Kentucky – Tyler Clippard
I hate adding anyone who spent only one year with the Mets to this list, but there haven’t been many great Kentucky natives in Mets history. Tyler Clippard’s 32 games with them at the end of 2015 is enough for me to give him the nod if only because he didn’t stick around long enough to ruin my opinion.
If history was favorable to the Mets, Doug Flynn would have taken this award.
Louisiana – Rusty Staub
Both beloved and talented, Rusty Staub is the greatest Mets player from Louisiana. In parts of nine seasons with the Mets, Staub hit .276/.358/.419.
Maybe one day Seth Lugo can beat out Staub. Until then, Le Grand Orange has the title.
Maine – Carl Willey
You can count on one hand how many men from Maine have played for the Mets. Carl Willey was the first and best. A 10-18 record and 3.29 ERA in 241 innings is good enough for this honor.
If you can name the other two Mets from Maine without looking, you deserve a spot in their front office.
Maryland – Ron Swoboda
Ron Swoboda is best remembered by Mets fans for one amazing catch. However, he was a decent hitter, too. Occasional pop and several seasons of finding ways to draw walks and get on base highlight his time with the Metropolitans.
Maryland hasn’t offered the Mets too many great names. The most important might be Baltimore native and former general manager, Frank Cashen.
Massachusetts – Turk Wendell
A part of me has a hard time believing Turk Wendell is from Massachusetts. Then, I remember every New England Patriots Super Bowl parade and it makes sense. He’s an eccentric man and my choice as the best Mets player from this state.
An honorable mention should go to Tom Glavine whose Mets tenure was certainly disappointing.