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New York Mets uniform numbers the franchise should consider retiring

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Dwight Gooden #16 of the 1986 New York Mets greets fans on the red carpet before the game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on May 28, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets are honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1986 championship season. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Dwight Gooden #16 of the 1986 New York Mets greets fans on the red carpet before the game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on May 28, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets are honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1986 championship season. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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One of the biggest honors a team can give its players is a retired number. These New York Mets deserve some consideration.

The New Yankees have so many retired numbers they can’t even issue a single digit number anymore. The New York Mets, on the other hand, have plenty available.

Fans love certain players who had special moments for the team. These players mean more to the Mets than other teams in their history. Some, however, have been elected to the Mets Hall of Fame, and some of these players at least deserve a discussion regarding retiring their number.

A World Series Hero and Two Modern Mets

#1: Mookie Wilson

Amed Rosario is currently wearing that number and was worn by speedster Vince Coleman as well. There is a legitimate argument that no one but Mookie should wear it ever again.

Mookie was a Met for almost 10 years and hit the dribbler passed Bill Buckner to win Game Six of the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Until Jose Reyes broke the record, Wilson leads the club in stolen bases in a season. He coached the team for a number of seasons and still has that addictive smile.

Prediction: Not enough fan support to push retiring his number.

#5: David Wright

A no-brainer. The current captain of the team, and future Mets Hall of Famer. No one will wear his number again when he officially retires. At 35, it is so sad that a player so young could have such medical issues.

Wright had incredible numbers over his career and is the best third baseman the Mets ever had. He bleeds orange and blue and will continue to do so.

#7: Jose Reyes

Reyes is the best shortstop the Mets ever had, and the left side of the infield was set for almost a decade with Wright and Reyes. He has the most stolen bases in the franchise’s history and won a batting title. After leaving for Miami as a free agent, Reyes returned in 2016 and wants to finish his career as a Met. His energy is second to none and is a fan favorite.

Prediction: Although it should be no question that his number should be retired, it probably won’t due to his off the field issues with domestic battery, and also the way he left as a free agent during his first tenure.

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