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New York Mets Opening Day start leaders at each position

NEW YORK - AUGUST 22: Bud Harrelson speaks at a press conference commemorating the New York Mets 40th anniversary of the 1969 World Championship team on August 22, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 22: Bud Harrelson speaks at a press conference commemorating the New York Mets 40th anniversary of the 1969 World Championship team on August 22, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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COOPERSTOWN, NY – JULY 24: Hall of Famer Tom Seaver is introduced at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2011 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Opening Day is a chance to see your favorite New York Mets back in action. These players lead the way in Opening Day starts at their position in team history.

Seeing your name in the starting lineup on Opening Day is something I’m sure all baseball players look forward to. Every year since 1962, nine different New York Mets have seen their name listed there. In 2016, ten men got to start there when Michael Conforto was named the first Opening Day DH in Mets history.

To honor those men who earned the Opening Day starts for the Mets more often than anyone else, let’s go position-by-position and look at the most frequent game one starters in team history.

Pitcher – Tom Seaver, 11

It’s no surprise to see Tom Seaver listed here. The Hall of Fame pitcher started 11 Opening Day games for the Mets. From 1968-1977, he was called upon to pitch the first game of the season.

Seaver made his final start for the Mets on Opening Day in 1983. Although this was near the end of his career, Tom Terrific still delivered six shutout innings in a 2-0 Mets win.

Catcher – Jerry Grote, 9

Longtime Mets catcher Jerry Grote made more starts on Opening Day for the franchise than anyone else. The first of his nine starts took place in 1966 with the final occurring in 1976.

In 1968, J.C. Martin got the start and 1973 it was Duffy Dyer who got the call. Other than those two seasons, you could count on seeing Grote behind the plate in the first game of the season.

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