The New York Mets will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next April. In 50 years, they have produced a multitude of great players. They have won two World Series titles and four NL Championships. They have had Cy Young award winners and a batting champion. The Mets have done it all.
When taking a closer look at the many players that have helped them accomplish all of these accolades, dozens of players stand out. Among those dozens, how many actually would be considered a top-25 franchise player? I thought it would be fun to organize a list like that.
In order to compile a list of this magnitude, there have to be some ground rules, otherwise the task becomes impossible. Rule one: The player must have been with the team for four years or more at the very least. By doing this, we rule out the many utility players and short-term free agents. Players like Tommy Herr and Mike Bordick get eliminated from contention due to this.
Rule two: The player must have had some of his formidable years as a Mets player. The Mets have had many Hall of Fame players on their rosters. Nolan Ryan, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray and Rickey Henderson have all been Mets. As much as I'd like to give the Mets credit for Nolan Ryan's seven no-hitters or Willie Mays' 660 home runs, I can't. Therefore, they have to be put on the back burner.
Finally, rule three: personal favorites have to be cast aside. In order to properly compile this, I have to use the statistics and see how each player measures up against the other. As much as I would love to add a Jeromy Burnitz or a John Olerud, I can't. It wouldn't be fair or objective.
There will be some surprises on this list. For example, names like Tommy Agee and Gary Carter are not on it. Their numbers as Mets just don't compare to the rest here. If you're still reading, then let's move on to No. 25.
Author's note: All statistics and resources used in the compilation of this article were from MLB.com/mets, baseball-reference.com, Google and wikipedia. Stats and rankings were used as a guide only and are therefore deemed subjective.