North Carolina – Bobby Parnell
Hailing from North Carolina, I declare Bobby Parnell as the greatest Mets player from this state. Parnell’s 3.78 ERA with the team is nothing spectacular, however, three seasons of sub-3.00 ERAs is enough to award him this honor of what equates to mostly forgettable players.
There aren’t many great ballplayers from North Carolina who have played for the blue and orange squad. The best name award would go to Razor Shines with a hat tip to Trot Nixon who are both from Durham.
Ohio – Roger McDowell
This was one of the tougher decisions on the list. I wanted to give it to Lance Johnson but will concede victory to Roger McDowell for his longevity and World Series ring with the Mets. McDowell’s 3.13 ERA in 280 games is impressive and good enough to beat out Johnson’s fantastic 1996 campaign.
Oklahoma – Butch Huskey
In many ways, Butch Huskey never lived up to the expectations many had for him. While he did hit for some power, he was never much more than a guy Mets fans briefly beloved would become a star. His .264 batting average and 55 home runs in parts of five seasons are good enough for me to declare him the greatest Sooner.
The runner-up award goes to Braden Looper whose time as the team’s closer was short of spectacular but better than a disaster.
Oregon – Dave Kingman
There are two completely different players to consider for Oregon. Based on overall production, Dave Kingman gets the win over Wally Backman. His ability to do a lot more on offense than the light-hitting Backman wins me over. Plus, Backman only ever played in 100+ games for the Mets three times.
No other Mets come close to competing with these memorable men.
Pennsylvania – Mike Piazza
Some states are easy to pick than others. Mike Piazza is one of the greatest players of all-time and an easy pick to name the best to come from Pennsylvania and join the Mets.
If not for Piazza, Jon Matlack would get the honor. Thankfully, we live in a world where Piazza did play for the Mets.