Landing a World Series MVP
On August 28, 1984, they made up for the mistake. The Mets landed third baseman Ray Knight for a player to be named later. The player became multiple players with Gerald Young, Manuel Lee, and Mitch Cook going down to Houston to complete the deal.
If you know anything about Mets history, you already see where this is going. Knight is one of only two players in team history to own a World Series MVP. It’s hard to win a World Series MVP without taking home a ring, too.
I won’t get into what the three players the Mets dealt away did in Houston. Whatever they accomplished pales in comparison to what the Metropolitans got out of Knight.
Knight’s 1984 season included 27 games in a New York uniform. He hit .280 in his 101 plate appearances. The next year, with 290 trips to the plate, he batted just .218. For the second straight year, the Mets were a competitive team, but not good enough to make the postseason.
Everything changed in 1986. The Mets captured the National League pennant after defeating the Astros and Knight played a major role in both the regular season and World Series.
In the first 162 games, Knight slashed .298/.351/.424. He drove 11 home runs and knocked in 76.
The real important games happened in October. After batting just .167 in the NLCS, Knight turned it up in the World Series. He .391/.440/.565. He had some of the biggest hits for the team and scored the game-winning run on the infamous Bill Buckner error.