From the 1960s to today, these are the New York Mets players who led each decade in home runs.
New York Mets baseball began in 1962 with the worst team record-wise in MLB history. The roster didn’t stay together for long. By the end of the decade, they had become World Series Champions.
Over the years, they’ve employed a few guys with some amazing power but unfortunately, nobody stuck around long enough to ever reach 300 home runs in his Mets career. Reviewing the current roster, it may not happen anytime soon either.
The Mets have had a few, for lack of a better word, underwhelming home run leaders per decade. Beginning with the 1960s and working up to the present day, these are the men who hit the most four-base hits for this ball club.
1960s – Ed Kranepool with 62
Nobody circled the bases for the Mets in the 1960s more than Ed Kranepool. His career began in 1962 as a teenager with the ball club. For the remainder of the decade, he would manage to smash a total of 62 long balls.
This isn’t an amazing feat by any means. One year before he began his playing career, Roger Maris hit one fewer in a single season.
Kranepool wasn’t known as a home run hitter. The 16 he hit in 1966 was the best of his career.
By the time Kranepool finished his 18-year playing career with the Mets, he had 115 home runs. Longevity, attendance, and loyalty are the main reasons why Kranepool was the 1960s Mets Home Run King. Fortunately, future decades would have more powerful bats in the lineup.