Hudson Valley's all-time favorite Met?
The 2013 baseball season is well under way, and Hudson Valley Home Stand is looking back at the great players who have played baseball in New York. We are asking die-hard baseball fans in the Hudson Valley to decide who their favorite all-time Met is. The Mets have not had the same storied history of the crosstown rival Yankees, but the Mets' two championships in 1969 and 1986 are among the biggest moments in Major League Baseball history. As part of our effort to represent each era of Mets history, yet also be selective, Hudson Valley Home Stand put in its criteria that each player has to have played for the Mets for at least five consecutive seasons.
Here are the 10 finalists and a quick rundown of their major accomplishments:
Tom Seaver -- Career stats: 311-205 W-L 2.86 ERA 3,640 SO Seaver’s arrival on the Mets was the most significant step the franchise took from becoming perennial losers to 1969 world champions. He won three Cy Young Awards and was voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility with the largest percentage (98.8) ever.
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Jerry Koosman -- Career stats: 222-209 W-L 3.36 ERA 2,556 SO Koosman was a big piece of the Mets' first winning era of the late '60s and early '70s. Koosman won two games in the 1969 World Series, including a complete-game victory in Game 5 to close out the series.
Darryl Strawberry -- Career stats: .259 AVG, 1,401 H, 335 HR, 1,000 RBI The first pick in the 1980 draft, Strawberry averaged more than 30 home runs and 90 RBIs in eight years with the club. He was an instrumental part of the 1986 world championship and 1988 NL East Division title teams.
Keith Hernandez -- Career stats: .296 AVG, 2,182 H, 162 HR, 1,071 RBI The first captain in Mets history, Hernandez won six Gold Glove awards in seven seasons with the club. His arrival on the team in the middle of the 1983 season, along with the development of the younger core players, marked the Mets' resurgance in the '80s that included a world championship in 1986.
Dwight Gooden -- Career stats: 194-112 W-L 3.51 ERA 2,293 SO Gooden burst onto the scene in 1984 as a 19-year-old, leading the major leagues in strikouts with 276 and winning the Rookie of the Year Award. But 1985 was his best season as a Met, when he earned the Cy Young Award with a 24-4 record and a 1.53 ERA.
Gary Carter -- Career stats: .262 AVG, 2,092 H, 324 HR, 1,225 RBI One of the greatest catchers in baseball history, Carter and Hernandez were the veteran core that led the young Mets to a world championship in 1986. He had 9 RBIs in the 1986 World Series, the most of any player. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003.
Howard Johnson -- Career stats: .249 AVG, 1,229 H, 228 HR, 760 RBI A three-time member of the 30-30 club (30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season), Johnson was one of the most feared hitters on the Mets in the late '80s and early '90s. "HoJo", a switch hitter, led the National League in 1991 with 38 homers and 117 RBIs.
Mike Piazza -- Career stats: .308 AVG, 2,127 H, 427 HR, 1,135 RBI Piazza is widely recognized as the best-hitting catcher of all time. He led the Mets' resurgence in the late '90s that saw them appear in the National League Championship Series in 1999 and the World Series in 2000. He hit 220 home runs as a Met, including a game-winning homer in the first game in New York after 9/11.
Jose Reyes -- Career stats: .292 AVG, 1,494 H, 111 3B, 412 SB One of the most exciting players in Mets history, Reyes' speed led him to become the most dynamic base stealer in team history. In spacious Shea Stadium and Citi Field, Reyes routinely was at the top of the National League in triples. In 2011, Reyes won the National League batting title, the first in Mets history.
David Wright -- Career stats: .301 AVG, 1,432 H, 204 HR, 821 RBI Wright is set to shatter most of the Mets offensive records, especially after signing a new eight-year contract before the 2013 season. Wright already holds the club records for RBIs runs, and hits.
Please vote in the poll below. The final result and a profile of the Hudson Valley's all-time favorite Met will be revealed May 8.