All hail Matlack, Staub and Floyd! Enough already with Gooden, Seaver and Piazza. What follows are some surprising seasons from less celebrated ballplayers.
The criteria: First, the player needed to have at least one outstanding full season as a Met. And, with some exceptions, I stayed away from any player having a great season on one of the celebrated teams. I chose no one from ‘68-‘73, ‘86-‘88 or '99-'00, only a few players I felt had extenuating circumstances regarding their capacity to fly under-the-radar (UTR).
Mostly, the recipients were either secondary players, under-appreciated players, or players no one expected anything from. That's how they earned their wings.