New York Mets All-Time Lists

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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70 – Wilfredo Tovar

We have to ask ourselves; what’s worse? Is a 7.71 ERA or a .167 batting average the bigger embarrassment? That’s the argument between Eric Handhold and Wilfredo Tovar. I’ll go with the latter because as of now, Tovar has at least one year where he batted .200 albeit over 7 games.

71 – Gonzalez Germen

Uncontested, Gonzalez Germen is the best Mets player to wear number 71. The lifetime Mets ERA of 4.31 isn’t half-bad either.

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72 – Carlos Torres

Relief pitcher Carlos Torres pitched out of the bullpen for three straight years in Flushing. During his time in Queens, we also saw him start a few games. He performed well, posting a 3.59 ERA overall. He’s a much better 72 than I could have predicted.

73 – Kenny Rogers

Daniel Zamora has an opportunity to take the place of good old Kenny Rogers, but for now, I’m going with the veteran. Rogers made only 12 starts for the Mets in 1999. However, his 5-1 record and 4.03 regular season ERA makes him a fine choice. Let’s ignore his disastrous postseason, though.

74 – N/A

Our second number without a choice. Maybe this is the number they’ll give Peter Alonso when he finally reaches the show.

75 – Francisco Rodriguez

Better known to his friends as K-Rod, Francisco Rodriguez was a Mets closer we expected to see a lot more from. As the only player to wear number 75, he’s the pick.

76 – N/A

Don’t worry; we’re almost done. Only two taken numbers left.

77 – Tomas Nido

This is another messy one. D.J. Carrasco, Tomas Nido, and Buddy Baumann all wore double-seven. I’ll select Nido based on the fact that he may get better. The others, not so much.

78-98 – N/A

Nobody was worn these numbers. Until MLB expands rosters to 50 men, I don’t see it happening.

99 – Turk Wendell

Eccentric reliever Turk Wendell has been the only one adventurous enough to wear Wayne Gretzky’s number 99. Thankfully, we end this list strong as Wendell was a pretty good arm out of the bullpen for the Mets.

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