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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manager Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets greets Davey Johnson and Bud Harrelson during a ceremony prior to a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in the Queens Borough of New York City.
The Dodgers defeated the Mets 9-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manager Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets greets Davey Johnson and Bud Harrelson during a ceremony prior to a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in the Queens Borough of New York City. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 9-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Gil Hodges is the best New York Mets manager of all-time (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

New York Mets all-time greatest managers – No. 1: Gil Hodges

Gil Hodges is his name. He was the manager who led the Amazin Mets to glory in 1969. He is the best manager the club has ever had.

Hodges first took the reins in 1968. The miserable decade of losing baseball was about to end on a positive note. The team now had the pitching to compete and some players with a whole lot of heart.

In his second year as the manager, the Mets went 100-62. They swept the Atlanta Braves in MLB’s inaugural NLCS then proceeded to beat the Baltimore Orioles in five games. Hodges’ playoff record finished at 7-1 and the first-ever championship for the team in Queens.

During the regular season, Hodges managed to lead the Mets to a 339-309 record which comes out to a .523 winning percentage. While not phenomenal, his biggest contribution was how he took an underdog team all the way to a parade few saw coming.

Sadly, Hodges passed away in April of 1972. He was only 47 with plenty of years left to give to baseball.

Every year when the Hall of Fame vote comes up, Hodges is one of those guys mentioned as a snub. It’s not for his managerial history, but what he did as a player primarily with the Brooklyn Dodgers. What he managed to do as the Mets manager just adds to his Cooperstown case. It also put him in great favor with the men he managed. It seems you can’t go long without hearing about how a former player or teammate of his wants to see him make it into the Hall of Fame.

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Hodges helped change the perception of Mets baseball. That reason alone is enough to declare him the best manager the Mets have ever had.

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