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Top 5 Players To Find Success After Leaving the New York Mets

"Top 5 Players To Find Success After Leaving the New York Mets

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Milwaukee Brewers center fielder and former Met Carlos Gomez is making a push to be voted in as an All-Star starter for the first time in his career following a reserve selection last season. Gomez is one of many players to make their first All-Star Game appearance after leaving the Mets. Here are the top five former Mets to make a name for themselves elsewhere.

5. Jereomy Burnitz

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5. Jeromy Burnitz

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Jeromy Burnitz made his major league debut with the Mets in 1993. He played for the Mets for two seasons and became one of the elite power hitters in the league for several years with the Milwaukee Brewers before having a disappointing second stint in New York. With the exception of his one full season back with the Mets in 2002, Burnitz hit 27 or more home runs each season from 1997-2004.

4. Scott Kazmir

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4. Scott Kazmir

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Kazmir was the top pitching prospect in the Mets organization in 2004 as 20-year-old. In 2004, with the Mets still in playoff contention, they thought it would be a good idea to trade Kazmir for a major league starter. The Mets traded Kazmir to Tampa for mediocre pitcher Victor Zambrano at the deadline. Kazmir appears to be on his way to a third All-Star Game with a 8-2 record and 2.05 ERA with Oakland.

3. Jason Isringhausen

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3. Jason Isringhausen

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Jason Isringhausen was part of the Mets' arsenal of young pitching prospects in the 90s known as "Generation K." Isringhausen was a highly-touted starting pitcher who struggled and got injured. In 1999, with Isringhausen healthy, the Mets sent him to Oakland. Isringhausen went on to be one of the most dominant closers of the 2000s with the A's and Cardinals.

2. Jeff Kent

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2. Jeff Kent

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Jeff Kent came to the Mets via trade with Toronto in 1992. After a few decent seasons in New York, he was traded to the Indians in 1996. Kent went on to be one of the greatest hitting second-basemen in major league history, as he put up 20-plus home runs and 100-plus RBIs in every season of his stint with the San Francisco Giants from 1997-2002.

1. Nolan Ryan

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1. Nolan Ryan

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This is by far the most painful name on the list for Mets fans to hear. Nolan Ryan was a less-than-impressive pitcher for the Mets from 1966-1971. However, after leaving the Mets, Ryan went on to win 295 more games ... on top of a major league record seven no-hitters -- six more than the Mets have in their entire history.

Alex Susskind is a sportswriter for RantSports.com. Follow him Twitter @ASusskind.