New York Mets All-Time Lists

New York Mets: Top 10 WAR leaders in franchise history

By Allen Settle
NEW YORK - JULY 31: Former players Darryl Strawberry (L) and Dwight Gooden speak during a press conference for their induction into the New York Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 31: Former players Darryl Strawberry (L) and Dwight Gooden speak during a press conference for their induction into the New York Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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FLUSHING, NY – APRIL 2: Al Leiter #22 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium on April 2, 2003 in Flushing, New York. The Mets defeated the Cubs 4-1. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

8)      Al Leiter: 1987-2005 (Career Mets WAR: 28.0)

Career Stats (19 years): 382 Games Started, 162 Wins, 3.80 ERA, 1,974 Ks
Mets Stats (7 years): 213 Games Started, 95 Wins, 3.42 ERA, 1,106 Ks

Al Leiter is another player who spent a considerable portion of his storied career with other franchises. The two-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion played for the Amazins from 1998-2004. He would compile nearly 100 wins and over 1,000 strikeouts during his tenure in Queens.

Leiter spent 12 years commentator for the YES network covering the New York Yankees. Perhaps sometime in the future, we will see him rejoin the organization in some capacity.

7)      Edgardo Alfonzo: 1995-2006 (Career Mets WAR: 29.7)

Career Stats (12 years): 5,385 AB, 1,532 Runs, 146 HR, 744 RBI, 53 SB, .284 BA
Mets Stats (8 years): 3,897 AB, 641 Runs, 120 HR, 538 RBI, 45 SB, .292 BA

Edgardo Alfonzo represents the first unexpected name on this list. Baseball fans during the late 1990s and early 2000s remember the infielder as a solid hitter in the middle of the lineup. Unlike the other WAR leaders, Alfonzo only made one All-Star game in his career (2000), while adding a single Silver Slugger award in 1999.

His presence on this list is partially due to his longevity in New York. His consistent hitting over eight seasons in Queens, including a trip to the 2000 World Series, helped solidify Alfonzo as a top player.

6)      Carlos Beltran: 1998-2017 (Career Mets WAR: 31.1)

Career Stats (20 years): 9,768 AB, 1,582 Runs, 435 HR, 1587 RBI, 312 SB, .279 BA
Mets Stats (7 years): 3,133 AB, 551 Runs, 149 HR, 559 RBI, 100 SB, .280 BA

Carlos Beltran is one of the more interesting cases on this list. The nine-time All-Star was one of the best hitters in the 2000s. His storied career has also garnered Hall of Fame consideration. However, he only played for the orange and blue New York baseball squad from 2005-2011 and played for a total of eight teams in his career.

During his tenure in Queens, Beltran won three Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards. In just seven seasons, he established himself as one of the franchise’s best players.

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