Best Mets who have had two tours with the orange and blue
By Alan Karmin
Mets Starting Pitchers
How could it have happened? The face of the organization? Players come and players go. But the big head-scratcher is right here.
Tom Seaver (41) is the perfect example of everything that was wrong with the Mets organization. Yes…that’s what I said. His statistics with the Mets are nothing short of amazing. But his presence goes so far beyond those numbers.
The man that gave legitimacy to the Mets, was sent packing by ownership, specifically, by M. Donald Grant. The “Franchise” was traded for a mere bag of balls on what has been called “The Midnight Massacre” on June 15, 1977. All because he wasn’t the “good little soldier” that Grant liked to see. The next ownership, the new regime, decided to bring Tom Terrific back for the 1983 season. But they also bungled it. The “brain trust” left him off the 40-man roster and he was selected by the Chicago White Sox and was, gulp, gone again.
And then the Wilpons took control, got a stadium built, and there is more reverence for the Brooklyn Dodgers than the Mets. Where’s the statue of Tom Seaver? He certainly deserved it, and truly deserved to witness it before he passed. Just shameful.
David Cone (44, 17, 16) came to the Mets in an unheralded trade with the Kansas City Royals following the 1986 season. There wasn’t much thought of it until he broke out during the 1988 season and went 20-3. Cone was a dominant fixture in the Mets rotation for five-plus seasons while winning 80 games and striking out more than 1,100 batters.
He was exiled during the 1992 season in the trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that brought Jeff Kent to the Mets. Cone would enjoy success with the Jays, as well as in his second tour with the Royals, before landing with the Yankees and spending some productive seasons during their dynasty of the late 90’s. In 2003 he tried to make a comeback with the Mets at age 40 and was not effective and soon retired to the broadcast booth.