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New York Mets: The worst team in franchise history from each decade

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 25: A detail view of Louisville Slugger baseball gloves at Nationals Park on May 25, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 25: A detail view of Louisville Slugger baseball gloves at Nationals Park on May 25, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Every decade of New York Mets baseball has featured some bad teams. Going decade by decade, these are the worst from every ten-year span.

Since their birth in 1962, the New York Mets have won two World Series. They’ve spent plenty of time at the time of the standings, but also a lot at the bottom.

Consistency has been one of this franchise’s biggest weaknesses. They have only been to the postseason in consecutive seasons twice. They also have a team with the worst record in MLB history. We’ll get to them briefly.

Each decade has featured some miserable Mets baseball. From the 1960s up into the 2010s, these are the worst seasons by decade in Mets history.

1960s – 1962 Mets

The easiest pick to make is declaring the 1962 Mets as the worst team in franchise history. The inaugural season put a 40-120 team on the field. The 120 losses remains a record in MLB.

The first-year team finished 60.5 games behind in the standings. They employed two 20-game losers. Just about everything that could have gone wrong did for this team.

Roger Craig led the Mets with 10 wins but also had 24 losses. Craig Anderson, who pitched mostly in relief, somehow managed to take home 17 losses. Pitcher Bob Miller‘s 1-12 record is still the most lopsided of anyone on the team.

The pitching staff was so bad in 1962 that only Galen Cisco had an ERA under 4.00. This includes everyone who tossed even an inning for the Mets. The 948 runs they surrendered is still the most allowed by any Mets squad.

The offense wasn’t much better. Their lone All-Star representative Richie Ashburn hit over .300. Outfielder Frank Thomas did manage to knock 34 home runs. However, nobody on the roster was able to score more than his 69 runs.

When we talk about bleak baseball years, the 1962 season certainly comes to mind almost immediately. Their unprepared pitching staff and lackluster offense combined made for a miserable freshman year.

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