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List Rules 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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1
544 61
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Tom Seaver Pitcher

2
476 93
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Mike Piazza Catcher

3
427 119
David Wright is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
David Wright Third baseman

4
371 101
Darryl Strawberry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Darryl Strawberry Right fielder, Outfielder

5
379 99
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Keith Hernandez First baseman

6
357 95
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Dwight Gooden Starting pitcher, Pitcher

7
353 88
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Gary Carter Catcher

8
271 68
Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Jerry Koosman Pitcher

9
205 96
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

10
239 77
Mookie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Mookie Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

11
236 99
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
José Reyes Shortstop

12
165 76
Cleon Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Cleon Jones Outfielder, Left fielder

13
169 72
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

14
195 85
David Cone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
David Cone Starting pitcher, Pitcher

The Best New York Mets Managers of All Time

15
137 67
Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Howard Johnson Infielder, Third baseman

16
176 72
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Gil Hodges First baseman

17
179 67
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
180 97
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Carlos Beltrán Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

19
155 73
Edgardo Alfonzo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Edgardo Alfonzo Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

20
183 58
Ron Darling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Ron Darling Starting pitcher, Pitcher

21
139 60
Bud Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Bud Harrelson Shortstop

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136 69
Ed Kranepool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
bojanthebest added Ed Kranepool First baseman

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100 84
Lee Mazzilli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Lee Mazzilli Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder

24
120 46
Jon Matlack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Jon Matlack Starting pitcher, Pitcher

25
115 65
John Olerud is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
John Olerud First baseman

26
125 50
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CamdenCritic added Jesse Orosco Pitcher

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70 22
Sid Fernandez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Sid Fernandez Pitcher

28
85 69
Dave Kingman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Dave Kingman Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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100 49
Wally Backman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
blueline3 added Wally Backman Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

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83 85
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

31
74 79
Todd Hundley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Todd Hundley Outfielder, Catcher

32
99 64
Carlos Delgado is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Carlos Delgado First baseman

33
77 23
Al Leiter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Al Leiter Starting pitcher, Pitcher

34
88 73
Félix Millán is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Félix Millán Second baseman

35
115 93
Matt Harvey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
ChrisRubin added Matt Harvey Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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71 50
Ron Swoboda is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CamdenCritic added Ron Swoboda Outfielder

37
130 42
Tommie Agee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CamdenCritic added Tommie Agee Outfielder, Center fielder

38
147 64
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CamdenCritic added Nolan Ryan Pitcher

39
125 67
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
DavidMaxwell added Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

40
57 75
Rey Ordóñez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Rey Ordóñez Shortstop

41
69 26
R. A. Dickey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
muzziac added R. A. Dickey Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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74 31
Daniel Murphy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
muzziac added Daniel Murphy Outfielder, Left fielder, Infielder

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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68 49
Roger McDowell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Roger McDowell Pitcher

44
112 54
Casey Stengel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Casey Stengel Manager, Right fielder, Outfielder

45
67 21
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
muzziac added Jerry Grote Catcher

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59 104
Bobby Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Bobby Bonilla Right fielder, Outfielder, Third baseman

47
40 153
Jason Bay is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Jason Bay Left fielder

48
64 31
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
muzziac added Johan Santana Starting pitcher, Pitcher

49
55 61
John Milner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
John Milner Left fielder, First baseman

50
56 18
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