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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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60 – Jon Rauch

The big 6’11 reliever known as Jon Rauch spent the 2012 season with the Mets. His 3.59 ERA may not have a spot in any history book, but with limited competition and the fear that he would step on me, I’m making him the top number 60.

61 – Jesse Orosco (again)

Jesse Orosco wore number 61 in his rookie year, but it wasn’t a very good one. However, just about everyone else who wore the number, played poorly in their entire Mets career. I’m looking for the best player to wear the number. Even if their best seasons took place with other digits on their back, they qualify. Plus, there’s a lot of garbage at this number.

62 – Drew Smith

After just one season with the Mets, Drew Smith already qualifies as the best number 62. Erik Goeddel had a few too many bad seasons for me to put him over Smith. Time will tell if they swap.

63 – Tim Peterson

Another 2018 Mets rookie on our list, Tim Peterson doesn’t need to do much for his name to stay on this list. Up against only Chris Schwinden and Gabriel Ynoa and their horrific MLB careers, I give him the slight edge because of how abruptly their big league lives lasted.

64 – Elmer Dessens

To my surprise, the best number 64 in Mets history is actually a good one. Elmer Dessens spent his final two seasons with the Mets. The 2.71 ERA was quite strong for a pitcher at any age let alone one nearing 40.

65 – Robert Gsellman

As the lone number 65 in team history, I’m stuck selecting Robert Gsellman. I like the guy so I won’t fuss over the choice.

66 – Josh Edgin

Josh Edgin and Ty Kelly are the only two Mets to wear number 66. Edgin, despite never really becoming a true star in the bullpen, still managed to put together a solid career with the baseball club in Flushing.

67 – Seth Lugo

Like Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo is the only player in franchise history to wear this number. He gets the nod from me. It’s a favorable and unchallenged one, too.

68 – Jeff McNeil

Are we all cool with choosing Jeff McNeil over Dario Alvarez? I think we are.

69 – N/A

Until the Mets sign Rob Gronkowski or another frat boy, I’m not sure anyone will choose this number.

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