By Alex Susskind @ASusskind on June 7, 2014
The New York Mets' Hall of Fame inducted their first manager, Casey Stengal, and their co-founder/first owner Joan Payson in their inaugural ceremony in 1981. Today, the Mets' Hall of Fame consists of 27 former players, managers, broadcasters, and front office/executive personnel. Here are the top five former Mets who should be inducted into the team Hall of Fame one day.
*Denotes active player
Edgardo Alfonso was signed by the Mets in 1991 as an undrafted free agent. He was a main offensive force in the Mets' lineup from 1997-2002. When the Mets signed 3B Robin Ventura, Alfonso moved to 2B in what was dubbed by Sports Illustrated as one of the greatest defensive infields of all time. Alfonso left the team in 2003 for the San Francisco Giants and retired in 2006.
The Mets signed Carlos Beltran to a huge contract after the 2004 season. His first season in Flushing was a disaster, and he was showered with boos regularly. The following year, Beltran hit a career-high 41 HRs as the team ran away with the NL East title. Beltran would be a major asset to the team the next two seasons before struggling to stay healthy in 2009/2010. He was traded in 2011, and is possibly the most under-appreciate Met of all time.
Ron Darling was called up to the majors in 1983 as part of the early-80s youth infusion, which helped win the 1986 World Series for the Mets. Darling earned a spot in the Mets' rotation in 1984 and posted a record of 99-70 in his time with the team. After struggling through 1990 and 1991, Darling was traded to the Expos and finished his career with the Oakland Athletics. Darling currently provides color-commentary for the Mets on SNY and WPIX.
Jose Reyes exploded on the scene for the Mets in 2003. He battled through injury in the beginning, but managed to establish himself as an All-Star caliber SS and leadoff hitter. When healthy, Reyes was the spark plug for the Mets' offense from 2005-2011. Reyes was at the top of league in stolen bases almost every season. He won the NL batting title in 2011 before leaving in the offseason for the Miami Marlins.
Bobby Valentine became interim-manager of the Mets during the 1996 season. The colorful and charismatic manager took the team to the playoffs in 1999 and the World Series in 2000. Valentine posted a record of 536-467 before being fired following the 2002 season. He will always be remembered for his fake mustache disguise after being ejected from a game in 1999.
August 31, 2015 by Ben Linton
Taking a look at five Baltimore Orioles' players who could be promoted in September and provide a boost for their playoff push. Read More
August 31, 2015 by Jason Fletcher
The Chicago Cubs have reportedly acquired Austin Jackson in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. Find out why this is a solid move for the Cubs. Read More
August 31, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser
Pitching isn't generally the American League's forte, but there have been some fine hurlers over there this season. Here are the top 10 candidates for the league's Cy Young this year. Read More
The race for the American League MVP race has narrowed to a small field. These 10 players lead the rest of the pack heading into September. Read More
August 31, 2015 by Seth Lassen
You will never see a more bizarre bobblehead for as long as you live. Read More
August 31, 2015 by Brad Faber
During the Chicago Cubs' magical run in 2015, Jake Arrieta has been a major part of the team's success. He has also emerged as a contract extension candidate and a Cy Young contender. Read More
August 31, 2015 by Nick Vorholt
There are four guys in the minors and one just called up for the San Francisco Giants who could change the balance of power in the NL West. Read More
The National League has been star-studded this season, but only a handful of players are deserving of the league's MVP. These 10 have been the best of the best in the NL. Read More