Hall of Famers and Homegrown Talent
#8: Gary Carter
Carter was a Met for five seasons and really was only effective in his first three or so. However, Carter, along with Keith Hernandez, became co-captains on the team and lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986. Always beloved by fans, he was elected to the Hall of Fame and wore a Montreal Expos cap. He succumbed to cancer unfortunately but is forever remembered and adored.
Prediction: The Mets will not issue the number out, so I believe the number will go on the wall at some point.
#13: Edgardo Alfonzo
Edgardo Alfonzo was one of the greatest infielders the Mets ever had. He hit over .300 four out of his eight seasons with the club and played third base and second base as solid as anyone. He was a fan favorite and beloved by his teammates.
After the 2002 season, Alfonzo was non-tendered and eventually signed with the San Francisco Giants. The fans were outraged and he wound up having three more productive seasons before injuries halted his career.
He made the All-Star team once in 2000 but probably didn’t do enough in his Mets career to warrant retiring his number.
#15: Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran signed a seven-year contract before the 2005 season with the Mets. He struggled in his first year and then had a breakout season in 2006. Beltran played a flawless center field, hit 41 home runs in a season and was an All-Star five times as a Met. He is going to have serious consideration for Cooperstown. If he gets elected, it’s possible it would be as a Met. He is one of the greatest center fielders in Mets history. Beltran is not universally loved by Mets fans because he took a strike three call to end their 2006 World Series hopes.
Beltran should eventually be elected to the Mets Hall of Fame regardless and no one should ever wear #15 again.