These New York Mets may have turned 35, but it didn’t stop them from contributing.
This offseason, the New York Mets made some major changes in free agency, including trading for Robinson Cano and signing Jed Lowrie. Adding Cano was a major improvement at second base and Lowrie bolsters the team’s depth in the infield.
Cano, 36, and Lowrie, who will be 35 next month, look to have strong seasons late in their careers. With these two veterans heading into the year with high expectations, let’s take a look at the best Mets’ seasons at age 35 or older.
Narrowing down to only 10 seasons was fairly difficult. Falling just short of the top ten were Jose Valentin and Orel Hershiser.
Jose Valentin 2006 (36)
Jose Valentin was signed by the Mets prior to the 2006 season, originally to serve as a utility player. The 36-year old switch-hitter was coming off an injury-ridden and disappointing season.
Eventually, his consistent hitting earned him the promotion to starting second baseman. He rebounded to have one of the best seasons of his career, having an OPS of .820. The Puerto Rican native was a huge part of the 2006 National League East Division champs
Orel Hershiser 1999 (40)
In his second to last major league season, Orel Hershiser was a workhorse for the Mets. His 13 wins were tied for the club lead with Al Leiter. His 179 innings pitched were second most by a starter that year for the Amazin’s.
Even at 40, Hershiser was a huge producer in 1999. He was an instrumental part of the rotation for a playoff team and served as veteran leadership while taking on a heavy workload for a 40-year old.
Moises Alou 2007 (40)
At the age of 40, Moises Alou had a very impressive 2007 for the Amazins. The six-time All-Star decided to continue his career in Flushing, coming to the Mets on a one-year guaranteed deal worth $7.5 million. Not letting his age be a factor, Alou hit like a monster. Before tearing quadricep muscles a month into the season, he was hitting .318.
Despite only playing 87 games he set a franchise record by getting a 30-game hitting streak, which was the longest by a player over 30 as well. He finished the season hitting .341. Alou was a pleasant surprise when healthy for the Mets. He impressed them so much that they picked up his club option for the next season to play at 41.