Saturday, June 4, 2011

New York Mets

1B  Keith Hernandez – A productive bat, multiple Gold Gloves, and appearances on Seinfeld push him past the legendary Ed Kranepool.
2B  Edgardo Alfonzo – Batted over .300 four times; decent power; drew a few walks too.
SS  Jose Reyes – Mets all-time leader in triples and SBs (led NL three times); batted .280 or better five times.
3B  David Wright – Career .300 hitter with good power; drove in 100+ RBI five times; won two Gold Gloves.
OF  Darryl Strawberry – Clubbed 26+ HRs all eight years with the Mets (led NL with 39 in ’88); drove in 90+ runs five times for NY; 30-30 season in ’87.
OF  Carlos Beltran – Though oft injured, he drove in 112+ runs three times as a Met; slugged .500 or better 4 times; won 3 straight Gold Gloves.
OF  Cleon Jones – Career .281 hitter (.340 in ’69); decent speed and power; helped polish off the Orioles in ’69 World Series.
C  Mike Piazza – One of the top hitting catchers in baseball history; hit 30+ HRs four times for the Mets; OPS topped .900 five straight years in NY.
Bench  Howard Johnson – Led NL with 38 HRs and 117 RBI in ’91; three other seasons with 90+ RBI; stole 30+ bases four times.
Pitcher  Tom Seaver – Four-time 20-game winner for NY; led NL in ERA three times (1.76 in ’71); nine straight seasons with 200+ Ks.
Pitcher  Dwight Gooden – Phenomenal first five seasons; won Cy Young in ’85 (24-4, 1.53 ERA, 268 Ks); slowed by a shoulder injury at age 24, though he did win 19 games the following year.
Pitcher  Jerry Koosman – Posted a sub-3.00 ERA four times; won 14+ games six times for NY; won both starts in ’69 World Series.
Closer  John Franco – Saved 30+ games five times for NY; NL saves leader in ’90 and ’94.

Too bad there’s no room for Art Shamsky on this team ... but Shamsky is a great name for a bulldog.

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