Best Mets player to wear each jersey number from 0 to 99
40 – Pat Zachry
Bartolo Colon might be the most beloved number 40 in team history, but I think Pat Zachry was a little better. He was an All-Star for the Mets and never finished a season with an ERA above 4.14.
41 – Tom Seaver
Is there any debate? Tom Seaver is the greatest pitcher in Mets history and the last man to wear number 41.
42 – Roger McDowell
Before MLB retired the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, plenty of Mets wore it. Roger McDowell was the best to do so. He was an important part of the bullpen in the late 1980s and essential in winning the 1986 championship.
43 – R.A. Dickey
How can you skip over a guy with a CY Young Award? Though some men may give R.A. Dickey a challenge for this spot, his accomplishments outweigh anything they did.
44 – David Cone
The answer to this should have been Jason Isringhausen. Or maybe it could have been Lastings Milledge. Or maybe Jay Payton. Or perhaps Jason Bay. The number 44 has not worked out well for Mets. One exception to this is David Cone. Long before it was worn by failed top prospects and free agent signings, Cone delivered in the double-four.
45 – Tug McGraw
Sorry, John Franco. Tug McGraw was the better number 45. Well-represented in 2018 by Zack Wheeler, McGraw remains the best to wear it in team history.
46 – Tyler Clippard
The list of players who wore 46 for the Mets is sickening. Nobody wore it longer than Oliver Perez and we know about him. For the most part, it’s a number given to relievers who don’t stay very long. With that in mind, I’m going to award Tyler Clippard as the best. It was his uniform number in 2015 and the team went to the World Series that year. Trust me. This is the best you’ll get.
47 – Jesse Orosco
I don’t need to use my “Clippard Logic” with naming Jesse Orosco the best number 47 in Mets history. Even though they did go to the World Series with that number on his back, Orosco was plenty good otherwise.
48 – Jacob deGrom
The new ace of New York, Jacob deGrom’s time wearing number 48 isn’t over yet. Hopefully, it gets a lot more use from him.
49 – Armando Benitez
I can hear the mob forming down the street. How could I possibly put Armando Benitez on this list? Well, to be fair, the number 49 hasn’t been a popular one. My second choice would have been Jonathan Niese and I’m sure those same people in the Benitez gang would join up if I awarded him the honor.