Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Mets Franchise Deep Four

No, I didn't forget about this project. Just been doing other stuff lately. Today we're going to look at our amazin' friends in Flushing. Who are their best by position?

1stTom SeaverMike PiazzaKeith HernandezEdgardo AlfonzoDavid WrightJose ReyesCleon JonesCarlos BeltranDarryl Strawberry
2ndJerry KoosmanJohn StearnsJohn OlerudWally BackmanHoward JohnsonBud HarrelsonKevin McReynoldsTommie AgeeRon Swoboda
3rdDwight GoodenTodd HundleyDave MagadanRon HuntWayne GarrettKevin ElsterSteve HendersonLenny DykstraJoel Youngblood
4thJon MatlackGary CarterEd KranepoolFelix MillanRobin VenturaRey OrdonezBernard GilkeyMookie WilsonRusty Staub

The Mets have one heck of a 1st Team: Two Hall of Famers, one borderline guy who I think should be in, another guy who'll have a good argument once he retires, another guy who could qualify with a few more good seasons, and four other fine players.

Catcher surprised me. I thought Hall of Famer Gary Carter would end up on the 2nd Team, but the Mets really got him at the decline phase of his career. Stearns and Hundley were much better players than they get credit for. And Jerry Grote just missed the cut.

Center field was surprisingly deep. Angel Pagan, Juan Lagares, and Lee Mazzilli were all worthy of honorable mentions.

Right field and shortstop were the two weakest positions. After the 2nd Teams, there wasn't a lot to get excited about. You never realize how shallow some teams are at certain spots.

Second base didn't have any really outstanding players, but it had a lot of good ones. Jeff Kent just missed the cut, as you can see.