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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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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 17: R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 17, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Rhode Island – Ron Locke

Rhode Island isn’t known as a state that produces incredible athletes. The list of Mets from here prove the reputation. Ron Locke’s 25 games and 3.48 ERA in one season back in 1964 makes him the choice here.

The only other player I thought about naming was Dan Wheeler. He spent a little more time with the Mets but had an ERA of 4.25.

South Carolina – Mookie Wilson

We have another easy selection in South Carolina. Longtime Mets center fielder Mookie Wilson is from a town called Bamberg. As one of the greatest Mets of all-time, I feel confident putting him as this state’s representative.

There aren’t any other players who had nearly the same impact as Wilson did.

South Dakota – Tom Hausman

South Dakota is a big state with few people and even less baseball. From the minimal number of players to pick, Tom Hausman is the best. The former Mets pitcher spent several seasons in New York, posting a 3.66 ERA as a starter and reliever.

If you can guess anyone else from South Dakota who played for the Mets, you are a true fan.

Tennessee – R.A. Dickey

One of the men who won a Cy Young for the Mets calls Tennessee home. Have you figured it out? It’s our good friend, R.A. Dickey. The ageless knuckleballer is from Nashville and the best player from this state to wear orange and blue.

Manager Mickey Callaway and LOOGY Jerry Blevins are another recent pair from Tennessee who have made their mark on the franchise; both good and bad.

Texas – Jerry Grote

Jerry Grote is the best Mets player to come out of Texas. Easily a top-five catcher in the franchise’s history, he’s a fine representative from the Lone Star State.

However, Grote’s spot may not be safe for long. This is the home state of Noah Syndergaard. I would currently rank Thor number two and Nolan Ryan number three in Mets history.

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