From Tom Seaver to Darryl Strawberry to Mike Piazza, the New York Mets have had many great players over the years. It’s not easy picking an all-time team, but here’s a try:
C – Mike Piazza
Piazza spent eight years with the Mets, coming over in a blockbuster trade with the Florida Marlins in 1998. The 12-time All Star and future Hall of Famer holds the record for most home runs by a catcher and led the Mets to the post-season in both 1999 and 2000.
Piazza gets the edge over another Hall of Famer, Gary Carter, who helped the Mets win the World Series in 1986.
1B – Keith Hernandez
Hernandez arrived in New York in a 1983 trade with the St. Louis Cardinals and immediately changed the attitude and culture around the team with his clutch hitting and superb fielding.
Widely regarded as the greatest defensive first baseman of all-time, Hernandez won 11 Gold Gloves and was named to five All-Star teams in his career. Hernandez batted over .300 seven times and holds the single-season record for game winning RBI with 24 in 1985.
2B – Edgardo Alfonzo
“Fonzie,” as he was affectionately called by fans, played for the Mets from 1995-2002. Typically batting out of the second spot in the order, Alfonzo hit over .300 four times as a Met and was a dangerous RBI man. He made the All-Star team in 2000, helping to lead the Mets to the World Series.
3B – David Wright
The Mets have had a revolving door at third base throughout their history. But all of that changed with the arrival of David Wright to New York in 2004. Wright made the All-Star teams in both 2006 and 2007 and presently has a career .307 batting average. The young slugger, still just 25 years old, became a member of the 30 HR - 30 SB club in 2007.
SS – Jose Reyes
Another current Met, Reyes is regarded as one of the most exciting players in baseball with his rare combination of speed and power. Reyes, age 25, has already accumulated 251 stolen bases in his young career, leading the National League three times. Like Wright, Reyes made the All-Star teams in 2006 and 2007.
LF – Cleon Jones
Jones played for the Mets for 12 seasons and was a key member of the 1969 Miracle Mets. A career .281 hitter, Jones enjoyed his best season in 1969, batting .340. He also starred for the 1973 “Ya Gotta Believe” team that won the NL pennant. To date, he remains among the Mets’ all-time leaders in hits, at-bats and games played.
CF – Mookie Wilson
Arguably the most popular Met of all-time, Mookie starred for New York from 1980-1989 and is their all-time leader in stolen bases and triples. Mookie is perhaps best known for his role in Game Six of the 1986 World Series, when his slow roller trickled through Bill Buckner’s legs and helped spur the Mets to the championship.
RF – Darryl Strawberry
Drafted first overall in the 1980 amateur draft, Strawberry arrived in New York at age 19 and quickly emerged as one of the most feared sluggers in baseball. After winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1983, “Straw” made the All-Star team seven times as a Met and averaged over 30 home runs a year between 1983 and 1990.
P – Tom Seaver
Known as “The Franchise” and “Tom Terrific,” Seaver was the first truly great Met, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1967 and Cy Young Awards in 1969, 1973 and 1975. A 12-time All Star, a 300-game winner and a first ballot Hall of Famer, Seaver’s number 41 was retired by the Mets in 1988, the only Mets player to be bestowed such an honor.