The last time the Mets only had one All-Star…

Sarah Langs

As the All-Stars assemble in Minnesota on Monday, the Mets’ lone representative this year will be 2B Daniel Murphy.

David Wright has made the All-Star Game almost every year he’s been in the bigs, but didn’t have the numbers this year. The pitching has been good, but no one on par with the Wainwrights and Kershaws of the league. Thus, a singular Flushing feature representing this year, Murphy.

It’s been more than ten years since the Mets managed just one All-Star. The year was 2003, and the team would win only 66 games on the year. Their All-Star? Armando Benitez.

2014 Primary All-Star Game LogoLast year, the team had Wright and Matt Harvey not only representing the host ballpark and team, but also starting in the game. In 2012, it was Wright and R.A. Dickey, during his Cy Young campaign. The 2011 game featured Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes. The year before that, it was Reyes and Wright — all those years ago when the left side of the infield was the envy of many — most? all? — teams.

Though there have been at least two per year since 2003, we have to go all the way back to 2009 in St. Louis — five years ago now — to find a National League All-Star roster with more than two Mets. That Midsummer Classic had Wright, Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez and Johan Santana. The Mets were three games below .500 at the break in 2009, and had hovered around .500 for most of the season to that point. They were also coming off of an 89-win season, albeit sans playoff berth. In other words, their players were in the national conversation.

The year before, in 2008, the Mets had two All-Stars in Wright and Billy Wagner.

Coming off of their 2006 division title, the 2007 squad that went on to lose a 7.5 game lead with 17 to play produced four All-Stars: Reyes, Wright, Beltran and Wagner.

It should come as no surprise that the last time the Mets had more than four All-Stars was in their playoff season of 2006, when they dominated throughout the season. That year, Paul Lo Duca, Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine accompanied Wright, Reyes and Beltran.

How have they arrived back here, to the one All-Star club, after eleven years that included three seasons of 80 or more wins and one playoff berth?

The roster stability between 2006 and 2009 meant that the same names were in the All-Star conversation year to year, though the specific representatives varied a bit — buoyed by Wright. Those were the years when the Mets had signed a number of big name free agents. The players who made it for the Mets in that span, other than Wright and Reyes, had already produced All-Star seasons for other teams beforehand: Santana, Martinez, Wagner, Lo Duca — these were all players people knew outside of Queens.

Other than Wright, that isn’t the case anymore. Murphy is one of the longer-tenured Mets, having debuted in 2008, but he’s never had a season quite like this one. He’s not a household name, though a separate argument could be made that he should be, given his 113 hits, good for third in the NL.

If the point here is that better-known players make the All-Star Game, then perhaps it shouldn’t matter anyway. Although the game determines home field advantage in the World Series, it’s predominantly an exhibition of the most popular players in the league. This goes both ways, though. If the Mets had more homegrown players who could garner the star power Wright can, then maybe they’d also be playing better on the whole.

Of course, a team’s goal in a season shouldn’t be six All-Stars, it should be a playoff berth and a World Series title. But it does seem that the years the Mets put more players on the national stage were also the years they were more competitive, which should come as no surprise.


Sarah is an intern for SNY this summer.




37 comments
Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Wright has been in the MLB 11 years. He's made the All Star Team 7 times. That's not "almost every year." That's a little more than half the time.

Evil_MrM
Evil_MrM

Welcome to the snake pit, Sarah. It's a good idea to wear asbestos undies when posting a blog entry here... 

evolution
evolution

Wait, did you just make the statement that Wright 'didn’t have the numbers this year.'?  Are you joking?  Let's take a look at the numbers of the guys who got in at 3B.

Starter - Aramis Ramirez: .288Avg 11HR  43RBI  31R
Reserve - Matt Carpenter:    .283Avg  4HR   34RBI  60R


Now let's look at David Wright:

..285Avg  8HR  48RBI  41R


Sorry, but Wright deserved to be at least the reserve, and his numbers are better than the starter.  If you think his numbers aren't equal or better than both the 3B you shouldn't be writing a blog about baseball.


Andrew Maglione
Andrew Maglione

Benitez at the 2003 All-Star Game was also his last outing in a Mets Jersey lol

hankincolo
hankincolo

How many All-stars did the Mets have in '73? This second half is shaping up to be a repeat of that year. Ya gotta believe!!!!!

sandybgone
sandybgone

2006 I think they had like 6 all stars if I am correct?


Mets absolutely destroyed the NL East that season...hope we get that again one day

Gregory Schreiber
Gregory Schreiber

They are lucky that every team is guaranteed one player in the game.

simbad
simbad

I finally get to complain about something not Mets-related. Can't believe Kershaw isn't starting. That's abhorrent.

11gilkey
11gilkey

Win and you'll have All-Stars.  The number of All Stars the Mets have is the least of my worries with this team. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

I'm actually glad David was not chosen. He needs the rest.

James
James

Didn't they remove the requirement that every team has to have a representative?  So hey 1 player is better than nothing.


Our pitching staff will start making appearances, we have a lot of kids who collectively are doing very well but none are dominating themselves like Harvey was.  But in a couple years I wouldn't be surprised to see us have a 2-3 pitchers showing up at the all star game.

robby
robby

they deserve just one all star.  They'll win more than 66 games this year.  Prove that you can win and than maybe they can have more than one!  In the meantime  LETS GO METS!!!!!!!!!!!!  WIN!!!!  

@evolution Wright had 112 more plate appearances than Ramirez!  The stats on their face may look close but Ramirez had a better first half.

domtoretto
domtoretto

Matt Carpenter was selected because his manager (Mike Matheny) had the pick. Also hence why Adam Wainwright was named starter, etc. So yes, Wright got shafted.

robby
robby

@simbad Which shows the best players are neccassarly not in the All-star game.  It's a joke not much interest in it

evolution
evolution

@11gilkey While I agree that the number of all-stars is the least of our worries, what does winning have to do with it?  An all-star is the best of the best.  You should not have to play for a winning team to be an all-star.  Would you take Matt Harvey's start away from him last year because he played for a losing team?  No, because that is not what it means to be an all-star!

tullydew
tullydew

No, they still have the rule that every team is represented at the All Star game.

evolution
evolution

@robby What does winning have to do with what is supposed to be the best of the best at each position?  Wright is at least equal to or better than both Ramirez and Carpenter...

quinnquinn
quinnquinn

@hashburry I'm not sure you realize how ignorant this generalization makes you look. As far as the post goes, popular players have been getting disproportionately big paychecks for a while now so it wouldn't surprise if there is a similar relationship between popularity and making the All-Star game.

evolution
evolution

@hashburry @Evil_MrM The 'writer' makes a statement that clearly makes no sense and someone challenges it so they are 'a child'?  Perhaps the 'writer' should have checked the facts before posting?  The fact is that even if you made the argument that Wright was not as good as the others that have made the all-star team, you still had to debate it.  It was not clear-cut.  If you had to debate, his numbers were good enough.

evolution
evolution

@hashburry @evolution Who has been on the team with lesser numbers?  And what does that have to do with this year?  The all-star game is supposed to be the best of the best.  If you want to make it a popularity contest, you need to take home-field advantage for the world series off the table.

evolution
evolution

 @evolution You realize walks count towards plate appearances right?  Wright has THREE times the walks of Ramirez and his OBP is higher.  You can't get an RBI from a walk unless the bases are loaded.  Again, the point is her stating that Wright 'didn't have the numbers'.  That is clearly a bad statement.

evolution
evolution

@domtoretto Yes, he did.  This writer has no clue.

Brian Mangan
Brian Mangan

@evolution why are you approaching every single thing said like a full-on argument? Who pooped in your cereal?

Brian Mangan
Brian Mangan

Dude. It's not an advocacy piece about Wright. Chill out.

evolution
evolution

And let's say that you thought that Ramirez was better, you would at least say they were comparable...

metsfanman
metsfanman

@evolution Those numbers show that Carpenter and Ramirez didn't have great first halves (though  Ramirez' numbers are in almost 100 fewer at bats than Wright so I would argue he at least slightly outperformed Wright), they don't show that Wright did deserve to make the team. Todd Frazier clearly did deserve to make the team and outperformed all other NL 3rd basemen. Also, Wright played well right before the break, which improved his numbers after the team already had been selected. Wright's been my favorite player for years, but I honestly don't think he deserved it this year and it's at least debatable. I don't think it's fair to say that the writer is clueless.

evolution
evolution

@Brian Mangan who spit in yours?  You are obviously trying to start something if you need to reply to my posts?  Full-on argument?  Try again.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@evolution to be fair, Wright got red hot this past homestand which largely took place after the votes were tallied and the reserves were named 

evolution
evolution

@metsfanman I didn't mention Frazier, because he was clearly the best.  But either way it is debatable about Carpenter/Ramirez and to state that Wright didn't have the numbers is moronic.

Brian Mangan
Brian Mangan

@evolution @Brian Mangan not starting anything, beyond pointing out that you are absurd and combative and trying to fight people who aren't even talking to you or who dont even necessarily disagree with you.

As a general suggestion, take a moment before you comment and reread what you've written.