NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gary Carter was the heart and soul of the 1986 World Series championship team, and one of the most beloved Mets of all time. Dwight Gooden was arguably the most electric and exciting pitcher in New York history.
But neither landed on the Mets’ “Franchise Four,” an MLB promotion celebrating the best players in baseball history.
Fans voted Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, Tom Seaver and David Wright to represent the Amazin’s, MLB announced before Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.
Eight nominees from each team were selected by a committee composed of MLB historians, statisticians and others. Carter, Gooden, John Franco and Darryl Strawberry all fell short of the Mets’ Mount Rushmore.
“The idea behind Franchise Four was to make the All-Star Game not only a celebration of the current All-Stars, but also a celebration of the game and the greatest players in the game,” MLB chief operating officer Tony Petitti said, according to the league’s official website. “We wanted to give fans a chance to recognize players they care the most about, and fans really responded.”
What do you think? Did Carter, Gooden, Franco or Strawberry deserve to make the Franchise Four?