Ranking the Mets career of each player and coach with a retired number
3) New York Mets retired numbers: Keith Hernandez #17.
Hernandez was a member of the Mets from 1983 to 1989. A natural born leader, he was the captain of the 1986 World Champion team. He held a team together that was known for bragging, brawling, and curtain calls on their way to 108 regular season wins in 1986 and 100 wins and a National League East title in1988. Hernandez was a six time gold glove winner and three time all-star with the Mets. He is fourth in both batting average (.297) and on-base percentage (.387) in club history. Keith Hernandez is one of only four players to have served as Mets team captain.
2) New York Mets retired numbers: Mike Piazza #31.
Piazza’s Mets career spanned from 1998 to 2005. He led his team to the playoffs in 1999 and to the National League pennant the following year with an appearance in the 2000 World Series. A seven time All-Star, Piazza hit 220 homeruns and added 655 RBI’s with the Mets. His .542 slugging percentage is the highest in team history. Mike Piazza is considered by many to be the greatest hitting catcher of all time. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.
1) New York Mets retired numbers: Tom Seaver #41.
Known as The Franchise, Seaver was the Mets’ first home grown star. He was the 1967 Rookie of the Year, a three time Cy Young Award winner, and a nine time All-Star while in New York. Seaver won 198 games with the Mets on his way to a career total of 311. He struck out 200 or more batters for nine consecutive seasons. Tom Seaver was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and is considered to be one of the greatest right handed pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball. He is our #1 New York Met of all time.
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What number will be the next one to be retired and lifted up to the rafters at Citi field? Could it be Gary Carter’s #8? Maybe it'll be David Wright’s #5? It might even be The Polar Bear Pete Alonzo’s #20 or The Flying Squirrel Jeff McNeil's #1 someday. But, you’ll have to keep following Casey’s Amazin’ Mets to find out. Let's go Mets.