Top 50 Mets

Top 50 Mets of All Time, #29: Robin Ventura

On the Best Infield Ever, Robin Ventura had one of the finest seasons in Mets history. But his Mets career wasn't quite a grand slam.

Top 50 Mets #30, Jerry Grote: "F@#$ Willie Mays!"

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The brilliant backstop caught every pitch of the Mets' first two postseason runs.

Top 50 Mets of All Time: #31 Tug McGraw

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Ya Gotta Believe.

Top 50 Mets of All Time: #32 Craig Swan

In the dark ages between Seaver and Gooden, Craig Swan pitched 1200 league-average innings for the Mets and had two terrific years.

Top 50 Mets of All Time: #33 Lee Mazzilli

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The speedy, snugly-uniformed slugger was a bright star in a dark sky, and enjoyed an improbable last act.

Top 50 Mets of All Time: #34 John Franco

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The last team captain before David Wright, John Franco saved 276 games in 14 stormy seasons with the club he'd loved since boyhood.

The Top 50 Mets Of All Time: #35 Wayne Garrett

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Few Mets in history have taken a walk like Wayne Garrett. If the Mets had only trusted him, they'd be a historically changed franchise.

Top 50 Mets of All Time: #36 Bernard Gilkey

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For a time, Bernard Gilkey was the model player, and put up one of the best offensive performances in Mets history.

Top 50 Mets of All Time: #37 Todd Hundley

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The home-grown fan favorite put it all together in two explosive seasons, but an ailing elbow and Mike Piazza did him in.

The Top 50 Mets Of All Time: #38 Bret Saberhagen

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When an 18-year-old Bret Saberhagen reported to Royals camp, deeply tanned in flip-flops, a flowered shirt, and white-rimmed sunglasses, pitcher Mark Gubicza thought, ‘Who is this guy?’ Those kids...

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Top 50 Mets: #39 Frank Viola

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Frankie V played some sweet music on the mound at Shea during his three seasons with the Mets.

Top 50 Mets of All Time: #40 Jesse Orosco

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Jesse Orosco appeared in more games than any pitcher in history. And in Mets history, several of the very best.

Top 50 Mets: #41 Wally Backman

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The Mets Top 50 series counts down the fifty greatest Mets in the team's fifty-one year history. Up next is #41, Wally Backman.

The Top 50 Mets Of All Time: #42 Angel Pagan

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Though he accumulated just 1,600 plate appearance with the Mets, his defense, baserunning, and position make him one of the more surprisingly valuable Mets in recent years.

The Top 50 Mets Of All Time: #43 Tom Glavine

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The first and last starts of Tom Glavine's career with the Mets were nauseating, but in between he was generally a cromulent starting pitcher in New York.

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #44 Cliff Floyd

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The Top 50 Mets series continues at Amazin' Avenue with #44, Cliff Floyd.

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #45 John Milner

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John Milner was the thunder and the menace in 1970s Met teams known for unnaturally good pitching. If he never quite broke out to be the superstar one hoped for, he always was the Hammer.

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #46 Bobby Jones

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The Top 50 Mets countdown continues with the owner of one of the greatest pitching performances in Mets history.

The Top 50 Mets Of All Time: #47 R.A. Dickey

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The Top 50 Mets series continues with a look at the Mets' mountain climbing and knuckleballing Rennaisance Man, R.A. Dickey.

The Top 50 Mets Of All Time: #48 Steve Trachsel

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The Mets Top 50 series is back! And believe it or not, Steve Trachsel is the 48th best Met of all time.

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #48 Joel Youngblood

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Clocking in as the 48th best Met ever is Joel Youngblood, a man for whom versatility was a curse.

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #49 Bobby Bonilla

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The Top 50 Mets series continues with a look at #49, the controversial Bobby Bonilla.

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #50 Bob Ojeda

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Kicking off the Top 50 Mets of all time with a profile on 1986 starter Bob Ojeda.

The Top 50 Mets Of All Time: #32 Rick Reed

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A profile of Rick Reed, the 32nd best player the Mets have ever had.

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #33 Tommie Agee

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A fan-favorite and World Series hero, Tommie Agee is remembered fondly by Mets fans.

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #34 Bobby Bonilla

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An enigmatic talent, Bobby Bonilla was a very good ballplayer. Yes, even for the Mets.

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