Remembering the 1986 New York Mets: The Five Greatest Moments

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Remembering the 1986 New York Mets: The Five Greatest Moments

The '86 Mets came into the season with a point to prove. They had finished runner-up in the NL East the past two seasons, but they had shown steady improvement under Davey Johnson after the miserable years with George Bamberger and Joe Torre at the helm.

Darryl Strawberry had grown into an instant power hitter since bursting onto the scenes in 1983, and with Ron Darling, Lenny Dykstra, and Dwight Gooden all joining the Mets the previous season, they were in a solid position to challenge for the division crown.

The one missing piece of the puzzle came via Boston in the way of finesse pitcher Bob Ojeda. After a 9-11 record with the Red Sox in '85, Ojeda proved to be one of the most reliable arms in the National League in the 1986 season, posting a stellar 18-5 record with a 2.57 ERA.

With a strong nucleus already in place, a manager eager to win, and some young talent eager for their chance on the biggest stage, the Mets took the baseball world by storm.

From bench-clearing brawls, pitching duels, and dramatic victories, here are my five greatest moments from the memorable 1986 season.

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