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New York Mets: 30 greatest players in franchise history

NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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These 30 men are the best to ever play for the Amazin’ Mets.

Since 1962, the New York Mets have had a chance to employ some of baseball’s best. While we know they didn’t exactly have any elite players in their early years, they eventually began to draft well, make smart trades  and ink free agents to favorable deals.

Through more than half a century, the Mets have put several players in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Even those who didn’t quite make it into Cooperstown had an impact on the game and franchise. Exciting rookies, Cy Young Award winners and a few MVP candidates have worn the orange and blue.

Being a great Mets player is about more than statistics, though. The franchise has an identity. This is an organization often looked at as an underdog. Each time they won a championship, they beat great odds.

For me, greatest exceeds numbers. It’s also about loyalty, longevity and endearing yourself to the fans. Numbers will certainly push a player over the top, but without love from the fans, can we really call someone great?

Because we have seen many decades of Mets baseball, it’s not always the easiest thing to compare numbers. Someone who hit .260 in 1968 had a much better year than someone who did the same in 1998. With this in mind, it’s helpful to look at how many awards players won and other honors they took home during their playing days.

Lastly, it’s how relevant they mean all these years later. Some very talented Mets players have faded into the history books. Others may not have had the same totals, but came up with big hits or catches to become a true Mets great.

With the criteria set and hundreds of players to choose from, these are the 30 greatest Mets of all-time.

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