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New York Mets History: Top 10 individual seasons by catchers

FLUSHING, NY - JUNE 5: Mike Piazza #31 of the New York Mets smiles during the second game of a double header with the San Francisco Giants at Shea Stadium on June 5, 2005 in Flushing, New York. The Mets won 12-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac /Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - JUNE 5: Mike Piazza #31 of the New York Mets smiles during the second game of a double header with the San Francisco Giants at Shea Stadium on June 5, 2005 in Flushing, New York. The Mets won 12-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac /Getty Images)
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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)

The catcher position has tradionally been a strength of the New York Mets. Which individual seasons by Mets backstops are the ten best in franchise history?

The New York Mets and catchers go together perfectly. In their history, they’ve often employed some topnotch backstops.

Lately, there has been a drought behind the plate. Optimistic fans are hoping for some stellar seasons out of Wilson Ramos beginning in 2019 while others wish they could travel back in time and take some of the franchise’s greatest catchers with them back to the future.

From 1962-2018, I’ve searched through the Mets record books to find the best individual seasons by catchers in franchise history. Unfortunately, after much searching through dusty books, I realized most of this information is on something called the Internet; whatever that is.

All-Stars, Hall of Famers, and a few guys only Mets fans will remember have made this list of the best individual seasons by Mets catchers.

10) Jerry Grote in 1968

Jerry Grote is an all-time Mets great. As part of the 1969 squad, he gets free beer in Flushing for life.

His 1968 season, however, was the best as an individual. Grote made the first of two All-Star appearances thanks to his Gold Glove-worthy defense and career year at the plate.

Grote’s 2.0 WAR on defense is one of the best in Mets history among all positions. At the plate, he turned in a season which included a .282/.357/.349 batting line. Grote hit for limited power as was customary for his MLB career.

Still, the superb defense made up for the lack of home runs. It is without a doubt a top-ten season for Mets catchers.

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