New York Mets

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New York Mets
founded in 1962
New-York-Mets-Logo.svgNew York Mets Insignia.svg
Full name
Metropolitan Baseball Club of New York
Nickname (s)
Mets, The Amazin 'Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans
Club colors
Blue, orange, white



Ball park (s)

General manager
Brodie Van Wagenen
Luis Rojas
Saul Katz

  • World Series (2):
    1969 , 1986
  • National League titles (5):
    1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2015
  • Division titles (6):
    1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2006, 2015
  • Wild Cards (3):
    1999, 2000, 2016
Website :

The New York Mets , actually Metropolitan Baseball Club of New York, one in 1962 based baseball team of Major League Baseball , which in Flushing in the New York borough Queens is located. The Mets have played their home games since 2009 at Citi Field near Flushing Meadows Park , in the immediate vicinity of which was Shea Stadium , where the Mets were active from 1964 to 2008.

The franchise plays since its inception in the National League , and since the introduction of the division in 1969, in the Eastern Division of the league.

The Mets' greatest successes were the World Series victories in 1969 and 1986 , with the Miracle Mets victory in 1969 being considered one of the greatest sensations in baseball history. Overall, the club qualified eight times for the MLB postseason and reached the finals of the US professional baseball leagues five times.

The Mets are one of two teams in the MLB based in New York; the other franchise is the New York Yankees , who play in the American League .


Prehistory and foundation

William Shea , who was a major contributor to the return of a New York team to the National League (1957)

In 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants left for California , leaving New York, the largest city in the United States , without a National League baseball team of its own. Two years later, on July 27, 1959, lawyer William Shea announced the establishment of a third major league, the Continental League . To this end, attempts were unsuccessful to recruit established National League teams, such as the Philadelphia Phillies or the Cincinnati Reds . After a year of contention, Shea and other Continental League organizers negotiated a deal with the established major leagues. The supporters of the Continental League decided not to found the league. In return, four new places were created in the existing leagues, two each in the National League and two in the American League. New York, under the leadership of Joan Whitney Payson and her husband Charles Shipman Payson, won the bid for one of the new teams in the National League . Both previously held shares in the New York Giants.

The new team now also needed a new name. From a total of 9,613 suggestions, of which 644 remained as the first selection, a list with ten suggestions was finally generated. “Avengers”, “Bees”, “Burros”, “Continentals”, “Jets”, “Metropolitans”, “NYBs”, “Rebels”, “Skyliners” and “Skyscrapers” were shortlisted. Team founder Payson, however, preferred "Meadowlarks" (dt: Meadow Lark) , this proposal but did not make it into the list of the last ten. Ultimately, the owners agreed on the name "Metropolitan Baseball Club of New York", or Mets for short. The name was chosen because it was quite close to the company "New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc." which had already been founded for the club. In addition, the name was historically significant, as a New York baseball team was named New York Metropolitans as early as the 19th century. The old Metropolitans played in the American Association from 1883 to 1887 . The name Mets was therefore very well received by fans and the press. In addition, the idea was to show that the team would not only represent the city, but the entire metropolitan area of New York.

1962–1968: lovable losers

In October 1961, the expansion draft in the National League was carried out to fill the roster of the new teams, i.e. the Mets and the Houston Colt .45s (today: Houston Astros ) alternately with players from other clubs. The Mets chose 22 players, including some who were quite successful in the past such as Roger Craig and Richie Ashburn . The Mets management decided to sign aging stars of the Dodgers (e.g .: Robert Craig, Gil Hodges ) or the Giants ( e.g .: Hobie Landrith, Ray Daviault ) in order to attract the fans with the help of the familiar faces to lure the games, which, however, meant that there were no young talents in the first squad.

In their first season in 1962, the Mets lost the first nine games in a row before they succeeded on April 23, 1962, the first MLB victory ever against the then undefeated Pittsburgh Pirates . They won the game away 9-1, with starter Jay Hook pitching all 9 innings and recording the first win of a Mets thrower. At the end of the regular season , the team recorded a miserable result of 40: 120, with a series of 17 defeats in a row from May 21 to June 6. With just 25% won games, this was the third worst in MLB since the turn of the century. Only one team in MLB history lost more games in one season than the '62 Mets, and that was the Cleveland Spiders in 1899 (with a score of 20-134). In the second season of 1963, the Mets increased only insignificantly and ended the season with 51 wins and 111 defeats.

Despite their lack of sporting success, the Mets of the 1960s were very popular with New York fans, perhaps precisely because of their unsuitability. During this time, ironic nicknames emerged for the Mets players, such as Marv Throneberry the name "Marvelous Marv" (German: the fabulous Marv), although he was by no means successful. Even their own players dealt with the situation in a sometimes ironic way.

“The Mets is a good thing. They give everybody jobs. Just like the WPA . "

“The Mets are a good thing. They give everyone a job. Just like the WPA. "

- Billy Loes, Mets pitcher :
The Shea Stadium , home of the Mets from 1964 to 2008

The Mets, who played the first two seasons in the Polo Grounds , the old stadium of the Giants, moved in 1964 to the newly built Shea Stadium , named after William Shea , which was located in Flushing in Queens and had 55,300 seats. The stadium was located near the place where the 1964 World's Fair in New York took place and was used by the New York Jets football team from 1964 to 1983 in addition to the Mets . In the opening year, the Shea was also the venue for the MLB All-Star Game , with second baseman Ron Hunt , a Mets player also being nominated for the selection game. In the first season in the new ball park and also in 1965, the team almost repeated the previous year's result and stood at 53 (1964) and 50 wins (1965) at the end of each round.

The number of successes could slowly be increased. Rookie Tom Seaver , who made his debut with the Mets on April 13, 1967 and was voted Rookie of the Year at the end of the season, played a major role in this . Nevertheless, the team ended the season again bottoming out in the division.

In 1968 the Mets were able to improve significantly compared to what they had done so far. For the first time, the focus was on young, talented players, such as the Houston catcher Jerry Grote or shortstop Bud Harrelson , who was hired from free agent status in 1963 . The newly signed pitcher Jerry Koosman also had a strong first season in New York and achieved 19 wins in 35 games with an ERA of just 2.08. In addition, manager Wes Westrum left the team and was replaced by Gil Hodges . Despite a significantly higher win rate of 45.1%, the 1968 season ended only in 9th position in the National League.

1969: The Miracle Mets / The Amazin 'Mets

The 1969 Mets season started evenly. It was the first season in the MLB after 99 years in which the leagues were divided into divisions. At the end of May the Mets were at 21:23 wins. In mid-August everything looked like the favored Chicago Cubs would certainly win the Eastern Division of the National League. At this point, the Mets were ten games back in third place. But the Cubs collapsed, whereas the Mets were able to win 38 of their last 49 games with the help of outstanding pitches from their young bull pen and, with 100: 62 wins, made it into the play-offs for the first time as the best team in the National League.

The Mets were subsequently referred to as "Amazin 'Mets" or "Miracle Mets". The nickname The Amazin 'Mets or The Amazins has survived to the present.

NLCS 1969

The first play-offs in franchise history began on October 4, 1969 with an away game with the Atlanta Braves , who had moved into the West Division with three games ahead of San Francisco in the National League Championship Series . The game at Atlanta Stadium was very even until the seventh inning and the lead changed several times. In the eighth inning, however, the Mets made five runs and finally won 9-5. Game 2, also away in Atlanta, dominated the team around Starting Pitcher Koosman from the start. After four and a half innings, the Mets were clearly leading 9-1. Left fielder Cleon Jones contributed three RBIs , two of which were from a 2-run home run . In the second half of the fourth inning, the Braves came up again to 6: 9, but in the end also lost game 2 against the Mets with 6:11. In Game 3, the Braves went 1-0 right at the beginning. When they first appeared in front of a home crowd in a playoff game, the Mets equalized in the third inning with a home run by Tommie Agee . After four innings, the Mets took the lead 3-2 and were able to extend their lead to two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth inning. After almost two and a half hours, the game ended 7: 4, the Mets sweeping the Braves 3: 0 and moved into the 1969 World Series.

World Series 1969

The 1969 World Series MVP , first baseman Donn Clendenon

In the following World Series in 1969, the Mets were blatant underdogs against the Baltimore Orioles , who had gone through the regular season with 109: 53 and subsequently defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-0 in the ALCS . Before the start of the series, it was suspected that the starpitcher Tom Seaver could win Game 1, but the Orioles would subsequently beat the Mets. But the exact opposite was the case. Seaver lost Game 1 away at Memorial Stadium and the World Series seemed lost. Orioles infielder Don Buford was able to use Seaver's second pitch for a home run. In the fourth inning, the Orioles increased to 4-0. The Mets' only run in the seventh inning couldn't change their defeat.

The equalization in the series in game 2 was very close. The Mets were able to hold a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning through a single home run by the eventual MVP of the World Series Donn Clendenon into the seventh , again away . Al Weis responded to the Orioles equalizing with an RBI in the last inning. The Mets won 2-1 and the series was even.

Game 3, the Mets' first World Series match at their home in Shea Stadium, went to the New Yorkers clearly 5-0 after a day off. Starting pitcher Gary Gentry got the win against his favorite opponent Jim Palmer . The later Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan secured the save .

Game 4 of the series, which could almost have been a copy of Game 2, was again very close. As in the 2-1 win three days earlier, the Mets took the lead with a single home run, again from Donn Clendenon. This time, too, the Orioles were able to equalize. After a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, the game had to be decided in extra innings. Pinch runner Rod Gaspar managed the decisive run in the tenth inning, the Mets went 2-1 from the field and extended their lead in the series to 3-1.

Game 5 began promising for the Orioles in Queens on Thursday, October 16, 1969. In the third inning, the team took a 3-0 lead with a 2-run home run by Dave McNally and a single home run by Frank Robinson . The turn was initiated again by Donn Clendenon in the sixth inning. After Cleon Jones got to first base by a hit by pitch , Clendenon scored another 2-run home run. The Mets equalized in the seventh inning and ultimately benefited from two errors by the Orioles in the eighth inning . The game ended 5-3 for the fledgling New York franchise and the Mets won the World Series 4-1.

This sensation went down in history as one of the greatest turnarounds in baseball history. Shortly after the end of the season, Seaver gave its name to an advertising campaign that said:

"If the Mets can win the World Series, the United States can get out of Vietnam."

"If the Mets can win the World Series, the United States can get out of Vietnam ."

- Tom Seaver, Mets pitcher :

The Mets weren't the only New York team to win a major title in 1969. In January, the New York Jets won Super Bowl III , their only major American football title to date .

1970–1979: up and down

The surprising death of manager Gil Hodges (here still as a Brooklyn Dodgers player ) shocked the Mets shortly before the start of the 1972 season

In the first two seasons after the sensational triumph, the Mets fell back to an average level and came in both years to an identical result of 83 wins and 79 losses. This meant third place in each division.

At the end of spring training prior to the 1972 season, manager Gil Hodges collapsed from a myocardial infarction after heading back to his hotel room with three fellow Mets coaches after a golf game . He died a short time later in hospital, two days before his 48th birthday. The early death of the trainer shocked the whole organization and the Mets team. The team, in which the position of Hodges has now been taken over by Yogi Berra , ended the season again in third division rank. In 1972, the left-handed pitcher Jon Matlack attracted attention. In his first full MLB season, he had 15 wins from 32 starts and a win rate of 60% and was voted National League Rookie of the Year .

At the end of August 1973, the Mets were in last place in the division with 61:71. But they came back at the end of the season, won 21 of their last 29 games and were able to move into the playoffs despite a result of only 82:79.

In the NLCS, the Mets met the Big Red Machine from Cincinnati, which went into the series as a clear favorite. In Game 1, the two starpitchers Tom Seaver and Jack Billingham faced each other and the Reds were able to win 2-1 after being 0-1 behind. Game 2 at Riverfront Stadium then won the Mets with starter Jon Matlack clearly 5-0. In front of their home crowd in Game 3, the Mets then took the lead after a 9-2 win in the series, but the Reds were able to equalize the series again after an exciting 12 inning game 4. In the decisive fifth game at Shea Stadium on October 10, 1972, the pitcher duel Seaver against Billingham was repeated from game 1. The Mets were able to take the lead in the first inning with a two-run single by Ed Kranepool . The Reds shortened to 1: 2 in the third and equalized in the first half-linning of the fifth. The Mets countered in the second half-linning with four runs and finally produced the final score of 7: 2 in the following inning. The New York Mets won their second National League Pennant and were the team with the worst regular season that the Nation League could ever win.

Graphic representation of the win rate from 1962 to 2019

Opponents in the 1973 World Series were the Oakland Athletics, who won their first home game at Oakland – Alameda County Coliseum just 2-1. In a 12 inning game 2 the Mets prevailed, game 3, this time in the Shea, went again via an extra inning. This time the A's could win the match. In the first inning of Game 4, the Mets took the lead with a three-run home run by Rusty Staub, which thanks to starter Jon Matlack, who pitched eight innings, was no longer in danger. After the Mets won 2-0 in Game 5 and took the lead 3-1 in the World Series, they only needed one win at the subsequent away games in Oakland to win the second title in franchise history. But in Game 6 the Mets couldn't find a way to get A's-Pitcher Catfish Hunter dangerous and lost with 1: 3. The decisive Game 7 dominated Oakland after they went 4-0 through Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson in the third inning with a two-run home run each. It was late in the series that the A's first ever home runs. Oakland won the game 5-2 and the series. Tom Seaver won the National League's Cy Young Award for the second time after 1969 .

In 1974 the Mets played their worst regular season since 1967 and only had 71 wins. At the end of the round they finished last in the division and were 17 games behind the division winner.

At the end of the 1975 season, when the Mets finished third in the division, owner Joan Whitney Payson died at the age of 72. Payson's husband Charles transferred responsibility for the Mets to Lorinda de Roulet, one of the couple's three daughters.

After several changes in management, disputes arose over contract negotiations with Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman, which were submitted on the day of the 1977 trading deadline. While Seaver's path led to the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he played for six years until his return to New York, Kingman was passed around in the league in 1977. From New York in June he went to the San Diego Padres , from there in September to the California Angels and in the same month back to New York, this time to the Yankees . Like Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman was to return to the Mets in the 80s. In return for the two lost stars, the Mets got six new players, but they had no positive influence on the team. The Mets fell into a hole and ended the season last. After that, they were unable to set up a competitive team until the 1980s.

1980–1985: Rebuilding with a lot of money

In January 1980, the Mets franchise was sold to the Doubleday company under its president Nelson Doubleday Jr. for $ 21.1 million . He became president of the board. Fred Wilpon, a minority owner of the Mets from the real estate industry, became president of the association and Frank Cashen , who had been working successfully for the Baltimore Orioles for many years , was hired as general manager.

However, it took some time for the new financial situation of a solvent owner and the new management structure to pay off. However, the foundations for later success were laid early on. In the 1980 MLB Draft, for example, the Mets secured the services of the high school phenomenon Darryl Strawberry as the very first draft pick. Two years later they chose Dwight Gooden as draft pick No. 5. Both were named Rookie of the Year in their first season (Strawberry 1983 and Gooden 1984).

In terms of sport, the Mets moved at the bottom of their division. From 1980 to 1983 the result leveled off at around 40% of games won. In 1984 the Mets finished the season with 90 wins and 72 losses, but failed to win the division as the Cubs won 96 games in the season. Also in the 1985 season, the Mets barely missed participating in the playoffs. With three games behind the Cardinals (101 wins), they finished the season as a year earlier in second place in the division. New to the team this season was catcher and later Hall of Famer Gary Carter , who moved from the Montreal Expos to New York. Dwight Gooden also won the National League's Cy Young Award due to a very strong season with a win-loss ratio of 24: 4 and an outstanding ERA of 1.53.

1986: Scandals, a good mood and the second World Series title

Early in the 1986 season, the Mets outperformed the competition and dominated the whole year. Of the first 24 games, the Mets won 20, they closed April with a win rate of over 81% and ended the season with 108 wins and only 54 defeats. The Phillies in second place in the division were a huge deficit, 21½ games. However, the Phillies were the only team that had a positive record against the Mets in the regular season. Only two teams in the history of the National League could win more games in the course of a regular season: The Chicago Cubs of 1906 (116 wins) and the Pittsburgh Pirates of 1909 (110 wins).

Ron Darling (1986) was one of four Mets players arrested after a bar fight in Houston. Thirty years later he published a book dealing with the '86 Mets.

On and off the field, the 86 Mets attracted a lot of attention and were met with a lot of suspicion. The players presented themselves as unusually extroverted , giving themselves high fives and chest bumps after successful moves , which was a novelty at the time. Many players were regularly drunk late at night or seen in bars under the influence of other drugs , which they openly admitted afterwards. In July 1986, for example, four Mets players, Ron Darling, Bob Ojeda, Rick Aguilera and Tim Teufel were arrested early in the morning after a violent argument with the police after a bar visit.

Robert Silverman, a freelance journalist who writes for The Daily Beast , the New York Times, and ESPN and is a connoisseur and long-time companion of the Mets, describes the team in retrospect as:

“[…] A gang of drunks, pill-poppers, barroom brawlers, degenerate gamblers, womanizers, and arrogant blowhards that managed to win the hearts of New Yorkers, but were loathed by the rest of the baseball-loving world. And rightly so. "

“[...] a gang of drunks, pill-swallowers, bar thugs, degenerate gamblers, women heroes and arrogant braggart who managed to win the hearts of New Yorkers but were loathed by the rest of the baseball-loving world. And rightly so. "

- Robert Silverman on The Daily Beast :

The then pitcher Ron Darling describes in his 2016 book " Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life ", the team from a player's point of view as a "good mood troop" that always had fun and got along brilliantly. At the same time, however, he reports extreme amphetamine and alcohol consumption even between innings of the games. He justifies this in part with the tremendous burden of a season that includes almost no days off and a game has to be played almost every day. Add to that the long trips to away games and back.

In the course of the 1986 season, the song and "Let's Go Mets!" , Often titled as "Let's Go Mets Go!" The idea for the song, which together with the sporting success should boost the marketing of the Mets, came up as early as July 1986, as if the big lead over the pursuers of the National League title was already predictable. The song was composed and produced by Shelly Palmer, who previously mainly composed the music for advertising campaigns for Burger King , Coca-Cola and Pepsi , for example . The music video produced for it and the 30-minute making-of for the video shoot, which is also included on VHS, caused a greater stir than the song .

NLCS 1986

Dwight Gooden , 1986 Mets starting pitcher.

In the National League Championship Series, the Mets met the Houston Astros , who were successful in the West Division by 10 games, with first baseman Glenn Davis playing an outstanding round and scoring 91 runs for the Astros, including 31 home runs and 101 RBIs.

On October 8, 1986, the Best of Seven series began with the first game at the Astrodome in Houston. In a classic pitcher duel, Mets starter Dwight Gooden met the series MVP Mike Scott . Glenn Davis was the first batsman to hit a home run for the Astros in the second inning. It was the only run of the game and Houston won 1-0.

Game 2, again away from the Mets' point of view, went relatively clearly to the New Yorkers. Houston's starter Nolan Ryan , who was still active with the Mets until 1971, allowed two runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth inning and the Astros only made it 5-1 in the seventh segment.

In the first game at the Shea, the guests from Texas were still 5-4 in the front after 8½ innings, but left Wally Backman, the Mets' first batsman, right on base after a bunt . The umpire's decision that Backman would be safe on the first run was controversial and heated discussions broke out with Houston's manager Hal Lanier . Apparently Backman had left the field while running to first base, avoiding Glenn Davis being able to tag him and identify him . The umpire justified his decision with the fact that Davis did not have the ball in his hands at the time Backman passed him and the attacker could therefore freely determine his path to base. With Backman on base, Lenny Dykstra then scored a home run for the Mets and sealed the 6: 5 final result.

After Game 4 went relatively unspectacularly 3: 1 to the Astros, two hard-fought games followed, both of which went into the extra innings.

Game 5 was again a pitcher duel with two strong starters. Dwight Gooden pitched a total of ten innings and allowed only one run, Astros starter Nolan Ryan stood nine innings on the mound, also conceded a run and two hits. When the score was 1: 1, the relief pitchers Jesse Orosco (Mets) and Charlie Kerfeld (Astros) faced each other. While Orosco pitched two perfect innings, Kerfeld allowed a single in the twelfth inning from Mets catcher Gary Carter , who had only been on base once at 21 at-bats in the series. Wally Backman, who was in the spotlight the day before, took advantage of Carter's basehit and scored the decisive run to 2-1.

The Mets were finally able to win the series on October 15 in the sixth game after a marathon match over 16 innings and a game time of 4 hours and 42 minutes with 4: 2. In a list of the 20 greatest games in MLB history compiled by the MLB Network, the game is ranked 5th. After the first inning, however, the New Yorkers were 3-0 down and failed to score for eight innings, so that the Astros were three out of equalizer at the start of the ninth inning. But Dykstra opened the passage with a triple , followed by a single from Wilson, which Dykstra could use for the first run. The next Mets batsman was identified. It was followed by Hernandez with a double and Wilson shortened to 2: 3. The Astros responded, changed pitcher and brought in Dave Smith. He let both Gary Carter and Darryl Strawberry into play through Walk and the Mets had occupied all bases. The following sacrifice fly by Ray Knight used Hernandez to the game equalizing run. The Mets brought in pinch hitter Wally Backman, who came to base through an intentional walk and was therefore occupied again all times. The Astros managed a strikeout against Danny Heep, who was also a pinch hitter, and the game went into overtime.

Innings 10 to 13 went by without runs before Strawberry brought the Mets 4-3 in the front in the 14th inning thanks to a single from Backman. The now under pressure Astros equalized the lead in the second half-linning with a home run by center fielder Billy Hatcher . The 15th inning again brought no runs. In the 16th inning, the Mets started with a double from Strawberry, which put him in a position to use the next Knight single to run. Knight stole second base and the Astros changed throwers again. With Jeff Calhoun , the fifth pitcher from Houston came to the train. Calhoun threw two wild pitches and Knight was able to increase the Mets lead to two points. Finally, Backman managed the 7: 4 for the Mets. After the Astros had come close to the Mets in the second half-linning with runs by Lopes and Doran, Orosco was finally able to strike out Kevin Bass and thus end the game and the series.

This was the third time the Mets entered the World Series .

World Series 1986

The 1986 World Series logo

In the 1986 World Series , the Mets met the winner of the American League, the Boston Red Sox , who had won the AL East in the regular season after 95:66 wins with 5½ games ahead of the New York Yankees. In the ALCS, the Red Sox then beat the California Angels 4: 3 wins.

Since the American League had won the MLB All-Star Game in 1986 , the Red Sox had home rights, i.e. the first two games took place at Shea Stadium.

In Game 1, the starting pitcher of the Red Sox Bruce Hurst gave the Mets little chance. In eight innings he allowed 5 hits, but the Mets could not score, even closer Calvin Schiraldi remained without an earned run. The Red Sox themselves also had a hard time on the offensive against Mets starter Ron Darling. In the seventh inning, however, runner Jim Rice benefited from an error from Mets second baseman Tim Teufel. His run was the only one in the game and the Red Sox won 1-0.

With Dwight Gooden and the young Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens , two great talents at the time faced each other in game 2. But the game was not, as many expected, a match with few runs. In the third inning the team from Boston scored three times and the Mets shortened to 2: 3 in the same round. The Red Sox extended their lead to 6-2 with a home run by Dave Henderson in the fourth and a two-run home run by Dwight Evans in the fifth inning. The Mets shortened to 3: 6 in the fifth with a run by Backman. While the New Yorkers could not score any more, the Red Sox came on three more runs and won the game 9: 3.

The Mets had lost both home games at the beginning of the World Series and had to travel 2-0 down to Boston, where, should they win at least one of the next two games, they would have to play three times away at Fenway Park .

Right at the start of their first game in a foreign country, the Mets put up four runs in the first inning, the first in the first at bat with a home run by Dykstra. Boston shortened to 4-1 in the third inning, but a Carter single brought two more runs in the seventh and an RBI from Ray Knight another in the eighth inning. The Mets won by a clear 7: 1 and reduced the series to 1: 2.

Game 4 also won the Mets relatively clearly, two two-run homers by Gary Carter in the fourth and Lenny Dykstra in the seventh inning contributed significantly to the 6-2 success.

After the Red Sox had lost their first two home games, they achieved their first home win in the series in game 5. At 4-2, Mets star Dwight Gooden weakened again and allowed nine hits in just 4 innings. After 5 innings the Mets were 4-0 down, had one run each in the eighth and ninth innings and lost 4-2. The Red Sox were missing only one win to win the series.

Bill Buckner made the critical error that allowed the Mets to level the series in Game 6.

Game 6 is still one of the most legendary games in baseball history. In the MLB Network's list of the 20 greatest games in MLB history, the game is ranked third.

After a balanced nine innings, the game went into overtime with a score of 3: 3.

In the guest half of the tenth inning, the Red Sox started with a home run through Henderson and went 4-3 in the front. Rick Aguilera, the Mets' fourth pitcher to play in the game, picked out the next two batsmen of the strikeout. Then he left Wade Boggs on base, the subsequent single from Marty Barrett benefited and increased to 5: 3. After a flyout from Rice, the right of attack changed.

Calvin Schiraldi was the Red Sox pitcher at the start of the second half-inning in the tenth. Beckman and Hernandez, the Mets' first two batsmen, could be identified by flyout and the Mets were only one way off from losing the series. Gary Carter came to Base through a single. After another single from pinch hitter Kevin Mitchell, the Mets had runners on first and second base. The next player to hit was Ray Knight. Schiraldi started the At Bat with two strikes and thus only one strike was missing for the Red Sox to triumph in the World Series. Schiraldi's third pitch, however, was used by Knight for a single, which enabled Carter to make the run to 4: 5 and brought Mitchell to third base. The manager of the Red Sox reacted and replaced with Bob Stanley a new pitcher, who faced Mets left fielder Wilson. After seven pitches in the at bat, the count was 2-2, which meant that the Red Sox were only one strike away from winning the series for the second time. On the eighth throw, Stanley lost control of the ball, which just missed the batsman on the inside of the strike zone . Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman failed to catch the ball and Mitchell used this wild pitch to equalize the run and Knight got into second base. Wilson then hit Stanley's tenth pitch flat towards first base, where Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner made a serious error that allowed Knight to score the game-winning run to win the Mets 6-5. Although several players, game situations and the decisions of the manager were the reason why the Red Sox gambled away the two run lead, Buckner became a scapegoat for fans and press.

The crucial game 7 planned for Sunday evening had to be canceled due to heavy rain and was postponed to Monday, October 27th. This extra day made it possible for the Red Sox Bruce Hurst to start as a pitcher, who had already achieved two wins in the series. The Red Sox started the game better and went 3-0 in the second inning after home runs by Evans and Gedman, as well as an RBI from Boggs. The Mets equalized in the sixth inning and were able to add three more runs in the seventh innings, including another home run by Ray Knight. In the eighth inning, the Red Sox came up 5-6 on the Mets after a two-run double from Dwight Evans, in which Bill Buckner, who was badly criticized the day before, also contributed a run. But the Mets restored the old distance in the second half-linning with a home run by Strawberry and a run by Knight. Now the Mets were three outs away from winning the World Series. After a pop-out and a ground-out, pitcher Jesse Orosco managed the decisive strikeout against Marty Barrett. The Mets won the game 8-5 and were champions of the World Series for the second time since 1968 with 4-3 wins.

1987–1990: Further up

After winning the World Series in 1986, the MVP of the final series Ray Knight moved to the Orioles. Kevin Mitchell also left the club for San Diego.

However, the focus was on the personal problems of star player Dwight Gooden . On December 13, 1986, he was arrested in Tampa after an argument with police officers and rumors emerged that Gooden was a drug addict. This was confirmed in spring training 1987. During an inspection in March consuming was cocaine detected, whereupon Gooden on April 2, 1987, a withdrawal treatment in a rehabilitation clinic in New York, the Smithers Center for Alcoholism and Drug Treatment started. He was released from the clinic after 27 days. As a result, he missed a third of the season and was only able to play his first game on June 5.

Regardless, the Mets were close to reaching the 1987 playoffs. In the end, however, they had to admit defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals in the division, three games behind.

In 1988 the Mets were able to qualify for the postseason again. With a win rate of 62.5% you won the division ahead of the Pirates. Opponents in the National League Championship Series were the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the regular season, the Mets were able to beat the Dodgers ten times in eleven games, which made the team from New York a clear favorite. But the Dodgers threw the Mets out of the playoffs in seven games. The decisive last game of the series on October 12th went 6-0 to the Dodgers.

In the following two seasons, the Mets did not reach the playoffs, but they always stayed just behind the division winner in second place. To reach the postseason were missing six wins on the Cubs in 1989 and four on the Pirates in 1990.

1991–1995: The worst team money can buy

From the 1991 season, the Mets slipped off sportily, which was partly due to the fact that other important players left the club. Among other things, Darryl Strawberry switched to the LA Dodgers.

As a result, the Mets tried to compensate for the wave of emigration that had existed since the title in 1986 by purchasing experienced superstars. They signed experienced players like Eddie Murray , Bobby Bonilla , Bret Saberhagen or Frank Tanana . The large financial investments never paid off, however. For one, regulars like Saberhagen or Coleman spent much of the season on the disabled list after injuring themselves early in the season. Second, in early 1991, Coleman, Godden, and Boston were involved in a sexual abuse case against a woman near the Mets' spring training ground. Eventually, although the charges were dropped for lack of evidence, athletic performance was negatively affected by the unrest.

After they were just behind the Pirates after the first half of the season, the successes in the second half failed and the Mets slipped to fifth in the division and were 20½ games behind the Pittsburgh by the end of the regular season. The 1992 season also ended the Mets in 5th place in the division, this time 24 games behind the Pirates.

The sporting low point due to the purchasing policy reached the Mets in the 1993 season when they lost 103 games. It was the worst result since it started in the 1960s. The full story is analyzed by Bob Klapisch and John Harper in the book The Worst Team Money Could Buy: The Collapse Of The New York Mets .

In 1994 the Mets were able to catch up again and finished the season in third place behind Montreal and Philadelphia, and a year later they even finished second behind Atlanta.

1996–2004: Piazza, Bobby V, and the Subway Series

New York Subway in the colors of the Mets during the
2000 Subway Series .

After the Mets still clearly missed the playoffs in 1996, they were able to improve by 17 games in 1997 and were only four games behind the division winners at the end of the season. In 1998 the Mets were able to secure the services of catcher Mike Piazza . But the Mets failed to reach the playoffs again. The Mets signed other good players, such as Armando Benítez , John Olerud and again Bobby Bonilla .

The 1999 season started well for the Mets, but Bobby Bonilla wasn't the great player the Mets thought he was. After two losses to the New York Yankees , the entire coaching team was fired and the Mets beat the Yankees 7-2 on the same day. At the end of the season, the Mets had to play off the participant in the division's championship match in a one-game playoff against the Cincinnati Reds . Al Leiter pitched his best game in the Mets jersey and only allowed two hits. The Mets won 5-0 and advanced to the playoffs. In the championship match, the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 and moved into the Championship series of the National League for the first time since 1988, which they lost 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves.

In the 2000 season, the Mets finally managed to reach the World Series again. After a strong season, the San Francisco Giants and then the St. Louis Cardinals were beaten in the playoffs . The 2000 World Series was a city duel between the two New York teams, the Mets and the Yankees. The Yankees won this so-called Subway Series (German: U-Bahn series) with 4: 1. However, all games were very close, so that the Mets had a total of only three runs fewer than the Yankees. This was the first series of finals since 1956 that consisted only of New York teams, when the Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers .

In the years 2001 to 2004 the Mets were then weaker again and missed the playoffs in some cases significantly, but the team was significantly younger during this time.

2005–2008: Further development, performance drops and the last season in the Shea

In 2005, the Mets began planning to set up their own television station for marketing and broadcasting the games, based on the model of the Yankees. In 2006 the television station went on air for the first time. In addition, on June 12, 2005 it was announced that a new ball park for the Mets in Queens would be built in the parking lot of the Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows Park . The construction costs for the new stadium were borne by the Mets, while the city financed the infrastructure. All of this was coupled with the goal of bringing the team forward in terms of sport. The Mets were able to secure the services of players such as Pedro Martínez , Carlos Beltrán , Cliff Floyd and David Wright , and in the 2005 season they finished the division as leaders for the first time since 2001.

Mike Piazza played for the Mets for seven years

After the 2005 season, Mike Piazza was traded to the San Diego Padres, which gave the club some financial freedom as Piazza earned $ 16 million per season. As a result of the financial possibilities, new, outstanding players were signed with Carlos Delgado , Paul Lo Duca and Billy Wagner .

In the 2006 season, the Mets were not only considered the top favorite for the National League title, but were also traded as the hottest contenders for the 2006 World Series. The declared goal of the club's management was to replace the New York Yankees as the top team in New York. The Mets won the National League East prematurely on September 18, 2006 and moved into the playoffs as the first MLB team. It was the first NL East title since 1988. In the Division Series, the Mets faced the Los Angeles Dodgers , who threw them out of the competition with a clear sweep. In the League Championship Series, the Mets faced the St. Louis Cardinals in a duel for a place in the 2006 World Series , to which they lost just 3: 4 in the best of seven mode.

2008 new starting pitcher Johan Santana at the pitch

The 2007 season was mixed for the Mets. From May to the third from last game day, they held the lead in the National League East. On September 12, 2007, they had a lead of 7 games on the Phillies. Of the following 17 games, however, they won only 5 and on the third to last game day they were overtaken by the Phillies. On September 29th, the penultimate game day, they caught up with the Phillies again by beating the Florida Marlins and so went into the last game day on a shared first place. On this the Mets lost against the Florida Marlins with 1: 8, whereby they allowed 7 runs in the first inning. The Phillies, however, won and the Mets missed the playoffs. It was the first time a team gave up a seven-game lead on September 12.

For the 2008 season , the last at Shea Stadium, the Mets signed two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana in exchange for four minor league players from the Minnesota Twins . The pitcher Santana received a contract for six seasons. On June 17, 2008, due to the constant calls from the fans, the manager Willie Randolph, as well as the "pitching coach" and the "first base coach" were dismissed after the Mets had played a mixed first half of the regular season.

On September 27, 2008, the eventual winners of the 2008 World Series , the Phillies , secured victory in the National League East for the second time in a row and thus made it into the playoffs. The Mets' hope to move into the playoffs via the wild card was not fulfilled, as they lost in the decisive game with 2–4 in the home stadium against the Marlins . At the same time, the later Wild Card winners of the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers , won against the Chicago Cubs with 3–1. The Mets were therefore caught up for the second time in a row shortly before the end of the season and missed the play-offs.

2009–2014: The new home

The Citi Field , the new home of the Mets

For the 2009 season , the Mets hired the free agent Francisco Rodríguez, who received a three-year contract for US $ 37 million, to strengthen their bullpen . JJ Putz also came from the San Diego Padres . This disappointed in the course of the season, so that the Mets did not withdraw their option for 2010 and Putz had to leave the club again.

At the beginning of the season, the new ball park Citi Field , planned four years earlier , was opened. The opening took place on April 13, 2009 on the occasion of the game against the San Diego Padres. The Mets lost 5-6. Two days later, the team celebrated their first win, also against the Padres, in the new stadium.

In terms of sport, the 2009 season was a big disappointment. All hopes for a successful season were dashed by an unusually high number of injuries to important top performers. Starting pitcher Johan Santana , for example, had to end the season in August due to an elbow injury. In total, the Mets had to put 19 players on the Disabled List in 2009, including many important players such as David Wright, John Maine, Billy Wagner, Carlos Delgado, Ramon Martinez, Carlos Beltrán , and Fernando Martinez.

At the end of the regular season , the Mets only reached fourth place in the National League East, 23 victories behind the winner, the Philadelphia Phillies . 70 wins were compared to 92 defeats, which meant a weak rate of only 42.3%.

For the 2010 season , the Mets secured the services of three-time all-star Jason Bay , who signed a $ 66 million four-year contract in New York. The Mets got off to a strong start into the new season. In late April they led the division with 14-9 wins over the Washington Nationals . In May and June the team then showed strongly fluctuating performances and found themselves in second place at the All-Star Break on July 11, 4 games behind. At this point the Mets were still level with their Philadelphia rival. However, this changed by the end of August. Especially away from home the team lost regularly and could not win two consecutive games until mid-August. At the beginning of September, the Mets were already 12 games behind the then leading Braves . By the end of the regular season, the gap between the Phillies, who were still victorious in the division, increased to 18 games.

After that, the Mets stayed in the middle of their table until 2014. There they reached the 2nd place in the table, but without that this would have been enough for a place in the post season with their number of wins.

Since 2015: short-term return to the top

The Citi Field before Game 1 of the NLCS in 2015 against the Chicago Cubs

In the 2015 season , the Mets had been playing strong again for a long time. They won the East Division with 90:72 wins and seven wins ahead of the Washington Nationals . In the National League Division Series 2015 , the Mets met the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were more successful in the regular season . Game 1 could be won away. After the series was equalized by the Dodgers, the Mets won a point-rich game 3 in their home ballpark with 13: 7. But the Dodgers regained their home advantage with an away win in Game 4. In the decisive game on October 15 at Dodger Stadium , the Mets were just 3-2 as the winners from the field. The winning pitcher was Jacob deGrom , who was named Rookie of the Year in the National League last year . In the National League Championship Series , the Mets had home right against the Chicago Cubs due to the better results of the season . In all four games of the series they managed at least one run in the first inning and so the Cubs could never really pose a threat to the Mets over the course of the series. The Mets sweep the team from Chicago and qualified for the World Series for the first time since 2006 .

Opponents in the 2015 World Series were the Kansas City Royals , who, after being the most successful regular season team in the American League, defeated the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays in the post season on their way to the finals. Game 1 at Kauffman Stadium went over 14 innings and lasted over 5 hours. The Mets lost just 4: 5. Game two clearly went 7-1 to the Royals. In the first home game the Mets were successful with 9: 3, but then lost two home games in a row and thus lost the series in the end with 1: 4. For the Mets it was the fourth World Series in which they were left behind. However, all in all, New York was very satisfied with the 2015 season.

Prior to the 2016 season , Closer Jenrry Mejía tested positive for anabolic steroid abuse for the third time . Due to the tightened sanctions for such offenses in 2014, the player was banned for life by the MLB on February 12, 2016 as the first player due to this regulation. Mejía was banned for the second offense in the preseason. The Jeurys Familia, previously used as the setup man , moved to the position of the closer . The Mets started the season evenly, but then won nine of the ten games in late April and were thus just behind the division's leading Washington Nationals. The young starting pitcher Steven Matz was to be highlighted at the beginning of the season , after a defeat at the beginning of the season he subsequently achieved seven wins in a row. Until the end of July 2016, the Mets gradually lost ground to the Nationals and were able to secure a wild card at the end of the regular season with one game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals. In the 2016 National League Wild Card Playoff , the Mets lost just 4: 5 to the San Francisco Giants, with the Mets still 4: 2 ahead before the last inning.

Before the 2017 season , Bartolo Colón and Yoenis Céspedes , among others, were released into free agent status. While Céspedes was given a new contract, Colón found a new employer in the Atlanta Braves . In terms of sport, the season was disappointing. The Mets won only 43.2% of the games and ended up 27 games behind the dominant Nationals on the penultimate place of the NL East. In 2018 , the Mets finished the season in fourth place in the division and were 13 games behind the Braves.

In 2019 , the Mets again recorded a positive win rate (53.1%) and ultimately missed the National League Wild Card Playoff 2019 by three wins. For the first time since Jacob deGrom's title in 2014, the Mets with Pete Alonso again presented the NL Rookie of the Year . Alonso, who was a regular player as first baseman in his first season , was able to replace previous record holder Aaron Judge (52) in these statistics with 53 home runs as a rookie.

While the 2020 season has not yet started due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States , reports of a change in ownership of the Mets have become louder. Back in February, hedge fund manager Steve Cohen failed in an attempt to buy 80% of the shares in the financially loss-making Mets from current owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon. In May 2020, it was revealed that singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and her husband, former baseball player Alex Rodriguez , were negotiating with the Wilpons to buy the Mets with the participation of investment bank JP Morgan . Investors Josh Harris, co-founder of Apollo Global Management and David Blitzer, executive at Blackstone , also entered into sales negotiations. They are already co-owners of the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA and the New Jersey Devils in the NHL .


Mr. and Mrs. Met in 2013 at Citi Field .

Mr. Met is the better known of the two mascots of the New York Mets. It is a baseball player in the Mets jersey with jersey number 00, who has a large baseball in place of the head. From 1963, the mascot was initially only presented as a drawing on programs, yearbooks and scorecards.

When the Mets moved to Shea Stadium, Mr. Met was first portrayed by a costumed person. From the mid-1970s, Mr. Met stopped performing and was only reintroduced as a mascot in 1992. Various people have portrayed Mr. Met over the years. The first to cast it was Dan Reilly, who published his book The Original Mr. Met Remembers: When the Miracle Began in 2007, in which the former Mets ticket seller provides insight into the time around the Mets' first World Series victory.

Mr. Met often appears as an advertising medium. When the games are broadcast, you can see him regularly in commercials by Citigroup , the stadium's namesake.

In 2007, Mr. Met was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame , founded in 2005 .

In addition to Mr. Met, there is also the female counterpart Mrs. Met, who has been the official mascot of the New Yorkers since the 1960s, then still known as Lady Met. Around the same time as Mr. Met, Mrs. Met was portrayed by a costumed person at home games in the early 1970s. At this time the name was changed from Lady Met to Mrs. Met.

While Mr. Met reappeared in the early 1990s, Mrs. Met was not seen again until 2000 in an advertisement for an ESPN show. Mrs. Met returned as the stadium mascot at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field. Mrs. Met also wears jersey number 00.

During the 2003 season, Tony Clark became the first Mets player to wear the number 00 on the jersey. In the middle of the season he switched to jersey number 52.

Homerun Apple

When the Mets players hit a home run at Shea Stadium, a large red apple with the Mets logo on it was pulled up behind the right centerfield and sometimes combined with fireworks. This so-called Homerun Apple consists mainly of fiberglass , was installed in 1980 and was active in Shea 2008 until the last Mets season. When the move to the new Citi Field was due, a debate arose as to how the traditional apple should be handled. Pictures from 2008 show the battered condition of the Apple homerun at the end of the time at Shea. A decision was made to install a new apple in Citi Field that was larger than the old one. The new apple also has LED lighting to highlight the Mets logo when presenting and it is almost twice as large and twice as heavy as the original.

Nevertheless, some Mets fans joined forces and started a petition to fight for the preservation of the original apple. They demanded:

“When the Mets move into Citi Field in 2009, the Apple must move with them. We don't want to see a new Apple, an updated Apple, or a modernized Apple. We don't want to see a replica Apple. We don't even want to see a cleaned up and repaired Apple. We want to see the same lumpy, grimy, dented, beat up Apple that's been sitting behind the center field wall in Shea Stadium for 27 years. It may be an ugly 80's relic, but it's our ugly 80's relic, and we want it to stay. "

“When the Mets move to Citi Field in 2009, the apple will have to move with them. We don't want to see a new apple, an updated apple, or an updated apple. We don't want to see an apple replica. We don't even want to see an apple cleaned and repaired. We want to see the same lumpy, greasy, dented, chopped up apple that has stood behind the Center Field Wall at Shea Stadium for 27 years. It may be an ugly relic of the 80s, but it is our ugly relic of the 80s and we want it to stay. "

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Even if the group's request was unsuccessful and the new one was installed in Citi Field as planned, the old apple finally moved from the Shea Stadium to the new ball park, where it is now located directly in front of the stadium.

In July 2009, the new Apple home run failed after Fernando Tatis performed a home run and the audience began with loud “We want apple!” Chants followed by boos . Tatis later reported that he had no idea why the fans were booing, even though he had just hit a home run for the Mets. A Mets manager later stated that the apple was not broken, it only needed two and a half minutes to be ready for use again after a home run. Since Brian Schneider had hit a home run just before Tati's success, the apple wasn't ready for a restart.

In game 1 of the NLCS 2015 on October 17, 2015 against the Chicago Cubs, Travis d'Arnaud hit the apple on his home run, which was then in game 2 of the series with a large plaster at the point where d'Arnaud met.

useful information

  • Gil Hodges hit the first home run in the history of the Mets on April 11, 1962 in St. Louis .
  • The 1969 World Series winners recorded an album on which the players sang. Among other things, the sound carrier also contains the song "You Gotta Have Heart" from the musical Damn Yankees .
  • From 1962 to May 2012, no Mets pitcher could throw a no-hitter , i.e. no thrower could pitch nine innings without an opposing hit. This long streak was ended on June 1, 2012 by Johan Santana , who succeeded the first no-hitter for the Mets in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Santana achieved eight strikeouts and five walks in that game. Before that, two pitchers were close to the no-hitter or even the perfect game .
    • On July 9, 1969, pitcher Tom Seaver was only two outs away from a perfect game. But the opponent, the Chicago Cubs , got a single through Jimmy Qualls. The Mets won 4-0.
    • On September 29, 2007, John Maine was only five outs away from a no-hitter when a ground ball destroyed the no-hitter. The Mets won this game.
    • The Mets themselves had to accept a game six times without a hit of their own.
  • The Mets made it to the World Series five times, more than any other team new to the MLB ( Expansion Team ). They were able to win the championship twice and are tied with the Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins in the category "Most championships of an expansion team". In addition, in 1969 they were the first expansion team ever to win the World Series.
  • The 2006 Mets became the first team in MLB history to win eight straight away games and score in the first inning of each of those games.
  • On April 29, 2016, the Mets were able to set a club record by scoring twelve runs in one inning. This happened in the 3rd inning against the San Francisco Giants. Among other things, Yoenis Cespedes achieved six RBIs in this inning, also a record for the Mets. The inning lasted over 39 minutes.
  • The Mets' arch-rivals are: the New York Yankees , the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies .
  • The Mets are one of the three teams that have never been able to provide the MVP for the regular season in the history of the franchise .
  • there are or were various celebrities who have publicly known themselves as fans of the Mets, including:


Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame

A total of eleven players and managers who are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown were active in the Mets. However, only two players with the colors of the Mets are represented in the Hall of Fame.

Tom Seaver was the first player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Mets in 1992 and until 2016. In addition, his number 41 has not been awarded since 1988.
New York Mets Hall of Famers
Membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn
Yogi Berra
Gary Carter *
Tom Glavine
Rickey Henderson
Pedro Martínez
Willie Mays
Eddie Murray
Mike Piazza
Nolan Ryan
Tom Seaver
Duke Snider
Warren Spahn
Casey Stengel
Joe Torre
Players in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame boards with Mets badges.
* Gary Carter was supposed to be listed as a Mets player but was listed for the Expos at his own request.

Jersey numbers that are no longer awarded

Casey Stengel's No. 37 is no longer awarded by either the Mets or its big rival, the Yankees .

since July 30, 2016

since July 24, 1988

1962–63, 1968–71
since June 9, 1973

since September 2, 1965
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since March 31, 2014
Shea has been a

patron of the Mets
since April 8, 2008
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entire MLB
since April 15, 1997

On April 8, 2008, at the beginning of last season at Shea Stadium, a new plaque with the words Shea was unveiled. This is to honor both the patron William Shea and the stadium named after him and now demolished. The badge was taken by the Mets to the new Citi Field after the move.

Current squad (40-man roster)

New York Mets players
Active players (25-player group) Inactive players (40-player group) Trainer / Others


Starting rotation












Injury list (60 days)

Injury icon 2.svgInjury list (7 or 10 days)
* Banned
Roster updated on August 19, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the number of players in the active squad at the beginning of the 2020 MLB season on 23/24. July increased to 30 players. Two weeks later there was a scheduled reduction to 28 players. Another two weeks later, the number of players is to be reduced to 26 and maintained for the entire 2020 season. In the case of double-headers , the teams may appoint a 27th player to the active squad.

Statistics and records

For a more detailed explanation and meaning in baseball, see baseball statistics

After years

The table shows an overview of all seasons of the Mets from their foundation in 1962 to the last season that has already ended. The colored markings are explained above the table.

World Series Champions National League Champions Divisions champions Wild card
year League division Item ( RS ) W. L. Wins (%) GB Playoffs Awards
1962 NL - 10 40 120 25.0 60.5 - -
1963 NL - 10 51 111 31.5 48 - -
1964 NL - 10 53 109 32.7 40 - -
1965 NL - 10 50 112 30.9 47 - -
1966 NL - 9 66 95 41.0 28.5 - -
1967 NL - 10 61 101 37.7 40.5 - Tom Seaver ( ROY )
1968 NL - 9 73 89 45.1 24 - -
1969 NL East 1 100 62 61.7 0 NLCS versus Atlanta Braves , 3-0
WS versus Baltimore Orioles , 4-1
Tom Seaver ( CYA )
Tommie Agee ( CPOY )
Donn Clendenon ( WSMVP )
1970 NL East 3 83 79 51.2 6th 0 -
1971 NL East 3 83 79 51.2 14th - -
1972 NL East 3 83 73 53.2 13.5 - Jon Matlack ( ROY )
1973 NL East 1 82 79 50.9 0 NLCS vs. Cincinnati Reds ,
WS 3-2 vs. Oakland Athletics , 3-4
Tom Seaver (CYA)
1974 NL East 5 71 91 43.8 17th - -
1975 NL East 3 82 80 50.6 10.5 - Tom Seaver (CYA)
1976 NL East 3 86 76 53.1 15th - -
1977 NL East 6th 64 98 39.5 37 - -
1978 NL East 6th 66 96 40.7 24 - -
1979 NL East 6th 63 99 38.9 35 - -
1980 NL East 5 67 95 41.4 24 - -
1981 NL East 5 41 62 39.8 18.5 - -
1982 NL East 6th 65 97 40.1 27 - -
1983 NL East 6th 68 94 42.0 22nd - Darryl Strawberry ( ROY )
1984 NL East 2 90 72 55.6 6.5 - Dwight Gooden ( ROY )
1985 NL East 2 98 64 60.5 3 - Dwight Gooden (CYA)
1986 NL East 1 108 54 66.7 0 NLCS versus Houston Astros , 4-2
WS versus Boston Red Sox , 4-3
Ray Knight ( CPOY ), ( WSMVP)
1987 NL East 2 92 70 56.8 3 - -
1988 NL East 1 100 60 62.5 0 NLCS v Los Angeles Dodgers , 3-4 -
1989 NL East 2 87 75 53.7 6th - -
1990 NL East 2 91 71 56.2 4th - -
1991 NL East 5 77 84 47.8 20.5 - -
1992 NL East 5 72 90 44.4 24 - -
1993 NL East 7th 59 103 36.4 38 - -
1994 NL East 3 55 58 48.7 18.5 - -
1995 NL East 2 69 75 47.9 21st - -
1996 NL East 4th 71 91 43.8 25th - -
1997 NL East 3 88 74 54.3 13 - -
1998 NL East 2 88 74 54.3 18th - -
1999 NL East 2 97 66 59.5 6.5 NLDS v Arizona Diamondbacks ,
NLCS 3-1 v Atlanta Braves, 2-4
Rickey Henderson ( CPOY )
2000 NL East 2 94 68 58.0 1 NLDS against San Francisco Giants , 3-1
NLCS against St. Louis Cardinals , 4-1

World Series against New York Yankees , 1-4
2001 NL East 3 82 80 50.6 6th - -
2002 NL East 5 75 86 46.6 26.5 - -
2003 NL East 5 66 95 41.0 34.5 - -
2004 NL East 4th 71 91 43.8 25th - -
2005 NL East 3 83 79 51.2 7th - -
2006 NL East 1 97 65 59.9 0 NLDS versus Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0
NLCS versus St. Louis Cardinals, 3-4
2007 NL East 2 88 74 54.3 1 - -
2008 NL East 2 89 73 54.9 3 - -
2009 NL East 4th 70 92 43.2 23 - -
2010 NL East 4th 79 83 48.8 18th - -
2011 NL East 4th 77 85 47.5 25th - -
2012 NL East 4th 74 88 45.7 24 - -
2013 NL East 3 74 88 45.7 22nd - -
2014 NL East 2 79 83 48.8 17th - -
2015 NL East 1 90 72 55.6 - NLDS versus Los Angeles Dodgers , 3-2
NLCS versus Chicago Cubs , 4-0

World Series versus Kansas City Royals , 1-4
Matt Harvey (CPOY)
2016 NL East 2 87 75 53.7 8th NLWC v San Francisco Giants , 0-1 -
2017 NL East 4th 70 92 43.2 27 - -
2018 NL East 4th 77 85 47.5 13 - Jacob deGrom (CYA)
2019 NL East 3 68 76 53.1 11 - Jacob deGrom (CYA)
Pete Alonso (ROY)

Internal team records

David Wright holds the majority of the internal Mets records

The following tables show a selection of positive but also negative record values ​​that individual Mets players were able to achieve within the team.

Strike statistics

statistics value player
Batting average .315 John Olerud
On-Base Percentage .425 John Olerud
Slugging Percentage .542 Mike Piazza
Games 1,853 Ed Kranepool
At bats 5,506 David Wright
Runs 910 David Wright
Hits 1,713 David Wright
Total bases 2,665 David Wright
Home runs 252 Darryl Strawberry
RBI 943 David Wright
Base on balls 715 David Wright
Strikeouts 1206 David Wright
Stolen Bases 370 José Reyes
Hit by pitch 41 Ron Hunt , David Wright

As of April 30, 2016

Throwing Statistics

statistics value player
ERA 2.57 Tom Seaver
Wins 198 Tom Seaver
Wins in% 64.9 Dwight Gooden
Games 695 John Franco
Saves 276 John Franco
Innings Pitched 3,045 ⅓ Tom Seaver
Strikeouts 2,541 Tom Seaver
Starts 395 Tom Seaver
complete games 171 Tom Seaver
Shutouts 44 Tom Seaver
approved home runs 212 Tom Seaver
approved bases on balls 847 Tom Seaver
approved hits 2,431 Tom Seaver
Losses 137 Jerry Koosman
permitted runs 875 Jerry Koosman
Wild pitches 81 Tom Seaver

Minor league teams of the New York Mets

Level team league Location
AAA Syracuse Mets International League Syracuse , New York
AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies Eastern League Binghamton , New York
Advanced A St Lucie Mets Logo.svg St. Lucie Mets Florida State League Port St. Lucie , Florida
A. Columbia Fireflies South Atlantic League Columbia , South Carolina
Short Season A Brooklyn Cyclones Logo.svg Brooklyn Cyclones New York Penn League Brooklyn , New York City , New York
Rookie Kingsport Mets.png Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Kingsport , Tennessee
New-York-Mets-Logo.svgGulf Coast League Mets Gulf Coast League Port St. Lucie , Florida
New-York-Mets-Logo.svgDominican Summer League Mets II Dominican Summer League Dominican Republic
New-York-Mets-Logo.svgDominican Summer League Mets II Dominican Summer League Dominican Republic

Web links

Commons : New York Mets  - collection of images, videos and audio files


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