NEW YORK (WFAN) — As the Mets return to the postseason Wednesday night, we recently turned to our Facebook followers to help determine the ultimate Mets lineup.
We asked them to vote on the best ever Met at each position.
Here is the lineup card.
1. JOSE REYES, SS (2003-11, 2016-Present)
Reyes received 69 percent of the vote, easily beating out Bud Harrelson (16 percent). Now in his second tour with the Mets, Reyes, a four-time All-Star, ranks first in franchise history in stolen bases (379), second in runs scored (731), third in hits (1,368) and seventh in batting average (.291).
2. DAVID WRIGHT, 3B (2004-Present)
Wright coasted in the voting, taking 71 percent to Howard Johnson’s 14. The 14-year veteran, who is out for the season with a neck injury, is the Mets’ all-time leader in hits (1,777), RBIs (970), runs scored (949) and doubles (390), ranks second in home runs (242) and is tied for third in batting average (.296). Wright won a National League pennant with the Mets in 2015 and has been selected to seven All-Star Games.
3. MIKE PIAZZA, C (1998-2005)
The newly enshired Hall of Famer received 70 percent of the vote, beating Gary Carter’s 23 percent. Piazza played 7 1/2 seasons in Gotham and ranks third in franchise history in batting average (.296), home runs (220) and RBIs (655). He was a member of the Mets’ 2000 World Series team and was selected to six All-Star Games during his time in New York.
4. DARRYL STRAWBERRY, RF (1983-90)
Strawberry dominated the voting at his position more than any other Met, taking 88 percent while Rusty Staub placed second with 7 percent. Strawberry is the Mets’ all-time home run leader (252) and ranks second in RBIs (733), third in runs (662) and fifth in stolen bases (191). He was selected to seven consecutive All-Star Games as a Met.
5. YOENIS CESPEDES, LF (2015-Present)
Cespedes inclusion on the team was the biggest surprise. Forty-eight percent of voters felt Cespedes’ talent and enormous impact outweighed his limited time in New York. In the closest of all the votes, Cespedes beat out Cleon Jones, who received 32 percent of the vote. In a little more than a year in New York, Cespedes has batted .282 with 48 home runs and 130 RBIs and helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series.
6. CARLOS BELTRAN, CF (2005-11)
Beltran beat out Mookie Wilson, 59 percent to 25 percent, in the voting. He ranks in the top eight in franchise history in home runs (149), RBIs (559), runs (551), slugging percentage (.500) and on-base percentage (.369). Beltran was an All-Star in four of his seven seasons with the Mets.
7. EDGARDO ALFONZO, 2B (1995-02)
Alfonzo received 69 percent of the vote, compared to Wally Backman’s 15 percent. In eight seasons with the Mets, Alfonzo batted .292 (fifth in franchise history) with 120 home runs (ninth), 538 RBIs (seventh) and 614 runs (fifth). He was a member of the Mets’ 2000 World Series team.
8. KEITH HERNANDEZ, 1B (1983-89)
Hernandez took 85 percent of the vote. (Carlos Delgado finished second with 5 percent). Hernandez ranks second all-time in team history in batting average (.297) and ninth in RBIs (468). He was selected to three All-Star Games with the Mets, including during the 1986 world championship season.
9. TOM SEAVER, P (1967-77)
No surprise here. Seaver took 82 percent of the vote, compared to Dwight Gooden’s 13. Nearly 40 years after his Mets career ended, the three-time Cy Young Award winner still holds the team records for wins (198), ERA (2.57) and strikeouts (2,541). The Hall of Famer led the Mets to a world title in 1969 and an NL pennant in 1973.