Top 50 Mets

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #37 Wally Backman

Walter Wayne Backman was selected by the Mets in the first round -- sixteenth overall -- of the 1977 amateur draft out of Aloha High School in Aloha, OR. As a 17-year-old he was assigned to...

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #38 Steve Trachsel

In 2000, the Mets snagged the National League Wild Card and rode their playoff appearance all the way to the World Series where they eventually lost to some other team in five games. That...

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #39 John Milner

John "The Hammer" Milner was selected by the Mets in the 14th round (#301 overall) of the 1968 draft out of South Fulton High School in East Point, Georgia. He reported to Marion of the...

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #40 David Wright

Afer helping to lead the Mets to the 2000 World Series, Mike Hampton fled to the Rockies as a free agent, citing Colorado's better schools as his primary motive for leaving. As compensation for...

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #41 Bobby Jones

Robert Joseph Jones (Bobby J.) was originally drafted out of Fresno High School (Tom Seaver's alma mater) by the Oakland Athletics in the 35th round (905th overall). He chose college over the...

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #42 Skip Lockwood

Looking for bullpen help in the summer of 1975, the Mets took a flier on journeyman starter-cum-reliever Skip Lockwood when they purchased his contract from the Oakland A's Tuscon affiliate and...

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #43 Joel Youngblood

Originally selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1970 amateur draft, Joel Youngblood was traded to the Mets by the Cardinals on June 15, 1977, in exchange for middle...

Top 50 Mets Musings

No new profile today; these guys are very time-consuming, usually taking from two-to-four hours for each. There's quite a bit of research involved, though that's where a lot of the enjoyment comes...

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #44 Robin Ventura

On the same day that they acquired Roger Cedeno from the Dodgers and Armando Benitez from the Orioles, the Mets bested the final offer from those same Orioles and landed the left-handed hitting...

The Top 50 Mets of All Time: #45 Craig Swan

Craig Swan was drafted by the Mets in the third round of baseball's amateur draft in 1972. Swan went 16-1 in his final year at Arizona State, winning two games in the College World Series before...

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