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

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets hits a double and drives in a run as Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees looks on in the first inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on July 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets hits a double and drives in a run as Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees looks on in the first inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on July 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/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)

4) Darryl Strawberry RF

Darryl Strawberry is a Mets legend and a former first overall pick in the 1980 MLB draft. His best season came in 1988, where he slugged 39 home runs, with 101 RBI and a .505 slugging percentage, and finished second in NL MVP voting.

Strawberry holds a place in Mets lore, but he also played five seasons with the Yankees. Despite being a seven-time All-Star and MVP candidate with the Metropolitans, Strawberry wasn’t the same player with the Yankees. His best season came in 1998, where he hit 24 HR, had 57 RBI, and slugged .542. He was also an integral part of the Yankees 1996 World Series champion team, where he hit three home runs in the ALCS, two of which came in Game Four.

3) David Cone P

Current Yankees broadcaster David Cone had fantastic seasons with both the Mets and the Yanks. In 1988, with the Mets, he won 20 games on the mound, pitched to a 2.22 ERA, and finished third in NL Cy Young voting. Cone played with the Mets from 1988-1991 and logged over 200 innings in each season. He also led the National League in strikeouts in back to back seasons (1990 and 1991).

Cone arrived to the Yankees for the 1995 season, and had his best year in 1998, Tossing 207.2 innings, pitching to a 3.55 ERA, and winning 20 ball games for the second time in his career. Cone put up numbers for both the Mets and Yankees that give him Hall of Fame consideration, placing him third on my list.

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