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  • Mets by the numbers: greatest hits

    The question over whether to retire numbers (like Piazza's 31) in another thread - and our discussion of uniforms with names only - gave me the idea for this one: which numbers have had the "greatest groupings" - pairs or more of really good or great Met players. Not suggesting these should be retired, but it's fun to consider the greatness behind certain uniform numbers.

    I'll start out with my personal favorite:

    No. 7

    Ed Kranepool - longest-serving Met, original '62 Mets, '69 champion, '73 pennant winner, local boy.
    Hubie Brooks - fine 3B with pop, early 80s sign of team improving, key to Gary Carter trade
    Kevin Mitchell - the Daniel Murphy of his day with more power, '86 champion
    Jose Reyes - all-time best shortstop, leader in many offensive categories, all star etc.

    Who wants to take another one? Only put the really important/great/champion/all-star Mets in there!
    Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

  • #2
    45

    - Tug McGraw: Coined the phrase "Ya Gotta Believe!"
    - John Franco: former captain; native NYer (went to St. John's University); most saves by a Mets closer.
    - Pedro Martinez: Only 1 good year with NYM, but he is a future HOF and made big news when signed in the 2004 off-season.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by redban View Post
      45

      - Tug McGraw: Coined the phrase "Ya Gotta Believe!"
      - John Franco: former captain; native NYer (went to St. John's University); most saves by a Mets closer.
      - Pedro Martinez: Only 1 good year with NYM, but he is a future HOF and made big news when signed in the 2004 off-season.
      Good one yeah! And Izzie wore it last year. An all-pitcher number with two of the Mets best closers ever.
      Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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      • #4
        4-Duke Snider,Ron Swoboda,Rusty Staub,Lenny Dykstra,Robin Ventura
        5-Ed Charles,Davey Johnson,John Olerud,David Wright
        20-Tommie Agee,Howard Johnson
        22-Donn Clendenon,Ray Knight,Kevin McReynolds,Al Leiter
        42-Ron Taylor,Ron Hodges,Roger McDowell
        47-Jay Hook,Jesse Orosco,Joe McEwing,Tom Glavine
        50-Sid Fernandez,Benny Agbayani

        I feel like Brad Pitt's assistant in Moneyball in which the assistant says "Here are the player analysis you asked me to do."
        And Brad Pitt says "I asked you to do 3,how many did you do?" And the assistant says "47." And Brad Pitt says "ok."
        And the assistant says "Actually I did 51,I don't know why I lied just now." And Brad Pitt chuckles.
        "You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
        at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman

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        • #5
          #1 -- Richie Ashburn, Mookie Wilson, Vince Coleman, Lance Johnson, Luis Castillo
          #17 -- Don Zimmer, Choo Choo Coleman, Dennis Ribant, Teddy Martinez, Felix Millan, Ellis Valentine, Keith Hernandez, David Cone, Bret Saberhagen

          Aw, hell, I'll just cut to the chase. I almost think it's just as interesting that there are about two dozen numbers that have never been issued to anyone. But I'm quirky that way.
          Put it in the books.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Strawman View Post
            Only put the really important/great/champion/all-star Mets in there!
            #6 - Nick Evans
            The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
              #6 - Nick Evans
              Funny, blue - hilarious!

              But you neglected:

              Al Weis
              Wally Backman
              Carlos Baerga
              Timo Perez
              Melvin Mora

              Among others!
              Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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              • #8
                16-Felix Millan,John Stearns,Lee Mazzilli,Dwight Gooden,Derek Bell,David Cone,Paul LoDuca
                "You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
                at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Joe Rigatoni View Post
                  16-Felix Millan,John Stearns,Lee Mazzilli,Dwight Gooden,Derek Bell,David Cone,Paul LoDuca
                  Wow that's quite a number.
                  Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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