Nine years ago, in 2006, the New York Mets made a march to the National League Championship Series. Now they are headed back to the postseason. What were some of their key members doing the last time the Mets played playoff baseball?
David Wright is the only remaining Met from that 2006 team. The 23-year-old was coming off of a fantastic 2006 season where he hit .311 with 26 homers and 116 RBIs.
The Mets' crop of young pitchers were, obviously, much younger at the time. Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz were all still in high school, while Bartolo Colon was the reigning American League Cy Young winner.
Terry Collins was finishing up his tenure with the Dodgers as the director of player development and was set to sign a two-year deal to manager in the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan. The man who put this all together, Sandy Alderson, was busy as the CEO of the San Diego Padres.
Curtis Granderson, Michael Cuddyer, Juan Uribe, and Kelly Johnson were all big leaguers. Lucas Duda was still in college
To put all of this into perspective, Michael Conforto was 13 the last time the Mets made the playoffs.
A handful of veterans, a group of guys who were in the minor leagues like Jon Niese, Tyler Clippard, and Daniel Murphy, and a bunch of pitchers who were still in high school back in 2006 currently make up this Mets team. A team, they'll tell you, that has no intention of going another nine years before their next playoff appearance.