2) Gary Carter
Hall of Famer Gary Carter joined the Mets for the 1985 season. The timing is too perfect as they won the World Series the very next year. Though they had a multitude of talented players on the 1986 roster, there’s no doubt Carter helped put this team over the top.
Carter spent most of his career with the Montreal Expos. However, in the five years he represented the Mets, Carter did enough to earn the right to call himself the second-best catcher in franchise history.
Carter played incredibly well for the Mets in 1985 and 1986. Unfortunately, the next three seasons brought down his overall numbers. A bit hard to fathom, Carter’s career slash line with the Mets is a rather poor .249/.319/.412. He made up for it with some good defensive seasons and two home runs in the 1986 World Series.
Back-to-back 100 RBI seasons to start off his Mets career help land him in the Mets history. Despite the weak finish to his Mets career, Carter proved valuable. There’s no statistic to measure leadership. If there was, Carter would undoubtedly be near the top.
It’s possible, if Carter joined the Mets earlier in his career, he would have a chance at the number one spot. Instead, he gets the runner-up prize.