On Monday, Pete Alonso joined Darryl Strawberry as the only Mets to win the Home Run Derby. When Strawberry won in 1986, he would not lead the league in homers. He would finish that season tied for fifth in homers 10 behind Mike Schmidt.
This year, Alonso is tied with Cody Bellinger for second in homers in the league. Both players are just one behind Christian Yelich. If Alonso could overcome Yelich, Bellinger, and sluggers just behind him, he would become the eighth player to win the Home Run Derby in the same year he led the league in homers. Can you name the seven who have done it? Good luck!
The 1969 Mets are returning to Queens to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first World Series in franchise history. It was a miracle that team won, and it would take another miracle for the team to win in 1986. Between those two teams, there were a number of lovable players but only three Hall of Famers. Can you name those players? Good luck!
This offseason, Brodie Van Wagenen went out and added Keon Broxton, Robinson Cano, J.D. Davis, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Jed Lowrie, Justin Wilson, and others in the hopes of building a World Series winner. So far, the end result has been an under .500 fourth place team very reminiscent of the 1992 Mets team dubbed The Worst Team Money Could Buy.
Do you remember the players who made up that 90 loss 1992 team? Good luck!
While Ron Hunt might’ve been the first Mets player to start an All Star Game, he was not the first Mets player to be elected an All Star by the fan vote. That would not happen until 1971, one year after the fan vote was reinstated. In total, the Mets have had 12 players elected as All Star starters with none of them coming since 2013.
Can you name the Mets who have been elected All Star starters? Good luck!
After this series against the Dodgers, you could see the Mets and Dodgers have gone two completely different directions since the Mets 2015 NLDS victory. We have seen key players from that series like Daniel Murphy sign elsewhere or Chase Utley retire. Really, both rosters have undergone much overhaul.
Given the overhaul, can you name the players who have remained with both teams? Good luck!
Juan Lagares Michael Conforto Yoenis Cespedes Noah Syndergaard Jacob deGrom Steven Matz Jeurys Familia Kike Hernandez Corey Seager Joc Pederson Justin Turner Clayton Kershaw Kenley Jansen Yimi Garcia Zack Wheeler Hyun-Jin Ryu
With Addison Reed being released by the Twins, we are reminded of just how great he was with the Mets. If not for him in 2015, the Mets may not make it to the World Series. In 2016, he was even better and was one of the key difference makers for a Mets team who claimed a Wild Card spot. Overall, he was one of the best set-up men to ever wear a Mets uniform.
But was he the best? Does he even make the top five? Can you name who does? Good luck!
So far this year, the Mets have had the fifth starter spot come up in the rotation 10 times, and they have had a starter go at least five innings twice. Their fill-ins, Wilmer Font and Chris Flexen, have certainly contributed to it. It’s about as bad as you get, but with them falling far short of 100 innings as a Met, they don’t yet qualify as one of the worst pitchers in Mets history. Can you name the five who do? Good luck!
With Todd Zeile taking over in the booth while Ron Darling battles thyroid cancer, it is interesting to consider how the Mets have come to claim Zeile. He played 16 years and for 11 franchises, and he played with the Cardinals more than he played for the Mets. What is also interesting with Zeile is his 11 franchises is not a Major League record. That ties him just for sixth all time. Can you name the five players who have played for more? Good luck!