June 14: This Day In Mets History.

Mike KentSenior Writer IJune 14, 2009

1988:  Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets follows his swing during a game in the 1988 season. ( Photo by: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Looking on the Met Wiki I saw that today was a big day in Mets history. The Mets made two big trades on this day, one for the better and one for the worse.

My father wrote that they are the best and worst trades in baseball, and I would love to know what you think.

Let's start with the bad and make are way to the good.

The worst: 1977: The Mets trade pitcher Tom Seaver to the Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman.

As I wrote before in this article, my father wrote that this was the worst trade in Mets history. Before looking in to it I thought my father was crazy. As a young Mets fan I thought that trading the young and great Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano who did nothing as a Met, was the worst.

Tom Seaver had already pitched 13 seasons with the Mets meaning he was a bit old, but he did do well for the next few years of his career. And he even did something no Met had ever done in 1978 as he pitched a No-Hitter against the Cardinals as a member of the Reds.

He was traded back to the Mets in 1984 but he was not as good anymore. He was even a member of the Red Sox as the Mets beat them in the 1986 World Series, but he did not appear in the playoffs due to a Knee injury.

And what did they get for the great Tom Seaver? Nothing, the players the Mets got did not do much in the Major League level.


The best: 1983: The Mets acquire Keith Hernandez from the Cardinals for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.

Keith is a big reason the Mets won the 1986 World Series. The great first baseman was amazing as a member of the Mets.

He was the start of great things to come in New York. The Mets trade for the Gold Glove first baseman was the Mets trade of hope. Mets fans once again had a reason to get up in the morning and watch the Mets.

He played 6.5 seasons with the Mets, Hernandez's unconventional and signature defensive plays, most memorably the way he often took away the sacrifice bunt with his hard charging, went alongside his consistent greatness at first base.

And the Mets did not lose much making this trade as both Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey did not do much in the Majors.

By trading for Keith the Mets showed that once again they were in it to win it. Later in 1985, the Mets traded for Gary Carter and in 1986 traded for Sid Fernandez

As I wrote last time about May 11, I hope the Mets can add more big historic moments in there history today. As they send Johan Santana to the mound, maybe they get their first No-Hitter. Or the most runs in a game, maybe the most Home Runs in a game (it's the right time to do it in the hitters park Yankee stadium).