Hey baseball fans!
Last post, I promised you a Mike Piazza-themed post today. Well, here it is: my top five favorite New York Mets in baseball history.
Number Five : Mookie Wilson
Why? Look, he's no Hall of Famer, but without him hitting that grounder towards first base in the bottom of the tenth with two outs in Game Six of the 1986 World Series, one of my favorite plays in baseball history would have never happened. He's a fan favorite in Flushing and for good reason; 327 steals in 12 seasons in the Majors is not too shabby.
Number Four: David Wright
Why? I've grown up watching Wright play third base for the Mets and even though he has become very injury-prone in recent years, Mets fans still love him. He's essentially a version of Derek Jeter, but for the Mets, so how can you not love him? Yes, this is a biased pick, but his statistics are pretty stellar. In 13 years in the MLB, he's made seven All Star Games, bats .296 lifetime (which is better than Hall of Famers Duke Snider and Barry Larkin), and has hit 242 homers.
Number Three: Mike Piazza
Why? Statistically, he's the most powerful catcher in the history of the MLB and his 12 All Star Games and 1993 NL Rookie of the Year only help his cause. He would definitely be higher if not for my obligatory hatred towards him because of the little incident with him and Roger Clemens in the 2000 World Series.
Number Two: Gary Carter
Why? Carter is arguably one of the most beloved players in Mets history. This catching predecessor to Piazza surely left the 2016 Hall of Fame inductee with big shoes to fill. Carter made the All Star Game 11 times, hit 324 career homers, drove in 1,225 runs, and was an important contributor to the Mets' 1986 World Series run.
Number One: Tom Seaver
Why? I never understood why Seaver had the highest Hall of Fame voting percentage (before this year) until I looked at his career stats: a 2.86 ERA, 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 12 All Star Games, and three Cy Young Awards. Wow. Just wow!!
Honorable Mentions: Nolan Ryan, Francisco Rodriguez, Dwight Gooden, Yoenis Cespedes
Do you agree with my picks? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."