlack (203, 82)

Jesse Orosco (368 Relief Appearances, 107 Saves)
Tug McGraw (325, 86)
Jeff Innis (287, 5)
Aaron Heilman (280, 9)
Roger McDowell (278, 84)
Craig Swan (184 Starts, 45 Relief)

Feel free to debate—I know there are some guys I left off (Wayne Garret, Bobby Jones, for example).

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices