New York Mets: Assembling the all-time defensive team in club history
By Allen Settle
Mets Greatest Defensive Catcher – Jerry Grote
The Mets have an uncommon amount of historical excellence at the catcher position. Superstars like Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, and Todd Hundley all hold the distinction of being a part of the Mets’ family. However, one New York backstop holds the distinction of the best defender in the position’s history: Jerry Grote. Grote was the first, and possibly only standout catcher to make a name for himself based more on his glove and arm than his bat.
While he was surprisingly never selected for an individual defensive award, the legend was the catalyst behind a starting staff that included Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Tug McGraw, Jerry Koosman, and Ron Taylor.
He edges out Gary Carter for the honor of the best defensive catcher in franchise history.
Honorable Mention: Gary Carter
Mets Greatest Defensive Pitcher – Ron Darling
Only one pitcher has ever been awarded a Gold Glove award while he was a member of the Mets’ team. Uncoincidentally, this player is also the all-defensive team’s starter at the position. Ron Darling was one of the games best at preventing runs not only with his pitching arm but also with his glove. His prime seasons also came while wearing blue and orange. He holds a career .939 field percentage and a reputation as one of the best specialists in team history.
Unless Marcus Stroman plays several more seasons in Queens while recapturing his Gold Glove form, Darling is positioned to retain his spot for many years to come.
Honorable Mention: Marcus Stroman
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