The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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List Criteria: The best major league baseball players who spent at least part of their career with the Mets.

List of the best-ever New York Mets players from throughout the club's long and storied history. In 1962, the Mets were founded as one of the very first baseball expansion teams, intended to fill the void left by the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants from the city. The Mets played their first home games at New York's Polo Grounds in that year before taking up a more permanent residency at Shea Stadium. In 2009, the Mets moved from Shea to Citi Field.

The team struggled in its first few years, and consistently finished in last place or second-to-last place until they shocked the world by winning the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles, earning the team the nickname "The Miracle Mets." Their second championship didn't come until 1986, when they famously took down the Boston Red Sox, in part due to an error by the Sox's Bill Buckner in a crucial Game 6 matchup. (This game was often cited when discussing the "Curse of the Bambino" that haunted the Red Sox until their World Series win in 2004.

A number of baseball superstars and Hall of Famers have played for the New York Mets over the years, including Roberto Alomar, Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza, Willie Mays, Rickey Henderson and the ever-quotable Yogi Berra.

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    Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Tom Seaver Pitcher

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    Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    Mike Piazza Catcher

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    David Wright is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    David Wright Third baseman

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    First baseman

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    Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    Dwight Gooden Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    Catcher

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    Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    Jerry Koosman Pitcher

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    David Cone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    David Cone Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    Rusty Staub is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    Rusty Staub Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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    Edgardo Alfonzo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    Edgardo Alfonzo Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

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    First baseman

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    Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Carlos Beltrán Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

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    Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Jesse Orosco Pitcher

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    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

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    Al Leiter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    Al Leiter Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    John Olerud is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    John Olerud First baseman

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    Outfielder, Center fielder

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    Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Nolan Ryan Pitcher

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    Dave Kingman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    Dave Kingman Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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    Casey Stengel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    Casey Stengel Manager, Right fielder, Outfielder

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    Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

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    Félix Millán is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time


    Félix Millán Second baseman

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    Matt Harvey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Matt Harvey Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

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    Carlos Delgado is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Carlos Delgado First baseman

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    R. A. Dickey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    R. A. Dickey Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    Robin Ventura is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Robin Ventura Manager, Third baseman

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    Yoenis Céspedes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by Mets
    Yoenis Céspedes Outfielder, Center fielder

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    Daniel Murphy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Daniel Murphy Outfielder, Left fielder, Infielder

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    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Johan Santana Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    Bob Ojeda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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    Bob Ojeda Pitcher

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