The 2019 New York Mets employ three men I see worthy of finding a spot in the franchise’s top 30 players of all-time.
Several months ago, I put together a list of the 30 greatest players to ever suit up for the New York Mets. I remember putting together the list while my wife got her “hair did” while wondering which players I may have missed. I think I did a pretty good job at including all of the best, ranking them appropriately as well.
After the 2019 season, I’m already rethinking a few of the choices I made. Specifically, I’m worried how outdated it may become in the near future.
The Mets have been around for almost 60 years and I think we can all agree on at least 25 of the guys who should be on the list. Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza, David Wright, and other notable names are easy selections. We can rank them differently, but we all know they belong. You cannot tell the story of the Mets without including them.
A funny thing happens with baseball history. As it unfolds, we don’t always appreciate it to the fullest. Sure, we can acknowledge a player like Mike Trout is “generational.” Do we really understand what it means until kids who haven’t even been born yet admire him?
The 2019 Mets were mostly likable with a few standout stars. Although many of their careers have yet to unfold enough to move them onto any all-time greats list, my crystal ball tells me they will find a spot in the future. Free agency may get in the way, but hopefully, they stay around long enough to receive the honor they’ll likely have no idea exists.
Honorable Mention: Seth Lugo
Before I get into the three players who I believe become top 30 Mets of all-time, let’s give an honorable mention to Seth Lugo. The pitcher who can do anything is a throwback to the times of Tug McGraw and Jesse Orosco—two players on the list of the greatest Metropolitans in franchise history.
It’s not easy to pitch in relief and get the credit owed to you. Lugo is one of the few middle relievers who gets the attention he deserves. If he’s able to lock down those middle innings for several more seasons, it’s going to be tough to ignore how valuable he was to this ball club even in a non-closer role.