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 – OCTOBER 27: Right fielder Darryl Strawberry #18 of the New York Mets swings during game 7 of the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Shea Stadium on October 27, 1986 in Flushing, New York. The Mets won the series 4-3. (Photo by T.G. Higgins/Getty Images) /

5)      Darryl Strawberry: 1983-1999 (Career Mets WAR: 36.6)

Career Stats (17 years): 5,418 AB, 898 Runs, 335 HR, 1,000 RBI, 211 SB, .259 BA
Mets Stats (8 years): 3,903 AB, 662 Runs, 252 HR, 733 RBI, 191 SB, .263 BA

Darryl Strawberry is arguably the best power hitter the team has ever seen. In fact, his 252 home runs are the most a player has ever hit in a Mets uniform.

Over his storied career, Strawberry made eight All-Star games (seven with the Amazins), was the NL Rookie of the Year (1983), and won four World Series (including one in New York in 1986). Most metrics rank Strawberry as the second-best hitter in team history.

4)      Jerry Koosman: 1967-1985 (Career Mets WAR: 39.6)

Career Stats (19 years): 527 Games Started, 222 Wins, 3.36 ERA, 2,556 Ks
Mets Stats (12 years): 376 Games Started, 140 Wins, 3.09 ERA, 1,799 Ks

Jerry Koosman, alongside his fellow ace Seaver, ushered in the first great era the franchise has had. He would help lead the team to its first World Series titles and would also be inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

Without a doubt, the crafty lefty is an important part of this team’s history.

3)      Dwight Gooden: 1984-2000 (Career Mets WAR: 41.6)

Career Stats (16 years): 410 Games Started, 194 Wins, 3.51 ERA, 2,293 Ks
Mets Stats (11 years): 303 Games Started, 157 Wins, 3.10 ERA, 1,875 Ks

Just as Tom Seaver’s career began to draw to a close, the Mets found a new ace in Dwight Gooden. He is a former Cy Young winner (1985) still holds the team record for highest win percentage (at .649). Gooden also won three World Series during his career and was instrumental in the team’s second Championship in 1986.

Had Gooden stayed in Flushing longer or managed to stay away from his off-field issues, there’s no telling how high he would land on this list.

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