A more modern Hall of Famer younger fans may remember, Roberto Alomar joined the Mets in 2002 after 12 consecutive All-Star seasons. It didn’t take long for the addition to turn ugly.
Alomar hit only .266/.331/.376 with 11 home runs in his first Mets season. For the first time in four years, he didn’t win a Gold Glove. His former team, the Cleveland Indians, clearly knew the end was near for the 2001 fourth-place MVP finisher.
The next season wasn’t much better for Alomar. In 73 games played, the future member of Cooperstown batted .262/.336/.357 with two home runs. The Mets traded him and some cash to the Chicago White Sox in July for three players.
This ended Alomar’s forgettable stint in Queens. What could have turned into a solid move by the team ended up as a footnote in team history.
Joe Torre is one of those rare men who played for the Mets and managed them as well. Unfortunately, he didn’t excel in either area. When doing the latter, the results were far worse.
As a player, for which he is not a Hall of Famer but a pretty darn good one in his prime, Torre hit .267 in just under 800 plate appearances. The final three years of his playing career took place with the Mets so the expectations weren’t especially high anyway.
It’s the time as the manager that earns Torre a spot on this list. He took over in 1977 in the final year of his playing career. These dark days in team history included several very bad seasons. The Mets flirted with 100-losses in each full season he managed.
Torre did later find success as a manager elsewhere, most notably as the man in charge with the New York Yankees beginning in 1996. His days as the Mets manager, though, remain a black eye on his Hall of Fame career. Thankfully, black eyes do clear up.
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In the team’s history, other Hall of Famers made their way through the organization. Tom Glavine, though disappointing, is an example of someone who didn’t live up to expectations but had solid overall numbers. Had he suffered a few more tough losses, his name may have been included on this list.