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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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515 57
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Tom Seaver Pitcher

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2
451 89
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Mike Piazza Catcher

3
361 93
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Keith Hernandez First baseman

4
358 95
Darryl Strawberry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Darryl Strawberry Right fielder, Outfielder

5
340 82
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Gary Carter Catcher

6
403 113
David Wright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
David Wright Third baseman

7
345 89
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Dwight Gooden Starting pitcher, Pitcher

8
261 66
Jerry Koosman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Jerry Koosman Pitcher

9
231 73
Mookie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Mookie Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

10
198 93
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
219 95
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
José Reyes Shortstop

12
178 54
Ron Darling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
udontneedtoknowmyname added Ron Darling Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
164 67
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
192 82
David Cone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
David Cone Starting pitcher, Pitcher

15
174 64
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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158 75
Cleon Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Cleon Jones Outfielder, Left fielder

17
170 69
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Gil Hodges First baseman

18
132 65
Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Howard Johnson Infielder, Third baseman

19
147 69
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
168 96
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Carlos Beltrán Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

21
133 58
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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121 47
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CamdenCritic added Jesse Orosco Pitcher

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115 45
Jon Matlack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Jon Matlack Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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131 67
Ed Kranepool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
bojanthebest added Ed Kranepool First baseman

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126 40
Tommie Agee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CamdenCritic added Tommie Agee Outfielder, Center fielder

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76 20
Al Leiter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Al Leiter Starting pitcher, Pitcher

27
66 20
Sid Fernandez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Sid Fernandez Pitcher

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114 62
John Olerud is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
John Olerud First baseman

29
100 47
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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141 61
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CamdenCritic added Nolan Ryan Pitcher

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71 10
Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CMCSS03 added Noah Syndergaard

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52 6
Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CMCSS03 added Jacob deGrom

33
60 8
Yoenis Céspedes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Mets added Yoenis Céspedes Outfielder, Center fielder

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111 53
Casey Stengel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Casey Stengel Manager, Right fielder, Outfielder

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121 66
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
DavidMaxwell added Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

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97 83
Lee Mazzilli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Lee Mazzilli Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder

37
64 20
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
muzziac added Jerry Grote Catcher

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96 63
Carlos Delgado is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Carlos Delgado First baseman

39
65 25
R. A. Dickey is listed (or ranked) 39 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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82 67
Dave Kingman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Dave Kingman Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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69 30
Daniel Murphy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
muzziac added Daniel Murphy Outfielder, Left fielder, Infielder

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55 16
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muzziac added Robin Ventura Manager, Third baseman

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113 91
Matt Harvey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
ChrisRubin added Matt Harvey Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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86 72
Félix Millán is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Félix Millán Second baseman

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67 49
Ron Swoboda is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
CamdenCritic added Ron Swoboda Outfielder

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41 11
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
mets10 added Bartolo Colón Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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61 30
Johan Santana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
muzziac added Johan Santana Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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42 11
Curtis Granderson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
mets10 added Curtis Granderson Center fielder

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80 83
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

50
66 48
Roger McDowell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest New York Mets of All Time
Roger McDowell Pitcher