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March Badness Region 1: Mets Killers

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Missing baseball? Missing March Madness? We’ve got you covered! Reminisce about the worst villains in Mets history with us.

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Typically, March is one of the best sports months of the year. The NHL and NBA seasons are reaching their conclusion with teams battling for their postseason lives, NFL free agency is beginning, MLB Opening Day is right around the corner, and March Madness is in full swing!

With the coronavirus pandemic, March has been rendered a quiet month in the sports world, as all major leagues have needed to cancel or suspend their events in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. To help pass the time, a few of us at Amazin’ Avenue HQ have brainstormed ways to entertain our incredible audience while we wait for baseball to return.

I’d like to introduce you to March Bad-ness! In order to fill the void left by both the absence of baseball and March Madness, we’ve devised an NCAA tournament-style bracket of the worst villains in Mets history. We’ve scoured the depths of our memories, digging up names we’d long since buried deep down in an effort to forget so many painful moments, and put together 64 names that cause Mets fans feelings ranging from mild annoyance to intense loathing.

The players have been broken up into four regions: Mets Killers, Bad Guys, Playoff Villains, and Self-loathing. Over the next two days, we’ll bring you four separate posts for each bracket, with accompanying polls for you to vote on.

The first region is comprised of 16 players who have made a living off of dominating the Mets. Some guys are Hall of Famers (Sandy Koufax, Willie Stargell, Chipper Jones), while other guys are lesser-known players who were constantly a thorn in the team’s side (Martin Prado, Paul DeJong, Shane Victorino). The one constant is that Mets fans cringed every time any of them. Now it’s time to find out who is the worst of the worst.

Check back to Amazin’ Avenue in the coming weeks as we advance through the bracket and see who is the ultimate Mets villain!

Poll

1 vs. 16: Chipper Jones vs. Martin Prado

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  • 98%
    Chipper Jones
    (545 votes)
  • 1%
    Martin Prado
    (6 votes)
551 votes total Vote Now

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8 vs. 9: Mike Schmidt vs. Giancarlo Stanton

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  • 69%
    Mike Schmidt
    (360 votes)
  • 30%
    Giancarlo Stanton
    (160 votes)
520 votes total Vote Now

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5 vs. 12: Brian Jordan vs. Anthony Rendon

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  • 37%
    Brian Jordan
    (199 votes)
  • 62%
    Anthony Rendon
    (338 votes)
537 votes total Vote Now

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4 vs. 13: Ryan Howard vs. Freddie Freeman

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  • 28%
    Ryan Howard
    (157 votes)
  • 71%
    Freddie Freeman
    (388 votes)
545 votes total Vote Now

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6 vs. 11: John Smoltz vs. Daniel Murphy

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  • 58%
    John Smoltz
    (322 votes)
  • 41%
    Daniel Murphy
    (224 votes)
546 votes total Vote Now

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3 vs. 14: Greg Maddux vs. Shane Victorino

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  • 70%
    Greg Maddux
    (376 votes)
  • 29%
    Shane Victorino
    (158 votes)
534 votes total Vote Now

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7 vs. 10: Willie Stargell vs. Sandy Koufax

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  • 56%
    Willie Stargell
    (293 votes)
  • 43%
    Sandy Koufax
    (222 votes)
515 votes total Vote Now

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2 vs. 15: Pat Burrell vs. Paul DeJong

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  • 83%
    Pat Burrell
    (434 votes)
  • 16%
    Paul DeJong
    (85 votes)
519 votes total Vote Now