An “all-power” lineup for the New York Mets includes some of the franchise’s greatest players.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. In the world of the New York Mets, absolute power lands you in the heart of fans.
Hitting home runs goes a long way toward success in Major League Baseball. A single dinger can shift momentum. It can secure a lead or put your team ahead.
You already know all of this. You’ve seen plenty of members from the orange and blue round the bases after hitting baseballs a long way. But which of them did it the best? We’ve put together an “all-power” lineup for the Mets.
Pitcher – Dwight Gooden
Pitchers and home runs usually go together in a bad way. Every nine times through the lineup, however, they have a chance to spin positively.
Dwight Gooden was more than a dazzling young arm on the Mets in the 1980s. He was also a pitcher who could rake. He managed to hit 7 home runs for the Mets during his time with the Amazins. Together with a .197 batting average, he’s certainly worthy of a spot on this list.
Unlike Tom Seaver who managed to smack 3 home runs in a single-season, Doc spread his out. He only hit more than a single dinger once in his career, when in 1993 he knocked a pair over the wall.
Catcher – Mike Piazza
During parts of 8 seasons with the Mets, Piazza smashed 220 home runs. His highest came in 1999 when he reached 40—just one shy of the franchise record.
It’s the consistency that made Piazza such a threat for home runs. From 1999-2002, he averaged 37 all while playing the catcher position. This meant more wear and tear on his body and fewer at-bats because of more regular off-days. It never stopped Piazza in his career on his path to 427 home runs before retirement.