Some will argue Willie Mays as the greatest baseball player of all-time. If you only saw him with the Mets, you’d be a fool to think so.
Mays played 21 seasons with the New York/San Francisco Giants. In 1972, he was traded to the Mets. Although he did hit an okay .267 and finished his 69-game stint with a .402 batting average, the man was clearly near the end.
We saw this was indeed the case in 1973 when Mays wrapped up his spectacular career. Mays hit .211/.303/.344 in his final season. It was certainly not the ending he had hoped for, especially when the Mets fell one game shy of winning a World Series.
More than ten years had passed since Mays last played in a championship. With the final loss, this time with the Mets, his World Series record went to 1-4.
Duke Snider’s return to New York in 1963 did result in an All-Star appearance as a member of the Mets. However, with the way his overall numbers finished, it’s easy to argue against the honor.
In his lone year with the Mets, Snider batted .243/.345/.401 with only 14 home runs in 415 plate appearances. For a man who hit more home runs in the 1950s than anyone else, this was a huge fall from grace.
Even two years earlier when he received 266 plate appearances with the Los Angeles Dodgers, things turned out better. In that year, he hit .296/.375/.562 with 16 bombs. Clearly nearing the end, Snider’s one-and-done year with the Mets is a forgettable one in a Hall of Fame career.