By John Schweibacher
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Jose Reyes was voted the starting shortstop (he’s on the DL and won’t be playing) and Carlos Beltran was selected as a reserve by National League manager Bruce Bochy for the 2011 All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
Here are the top 10 most memorable All-Star Game performances by New York Mets:
10. 1968 Jerry Koosman: Saves 1-0 NL win by striking out Carl Yastrzemski in the 9th at the Houston Astrodome.
9. 1987 Sid Fernandez: Gets the save for NL squad managed by Mets skipper Davey Johnson in 2-0, 13-inning win at Oakland Coliseum.
8. 2006 David Wright: Becomes 2nd Mets player to hit a an All-Star Game home run, a solo shot vs. Kenny Rogers, in a 3-2 NL loss at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
7. 1967 Tom Seaver: Works a scoreless 15th inning to save the NL’s 2-1 win over AL at Anaheim Stadium.
6. 1972 Tug McGraw: Earns the win with four strikeouts in two innings in a 4-3, 10-inning NL victory at Fulton-County Stadium in Atlanta.
5. 1970 Tom Seaver: NL starter works three shutout innings with four strikeouts as Gil Hodges leads the Senior Circuit to a 5-4, 12-inning victory at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.
4. 1996 Lance Johnson: Starting left fielder leads NL to 6-0 win over AL, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium.
3. 1984 Dwight Gooden: Doctor K becomes the youngest all-star ever, hurling two scoreless innings, including striking out the side in the 5th, as the NL tops the AL, 3-1, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
2. 1979 Lee Mazzilli: Maz ties the game with 8th inning pinch-hit homer vs. Jim Kern, the first ever by a Met in the mid-summer classic, and draws bases-loaded walk against Ron Guidry in the 9th to bring home deciding run in the NL’s 7-6 victory at Seattle’s Kingdome.
1. 1975 Jon Matlack: Becomes the only Met to be named All-Star Game MVP (sharing the honors with the Cubs’ Bill Madlock) after getting the victory with four K’s in two innings of relief as the NL defeats the AL, 6-3, at County Stadium in Milwaukee.
Did we miss any? Let Schwei know in the comments below…