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Best Mets player to wear each jersey number from 0 to 99

13 Sep 1997: Pitcher Turk Wendell of the New York Mets stretches prior to the Mets 9-6 victory over the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Mandatory Credit: Ezra C. Shaw/Allsport
13 Sep 1997: Pitcher Turk Wendell of the New York Mets stretches prior to the Mets 9-6 victory over the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Mandatory Credit: Ezra C. Shaw/Allsport
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30 – Nolan Ryan

Michael Conforto should take this spot eventually, but for now it belongs to Nolan Ryan. Even though Ryan’s best years took place outside of New York, he had four very good years with the Flushing 25 prior to the regretful trade that sent him west.

31 – Mike Piazza

Back-to-back Hall of Famers, catcher Mike Piazza earns his spot on this list with ease. Arguably the best offensive catcher to ever put on a baseball uniform, he has some of the biggest at-bats in team history. It also doesn’t hurt that he wore one of the few numbers the team has retired.

32 – Jon Matlack

Long before Steven Matz wore number 32, Mets fans associated it with Jon Matlack. Alongside some other talented pitchers, Matlack was part of a very good pitching staff in the early 1970s. He’s easily one of the best Mets of all-time.

33 – Matt Harvey

For all of his warts, Matt Harvey pitched well for the Mets; at least in the first few seasons. Ron Hunt does give a valiant effort for the spot as the best number 33, but it’s Harvey’s early dominance that wins out.

34 – Noah Syndergaard

The final chapters of Noah Syndergaard aren’t even a thought yet. However, he’s already the best player in franchise history to wear number 34. It hasn’t been a popular numbers for long either. Mike Pelfrey wore it for a few years, but Thor has already done more.

35 – Rick Reed

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a lot of success was due to their offense. They did have a few above average pitchers. One of them was Rick Reed. As a two-time All-Star for the Mets, he wins a spot on this list.

36 – Jerry Koosman

Another Mets legend, Jerry Koosman wore number 36 well in the 1960s and into the 1970s. His 140 victories for the Mets is enough to make him a more than credible selection.

37 – Casey Stengel

By default, Casey Stengel lands on this list. Nobody else has ever worn the number in franchise history. So, in a landslide victory, the first manager in Mets history gets the nod.

38 – Rick Aguilera

The Mets have a long history of forgettable players wearing number 38. In 2018, Anthony Swarzak added his name to the list. Since I have to select someone, I’ll take one of the few guys to wear the number who had success. That’s Rick Aguilera whose 3.58 ERA and role in 1986 are enough to beat out everyone else.

39 – Doug Sisk

Yet another number ill-represented, Doug Sisk gets the tip of the cap. Despite not having a place in Mets’ lore, he did give them a 3.10 ERA in the 412.1 innings he pitched for the team. In fact, other than a bad 1985, he was pretty good out of the bullpen.

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