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New York Mets: Top five catchers in franchise history

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3) John Stearns

Much like Grote, John Stearns built up his reputation in MLB thanks to his glove. Stearns is the guy who eventually replaced Grote, manning the catching position throughout the late 1970s in Queens. He was one of the franchise’s mainstays between championships.

Stearns is an all-time Met who I think many forgot about. All but one of his MLB games came as a member of the Mets. That’s because he began his career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1974 where he made only one appearance. Thankfully, the Mets managed to pull him away.

A true Mets player through-and-through, Stearns is a four-time All-Star who wielded a nice bat, too. He slashed .260/.341/.375 in ten seasons with the Mets.

On defense, Stearns rarely gave up passed balls and saved his pitchers from wild pitches. He never reached the double-digit mark in passed balls in a single-season. Stearns’ high in wild pitches is 27.

Stearns was a rare multi-tool catcher. Something got into him during the 1978 season. That year, he stole 25 bases. Stearns had three more seasons after where he topped the ten stolen base mark.