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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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1990s – 1993 Mets

The worst team money could buy. That’s the story of the 1993 Mets.

On paper, this team had championship caliber. Together, they put up a clunker year.

Other than the early Mets teams in the 1960s, no other squad had performed more poorly than this ill-fated team. The 59-103 record tells you everything you need to know.

Statistically, the Mets had some players put up good numbers. Future Hall of Famer Eddie Murray hit 27 home runs and drove in 100. Bobby Bonilla had a productive year, too.

The pitching staff deserves a large part of the blame for 1993. Dwight Gooden was fading and others didn’t live up to expectations. If Bret Saberhagen and Sid Fernandez stayed healthy, perhaps things would have been better. I’m not sure it would have helped due to the bullpen’s ineptitude.

Closer John Franco had a 5.20 ERA in 1993. Fellow relievers Pete Schourek and Anthony Young combined to go 6-28. Each did start a handful of games for the Mets and didn’t come away with much glory for it.

The 1993 season hurts even more because of how well they could have done. They employed Hall of Famers, MVPs, and Cy Young winners. As much as I would like to say a few more bounces their way would have helped, I can’t. Teams that lose 100 games do it for a reason. It’s because they are legendary in the Hall of Shame.

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