Over the past month and I half I have been inundated with the same question over and over again. ” Why did you put so and so at number blah blah blah ? ” And I generally would answer ” Leave me alone – I’m trying to sleep !!” ( Just kidding) Did I agree with the way the list came out ? For the most part yes , but I did have some head scratching moments such as Al Leiter being at number 12 or Tommie Agee slotted at number 33. The other thing that irked me was the absence of some players such as Doug Flynn, Willie Mays,and Richie Ashburn.
When I put out the paramaters of this list I stated the player did not have to be a sabermetric superstar. I wanted to get the players who made a impact on the fans, and I think this series accomplished that.
So if you were wondering how I would have ranked the top 50 Mets of all time, well wonder no more.
50. Second Baseman, Doug Flynn
49. Outfielder, Bernard Gilkey ( that ’96 season alone makes him immortal !)
48. Second Baseman, Ron Hunt
47. Starting Pitcher, Al Leiter
46.Relief Pitcher, Skip Lockwood
45. Third Baseman, Robin Ventura
44. Center Fielder, Lenny Dykstra
43. First Baseman, John Milner
42. Outfielder/ Home Run Hitter, Dave Kingman
41. Catcher, Todd Hundley
40. Right Fielder, Ron Swoboda
39. Starting Pitcher, Craig Swan
38. Outfielder Richie Ashburn
37. Outfielder, Lee Mazzilli
36. Third Baseman, Ray Knight
35. Starting Pitcher, David Cone
34. First Baseman, Don Clendennon
33. Third Baseman, Howard Johnson
32. Starting Pitcher, Bobby Ojeda
31. Catcher John Stearns
30. Second Baseman, Wally Backman
29. Reliever, Roger McDowell
28. Reliever, John Franco
27. Center Fielder, Willie Mays ( Yes I know he was past his prime but he is still a legend !)
26. Shortstop, Bud Harrelson
25. Reliever, Jesse Orosco
24. Starting Pitcher, Ron Darling
23. First Base Man, John Olerud
22. Starting Pitcher, Sid Fernandez
21. Center Fielder, Carlos Beltran
20. Starting Pitcher, Jon Matlack
19. Second Baseman, Edgardo Alfonzo
18. Center Fielder, Tommie Agee
17. Reliever, Tug McGraw
16. Center Fielder, Mookie Wilson
15. Catcher, Gary Carter
14. Starting Pitcher, Johan Santana
13. Manager, Davey Johnson
12. First Baseman, Ed Kranepool
11. Catcher, Jerry Grote
10. Left Fielder, Cleon Jones
09. Shortstop, Jose Reyes
08. Starting Pitcher, Jerry Koosman
07. Thrid Baseman, David Wright
06. Right Fielder, Rusty Staub ( Hey I’m trying to be objective !!!)
05. Starting Pitcher, Dwight Gooden
04. Right Fielder, Darryl Strawberry
03. Catcher, Mike Piazza
02. First Baseman, Keith Hernandez
01. Starting Pitcher, Tom Seaver ( Of Course !)
I think the biggest controversy about my list is that I omitted Nolan Ryan. Although I love and respect Nolan, I feel that like Amos Otis, he was never long enough to have proved he would have been a all time Met. I know I will take a bit of heat of where I ranked certain ” beloved” players such as Robin Ventura and Bobby Ojeda , but this in my opinion how it should have shook out. If you disagree feel free to tell me why – This is a exercise in constructive debate ( even though I am right !!).
And with that said …. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets bullpen coach from ’05-’08, Guy Conti is 69 (1942).
Mets middle reliever from the ’01 season, C.J Nitkowski is 28 (1973).
And while you are hoping that the end is near for Oliver Perez, just remember that there are just 23 Doug Flynn days to go until the Mets play their season opener against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and just 30 Days to go until the Mets play their home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is desperately hoping that Oliver Perez is released . He thinks that I will lay off him and make Ollie the butt of my jokes !!