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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) National League All-Star David Wright of the New York Mets greets baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver after the pair combined for the ceremonial first pitch before the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) National League All-Star David Wright of the New York Mets greets baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver after the pair combined for the ceremonial first pitch before the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 30: Mike Piazza waves to the fans before his number retirement ceremony before the start of a game between the Colorado Rockies and New York Mets at Citi Field on July 30, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

All-time best Mets catchers five years from now

The Mets have traditionally had some sensational catchers of the years. Defense has been a pretty big part of the club’s history. However, they have also had some absolute mashers at the plate.

Five years from now, what will the list of the top five Mets catchers look like? Once again, we ask our three guests:

Matt
1. Mike Piazza
2. Gary Carter
3. James McCann
4. Todd Hundley
5. John Stearns

Elizabeth
1. Mike Piazza
2. Gary Carter
3. Jerry Grote
4. John Stearns
5. Paul LoDuca

Michael
1. Mike Piazza
2. Gary Carter
3. Jerry Grote
4. Francisco Alvarez
5. Todd Hundley

I got a nice variety of answers here. Everyone believes Mike Piazza is number one and Gary Carter is second. If you put enough monkeys in a room and put a Mets cap on each of their heads, I think you’d get the same answer.

We start to see some arguments at number three. Matt is taking a big leap in predicting James McCann becomes the third-best catcher in club history within the next five seasons. I’d have to say, I disagree majorly here. Hopefully, he’s right and I’m wrong.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Michael both agree Jerry Grote is number three. Matt left Grote off of his list entirely. He wrapped his up with Todd Hundley and John Stearns respectively.

Elizabeth’s list took the least amount of risks. She doesn’t think anything will change. She was also the only one of the three to put Paul LoDuca on her list.

Michael did take one risk on his list. In the next five years, he believes catching prospect Francisco Alvarez will reach the majors and do enough to become the fourth-best catcher in Mets history. Is he that low on McCann or that high on Alvarez’s future?

As a part of this project, I didn’t ask for any input other than these lists. I’m purely speculating here as to what drove these Mets fans to make their lists the way they did.

The list I like the best is the one Elizabeth made. In the next five years, we’ll be lucky to see McCann accomplish enough to pass others. Alvarez, while someone with loads of talent, may need a little more time.

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