David Cone played for many teams in his MLB career. He appeared in more games with the Mets than anyone else and put together the best season during his time with the orange and blue. Because of this and the statistics he put together during his Flushing days, he’s an easy choice for our all-time list of top Mets players.
The Mets were able to acquire Cone prior to the 1987 season in a steal of a trade. He didn’t have an amazing first year in New York, but in 1988, he had a Cy Young-worthy campaign.
Cone finished 1988 with a 20-3 record, 2.22 ERA and 213 strikeouts. He finished third in the Cy Young vote, 10th in the MVP and earned his first All-Star selection.
Over the next few seasons, Cone continued to pitch very well for the Mets. Though no season matched what he did in 1988, he was steady and effective.
Including the poor final season with the Mets in 2003, Cone finished his time in Queens with an 81-51 record, 3.13 ERA and 1,172 strikeouts.
While with the Mets, he twice led the league with strikeouts. He had a chance to do it for a third straight year in 1992, but a trade to the Toronto Blue Jays puts an asterisk on the career-high 261 strikeouts he had.
When it comes to Cone, I think many overlook his Mets’ tenure. He won a World Series with the Blue Jays and four more with the New York Yankees. The only Cy Young he took home came as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
Overall, his best numbers were as a member of the Mets. It’s where he got his feet wet and first consistently showed MLB hitters not to mess with him.