Time now to move to the National League- the Mount Rushmore of All-Time New York Mets.
- TOM SEAVER- A no-brainer as the greatest Met of all time. The Mets have been around since 1962 and they only have two players who are in the Hall of Fame with the Mets cap on. Seaver and Mike Piazza. Trading him to the Reds in 1977 was the biggest mistake they ever made. He won his three Cy Young Awards as a Met, he was the Rookie of the Year in 1967 and made 10 All-Star teams in the Met uniform. All 5 of his 20 win seasons came as a Met. He is The Franchise. The best pitcher of his era. During his 20 year career he won 311 lost 205 with a 2.86 ERA. His greatest season was the 1969 season when he won 25 games and led the Miracle Mets to their first championship. He is the only Hall of Famer from that team and looking at their every day roster it is hard to believe they even made the playoffs let along pulled off the miracle. If Seaver isn’t the best pitcher I’ve seen in 51 seasons of watching baseball he is on the very very short list. Hate hearing the recent health news concerning Tom Terrific.
2. DAVID WRIGHT- Was on the road to the Hall of Fame until injuries wreck his career. His career for the most part ended in 2014 at the age of 31 with back, neck and shoulder issues. A 7 time All-Star and 2 time Gold Glover- even with his career being cut so short he is still the Mets all time record holder for RBI’s doubles, total bases, runs scored, walks and hits. A .296 career hitter- he could do it all on the field- a tragedy his career was so short.
3. MIKE PIAZZA- After Seaver it is a tough filling out the Mount Rushmore of Mets. Piazza spent 8 seasons with the Mets and hit 220 home runs and hit .296 during his time in New York. Possibly the greatest hitting catcher ever. During his career a .308 career hitter which for a catcher is incredible. Piazza spent most of his time with the Mets 8 seasons and the Dodgers 7. Was a 4 time All-Star as a Met. His greatest years were with the Dodgers but he did well enough with the Mets to warrant inclusion on their Mount Rushmore. One of the great rags to riches baseball stories- was drafted by the Dodgers in the 62nd round in 1988- as a favor from Tommy Lasorda who was friends with Piazza’s dad- if there hadn’t been that connection would Piazza- a Hall of Famer- even have gotten a chance?
4.DWIGHT ‘DOC’ GOODEN: Another ‘what might have been.”- Gooden’s best seasons were at the age of 19 and 20 when he was total domination. In 1985 his second season at age 20 he was 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA winning the Cy Young Award. As a 19 year old he finished second in the Cy Young voting. He looked like he was headed to the Hall of Fame and not only that but to having one of the greatest pitching careers ever. Maybe he pitched too much at a young age- arm issues and drug/alcohol problems would plague him and although his career stats look pretty good 194 wins 112 loses and a 3.51 ERA- his last good year was at the age of 23. As great as he was for that short period of time-his career is viewed as a disappointment- same with his old friend from the Mets Darryl Strawberry- another Met from that era who had the talent to have been an immortal.