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New York Mets: The all-time best player born in all 50 states

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates his three run homerun to take a 4-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates his three run homerun to take a 4-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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3 May 1998: Pitcher John Franco of the New York Mets in action during a game against the Colorado Rockies at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets defeated the Rockies 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport

Nebraska – Richie Ashburn

Todd Pratt had his big hit for the Mets, but it’s an even more important ex-Philadelphia Phillies player who is the greatest from Nebraska. Hall of Fame outfielder Richie Ashburn was on the 1962 Mets and an All-Star that same season. He batted .306 for the Mets in his final big league season.

The other notable Nebraska natives to choose from are not so notable.

Nevada – Chasen Bradford

You probably didn’t expect to see Chasen Bradford on this list. Until they somehow land Bryce Harper, the greatest Nevada-born player in team history is Bradford. But hey, a 3.74 ERA in 28 games isn’t so bad.

The only other name to choose from is Paul Sewald. It will take a few years of really good baseball to convince me he belongs on this list.

New Hampshire – Don Florence

Well, between the pair of New Hampshire natives who have played for the Mets, Don Florence has the better numbers. Against the odds, Florence won 3 games out of the bullpen for the 1995 Mets while delivering a 1.50 ERA in 14 games. He never pitched in the big leagues again after this season. This may have something to do with the 6.14 ERA he had in Triple-A the following season.

Kevin McGowan is the only other man from New Hampshire to have played for the Mets. His career is about as memorable as Florence’s.

New Jersey – Al Leiter

Only a stone’s throw away from New York, New Jersey has produced some quality players in Mets history. Without a doubt, pitcher Al Leiter is the best. He was one of the better arms in their rotation in the 1990s and 2000s and is among the leaders in several statistics for the franchise.

If things had gone his way, Bobby Jones would have been an easy contender. However, Leiter is the runaway victor here.

New York – John Franco

Plenty of New Yorkers have had successful careers in Flushing. The greatest hometown hero in franchise history is John Franco. Among the all-time saves leader in MLB history, Franco beats out the rest of his fellow Empire State competitors.

A few other names worth considering are Ed Kranepool, Lee Mazzilli, and perhaps even Bobby Bonilla. The greatest player from New York to ever suit up for the Mets is Warren Spahn, but his days in Flushing were less than memorable.

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