Choosing The Mets "All-Time 9"

To commemorate September 9, 2009 (9/9/09), Major League Baseball released polls to determine the best single-season performance by position in each team's history. The Mets ballot can be found here. Unsurprisingly, the only statistics listed next to the players are batting average, home runs RBI, runs and stolen bases. There is no mention of on-base percentage or slugging percentage, as well as any adjustments for era, park factors, or playing time. Defense is not a factor in this poll and each player is eligible for just 1 nomination. Here is a breakdown of the options as well as my choice for each position (check out Metsmerized for another ballot). Players are listed in order from best wOBA to worst, although that was not the only statistic used to make the selections:

Pitcher

Player Year wOBA wRAA OPS+
Jason Isringhausen 1996 .304 -1.5 87
Dwight Gooden 1992 .291 -1.5 84
Mike Hampton 2000 .264 -5.6 53
George Stone 1973 .248 -2.7 52

 

Selection: Isringhausen

Catcher

Player Year wOBA wRAA OPS+
Mike Piazza 2000 .422 38.8 155
Todd Hundley 1996 .376 21.4 140
Gary Carter 1985 .369 25.5 138
John Stearns 1978 .354 15.2 121
Paul Lo Duca 2006 .343 5.5 102

 

Selection: Piazza

1st Base

Player Year wOBA wRAA OPS+
John Olerud 1998 .429 54.1 163
Keith Hernandez 1986 .383 32.2 140
Donn Clendenon 1970 .378 20.1 129
Carlos Delgado 2008 .364 20.4 127
Eddie Murray 1993 .344 9.3 111

 

Selection: Olerud

2nd Base

Player Year wOBA wRAA OPS+
Edgardo Alfonzo 1999 .386 28.4 125
Gregg Jefferies 1990 .347 14.2 111
Luis Castillo 2009 .346 7.2 103
Wally Backman 1986 .343 7.8 113
Ron Hunt 1964 .341 13.4 118
Jeff Kent 1993 .335 3.7 104

 

Selection: Alfonzo

3rd Base

Player Year wOBA wRAA OPS+
David Wright 2007 .420 53.3 150
Howard Johnson 1989 .416 50.6 169
Robin Ventura 1999 .386 28.4 129
Len Randle 1977 .351 12.9 117
Ray Knight 1986 .344 9.9 115

 

Selection: Wright, with Johnson a very close 2nd

Shortstop

Player Year wOBA wRAA OPS+
Jose Reyes 2006 .367 21.3 115
Kazuo Matsui 2004 .320 -4.2 88
Frank Taveras 1979 .288 -20.8 76

 

Selection: Reyes

Outfield (pick 3, obviously)

Player Year wOBA wRAA OPS+
Darryl Strawberry 1987 .415 47.6 162
Carlos Beltran 2006 .412 42.4 150
Cleon Jones 1969 .406 38.4 151
Bernard Gilkey 1996 .404 38.4 155
Rickey Henderson 1999 .399 26.3 127
Lee Mazzili 1979 .382 31.9 135
Lenny Dykstra 1986 .375 21.6 129
Kevin McReynolds 1988 .375 28.7 142
Roger Cedeno 1999 .374 15.2 106
Bobby Bonilla 1993 .372 21.5 132
Cliff Floyd 2005 .369 22.2 126
Lance Johnson 1996 .369 20.6 125
Rusty Staub 1975 .368 23.5 131
Tommie Agee 1969 .362 22.8 122
Frank Thomas 1962 .360 19.0 118
Dave Kingman 1976 .357 15.6 128

 

Selection: Strawberry, Beltran, Jones (with Gilkey choice 3a; tie goes to Jones because of the 1969 World Series)

Keep in mind this isn't necessarily a collection of the best offensive seasons by position (for instance, Alfonzo's 2000 was better than his 1999).  It's the best lineup selected from MLB.com's ballot.

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