Last night at the 92Y in Manhattan, SNY announced the Mets All-Time presented by Citi, which featured:
[jbox color=”gray”]Davey Johnson as manager, with Mike Piazza (C), Keith Hernandez (1B), Edgardo Alfonzo (2B), Jose Reyes (SS) and David Wright (3B) on the infield, Carlos Beltran (CF), Darryl Strawberry (RF) and Cleon Jones (LF) in the outfield, Tom Seaver (RHP) and Jerry Koosman (LHP) in the rotation, and Roger McDowell (RHP) and Tug McGraw (LHP) in the bullpen.[/jbox]
The event will air June 21 at 8:00 pm ET on SNY.
However, today, the Mets All-Time Team will be at the SNY studio plaza from 10 am to 2 pm (across from Radio City), during which there will be an autograph for fans signing with Keith Hernandez, Jerry Koosman and Edgardo Alfonzo.
WFAN’s Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno will broadcast their show live from the event, during which fans will also have the opportunity to enter into a sweepstakes for a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Subway Series game and a sweepstakes for one of 50 pairs of Mets tickets. Fans can also sign a 6-foot tall 50th Anniversary baseball that will be on display at Citi Field later this season.
Matthew Cerrone: The final team is more or less what we voted on here at MetsBlog over the last few weeks. In two votes, readers of MetsBlog voted John Franco in as the left-handed reliever, not Tug, but that was the only difference. The one I question is Davey over Gil Hodges. Now, look, I love Davey Johnson. He’s the first manager I watched, and the 80s Mets were my team. But, Hodges is credited with giving the Mets credibility, legitimizing them in a way that I can’t even fathom (because of my age). Here’s the difference (X’s and O’s aside): I hear how Davey’s players talk about him, and they admire and respect him and their thankful for him, but Hodges’s players talk about Gil with tears in their eyes, they loved him like a father and credit him for changing lives and the direction of this franchise in a way I don’t hear people speak about Davey. Hodges number is retired. Davey’s is not. It seems to me, Gil should have been honored here. However, it wouldn’t be baseball without a good debate.