Catcher – Paul Lo Duca in 2006
End the drought, Wilson Ramos! The new Mets catcher for the 2019 season has a very good chance to become the first catcher to go to the All-Star Game since Paul Lo Duca did so in 2006.
It feels like a lot longer, but a little more than a decade isn’t too bad when compared to other positions.
Perhaps this is because the Mets sent Mike Piazza to plenty of All-Star Games. Before him, they also had Todd Hundley, Gary Carter, and others. Lo Duca remains the most recent. Hopefully, it changes soon.
Right Field – Darryl Strawberry in 1990
Right field has not been a position of strength for the Mets. We’ve seen some good players, but few All-Star caliber seasons. That’s why you have to visit 1990 to find the last right fielder from the Mets to play in this game.
Darryl Strawberry’s selection in the year before grunge went national is the most recent year we’ve seen a Mets right fielder in this game. Strawberry went there several teams before, making it harder to believe it has been this long since anyone at the position has made it.
First Base – Keith Hernandez in 1987
Trips to the All-Star Game by Carlos Delgado, John Olerud, or even a fluky one by Lucas Duda never happened during their Mets careers. The last time the Mets had a first baseman go to the All-Star Game was in 1987.
It’s no shock to see the name Keith Hernandez here. Hernandez was the best first basemen in Mets history and a perennial All-Star throughout the decade. Since his departure, it’s been a more barren position.
Putting a first baseman in the All-Star Game is tough. It’s an offensive powerhouse position and many quality players are often passed over. We’ll have to hope Peter Alonso lives up to the hype or the Mets find someone else in the next few years. Otherwise, the longest absence from the All-Star Game at any position may reach 40.
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