New York Mets single-season home run leaders at each position

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25 May 1996: Catcher Todd Hundley of the New York Mets swings at a pitch during the Mets 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium in New York, New York.

Home runs can change a baseball game in a big way. In the history of the New York Mets, these men hit more of them in a single-season at their position than anyone else.

A home run can bring a team one swing away from tying it up or even put them ahead of the opponent. It’s the biggest hit in a game and a reset of the inning. In New York Mets history, there have been some major dingers.

Rather than focus on the quality of the home run, its impact, or how far it traveled—here we will emphasize the quantity. Every position has a chance to go yard in the National League. This means all nine positions on the field have a home run champion.

For this list of the Mets single-season home run leaders at each position, a player will qualify if the spot was their primary place on defense. So, if a guy made himself available at other positions, I’m not going to disqualify him.

Pitcher – Tom Seaver and Walt Terrell with 3 in 1972 and 1983

It doesn’t take a baseball savant to know the position with the fewest number of home runs is pitcher. The Mets single-season record is a shared one with Tom Seaver and Walt Terrell each hitting three.

Seaver hit 12 home runs in the big leagues half of which came as a member of the Mets. In 1972, he hit half of them.

A decade and a year later, starting pitcher Walt Terrell matched Seaver’s total. His 3 home runs in 1983 were the only ones he ever hit as a big leaguer.

Catcher – Todd Hundley with 41 in 1996

Until another guy on this list came around, Todd Hundley was not only the single-season home run leader for Mets catchers—he was also tied for the lead for any position. His 41 bombs in 1996 set a new record in franchise history.

The accomplishment was a bit of an anomaly with Hundley only ever reaching 30 one other time in his career. One season after setting the new record, Hundley hit 11 fewer for the second-highest total as a big leaguer.

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