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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:

Rk Player WAR/pos From To
1 Darryl Strawberry 34.4 1983 1990
2 David Wright 34.3 2004 2012
3 Carlos Beltran 30.2 2005 2011
4 Edgardo Alfonzo 28.0 1995 2002
5 Jose Reyes 26.7 2003 2011
6 Keith Hernandez 25.0 1983 1989
7 Mike Piazza 23.0 1998 2005
8 Howard Johnson 20.3 1985 1993
9 Mookie Wilson 19.0 1980 1989
10 John Stearns 18.4 1975 1984
11 Bud Harrelson 17.1 1965 1977
12 John Olerud 16.5 1997 1999
13 Cleon Jones 16.4 1963 1975
14 Lenny Dykstra 15.7 1985 1989
15 Kevin McReynolds 14.3 1987 1994
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Generated 5/24/2012.

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:

Rk Player WAR From To
1 Tom Seaver 72.9 1967 1983
2 Dwight Gooden 39.3 1984 1994
3 Jerry Koosman 37.0 1967 1978
4 Al Leiter 26.4 1998 2004
5 Sid Fernandez 26.0 1984 1993
6 Jon Matlack 25.1 1971 1977
7 David Cone 18.2 1987 2003
8 Rick Reed 15.5 1997 2001
9 Johan Santana 15.2 2008 2012
10 Tom Glavine 14.3 2003 2007
11 Ron Darling 14.1 1983 1991
12 Tug McGraw 12.1 1965 1974
13 Jesse Orosco 11.7 1979 1987
14 Craig Swan 11.5 1973 1984
15 Bret Saberhagen 11.1 1992 1995
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Generated 5/24/2012.

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.

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