As we move through the Mets' team history, we come to the 1990s. By 1990, the Mets had been in the midst of their best stretch ever by finishing no lower than second place from 1984-1990. However, after the 1990 season, many things changed.
Star outfielder Darryl Strawberry chose to sign a long-term contract with the Dodgers and the 1991 Mets suffered, but that was mostly thanks to a bad second-half collapse. A new general manager and manager then came in and brought veterans, headaches and chaos to the Mets in 1992. As a result, the Mets became a laughingstock in 1992 and an even bigger bunch of underachievers in 1993 when they lost more than 100 games for the first time since the 1960s.
By the end of 1993, the Mets already had both another new general manager and a new manager.
The Mets began to turn the corner in 1994, but that season of course was cut short thanks to the players' strike that summer. Furthermore, longtime ace Dwight Gooden tested positive again for cocaine and his Mets tenure came to an end. In 1995, the Mets started to get younger by bringing up younger players, including "Generation K," which consisted of three starting pitchers that had a ton of potential, but they all ended up spending more time on the disabled list than the pitching mound.
While 1996 was not a good season overall for the Mets, it will be more remembered for the amazing seasons that Lance Johnson, Bernard Gilkey and Todd Hundley had that year. Finally, in 1997, the Mets really started to come together and surprised everyone by finishing in third place in the NL East. The Mets then finished in second place in 1998 with the exact same record they had in 1997, but this time, they barely missed the postseason.
In 1999 though, the Mets really put it all together and made it to the postseason for the first time since 1988.
Unlike the 1980s, the Mets did not have the very best players in the league during the 1990s. However, at times, the Mets were still able to compete and win a good number of games. With this being said, here is the Mets' 1990s All-Decade Team.