Let’s move back to 1962 and start off with the New York Mets. This is going to be pretty interesting, I think.
Before you click through, just a comment about this photo–I think it’s insanely cool to see 3 sets of eyes locked onto the ball.
Check out the Mets’ career leaders in WAR among batters:
Wow, that’s a tight bunch of guys. We haven’t yet seen a team that has such a close proximity of players stacked at the top. Darryl Strawberry has been the franchise leader in WAR among batters for a long time, but David Wright is destined to pass him any time. Mind you, Carlos Beltran would have been #1 already if he had had a bit more time with the team.
The Mets also have a bunch of guys with individual seasons in the top who didn’t make the above list for career WAR. Bernard Gilkey has their 3rd best individual season in 1996, and that same year Lance Johnson posted their 5th-best season. Hard to believe that Gary Carter isn’t on the top-15 career list, but his 1985 was the Mets’ 9th-best season. Finally Robin Ventura clocks in at #11 with his 1999.
Some other guys who might get some credit for post-season performance include Ray Knight and Donn Clendenon.
Now let’s look at pitchers:
OK, so, Seaver has more than double the WAR of any batter for the Mets, and more than 30 WAR greater than any other pitcher.
Pedro Martinez from 2005 has the 8th-best season by a Mets pitcher, and Frank Viola in 1990 registers 12th.
Pretty much all the important pitchers on the Mets’ championship teams are already represented on the list above, but they have a few managers worth considering: Casey Stengel and Joe Torre were both of note, and Gil Hodges and Davey Johnson both managed the team to a title.
I am curious to see how the voting goes. We could take the top two batters and pitchers and that would be acceptable, but there are a lot of other reasonable choices too.
Here we go…pick 4 please.