Plenty of MLB players destined for Cooperstown spent some time with the New York Mets. These Hall of Famers probably should have kept driving.
When it comes to employing Hall of Fame players, the New York Mets do a fine job. Unfortunately, many times they’ve had these legendary MLB players near or at the very end of their careers.
As a result, these immortal members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame didn’t leave a lasting impression on Mets fans.
In their first year of existence, a future member of the Hall of Fame played for the Mets. Richie Ashburn spent his final year in New York. However, Ashburn earned a trip to the All-Star Game while posting some favorable numbers as a member of the expansion Metropolitans. Guys like him wouldn’t qualify for this list.
Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel had less to work with than most when he joined the Mets in their inaugural 1962 season. After leading the New York Yankees to multiple championships in the 1950s, Stengel picked up his managerial career with New York’s newest expansion squad. The results were pitiful.
In parts of four seasons as the Mets’ skipper, Stengel’s boys went 175-404. This equates to a winning percentage of .302.
The contrast was stark. When he managed the Yankees, the fewest wins he ever finished with was 79. This was back when the schedule included 154 games so the winning percentage was still above .500 by a few games.
Thanks to his run in the Bronx, Stengel was able to overcome the dreary Mets days and land a spot in Cooperstown.