Mets and Yankees Rivalry: Top five playing careers for both teams

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COOPERSTOWN, NY – JULY 24: Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson is introduced at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2016 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

During the rivalry between the New York Mets and New York Yankees, some players have teamed up for each side. These five men had the best careers for both New York baseball teams.

The New York Mets and New York Yankees have one of the most iconic rivalries in professional sports. Both teams often compete to be crowned the king of New York each season.

In 2015, during the Subway Series, the Yankees tweeted a score update referring to themselves as “Big Brother”, and the Mets as “Little Brother”. This quipping is something that Mets and Yankees fans have seen for years.

Most baseball fans, whether fans of the teams or not, have some type of interest in Subway Series every year, perhaps due to the big New York market and the legacy of both teams. Some notable major league ball players have had tremendous careers and played for both teams.

These five players that have donned both the Mets’ orange and blue and the Yankee pinstripes had arguably the best-combined careers for both teams.

5) Rickey Henderson LF

Rickey Henderson, baseball’s all-time stolen base leader and single-season stolen base record holder, played two seasons with the Mets, and five with the Yankees. Despite being in the latter part of his career when he played for the Mets, Henderson produced. In his year 40 season (1999) Henderson swiped 37 bases, hit .315, and had an OBP of .423.

His best year with the Yankees was in 1985, where he stole 80 bases, had 72 RBI, and hit .314. Henderson was fun to watch and played the game hard, he was once quoted saying “If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I haven’t done anything in the baseball game”. He ranks fifth on my list.

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