In conjunction with the Mets 50th Anniversary Celebration, SNY will premiere the definitive list of the ‘50 greatest Mets players’ of all-time in May.
This 60-minute program presented by Citi – entitled 50 Greatest Mets – counts down the greatest players in club history, based on tabulated votes submitted by SNY’s blue ribbon panel, which includes Gary Cohen and Howie Rose, Ralph Kiner, columnist John Harper of the New York Daily News, and Steve Hirdt, the Executive Vice President of the Elias Sports Bureau.
The 50 Greatest Mets program is a collaboration with MLB Productions, featuring rare footage from MLB’s vast library, and offering contemporary testimonials from current and former players, as well as numerous dignitaries of the game.
Matthew Cerrone: That specific panel will almost certainly make Tom Seaver No. 1 on this list, I would think, as he should be. But, the rest of the top group will be interesting. My hunch is that the No. 2 spot will go to Mike Piazza, and then some combination of David Wright (who could easily be considered No. 3, even 2 for that matter), as well as Jerry Koosman, Ed Kranepool, Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez. Carlos Beltran, Edgardo Alfonzo, Howard Johnson and Jose Reyes will likely slot in some place next. The point is, I never really realized how undefined this all is for the Mets. It’s Seaver, clearly, then some current guys still writing history, and a whole bunch of other players all with somewhat comparable production. I’m eager to see how this panel ranks them.
Michael Baron: I believe Piazza will be No. 2 on this list. However, this has to be defined by more than what a player did on field. That said, right now, when I think of the Mets, I think of David Wright. He has been intertwined with both winning and losing, and he is defining himself – much like Seaver and Piazza did in their respective eras – with his presence, professionalism, demeanor, ambassadorship, and his ability to lead and perform on the field. As was the case with Seaver and Piazza, Wright has had a singular impact on this franchise since the day he arrived at Shea Stadium and all three have gone a long way towards giving the organization a unique identity in their times. They have all been faces of the franchise, and when determining individual greatness and historical importance there is no better fit for No. 3 than Wright.