New York Mets: Top 10 WAR leaders in franchise history

WAR is one of the most popular ways in the modern era to measure a player’s value. In the history of the New York Mets, these ten men lead the franchise. Since their installment as an MLB franchise in 1962, the New York Mets have been one of the most polarizing teams in baseball. The Amazins have won two World Series Championships (1969, 1986) and five National League Pennants (1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, and 2015). They have also had countless All-Stars and individual award winners. Over the decades, there has been much debate amongst fans about the best players in the franchise’s storied history. Now, with the benefit of advanced statistics, we can use Wins Above Replacement (WAR) as a helpful resource in settling this debate. As the team gears up for their 57th season, let’s look at the ten best players to ever wear the orange and blue. Honorable Mentions Keith Hernandez (Career Mets WAR: 26.6) Fewer names are more synonymous with the Mets than Keith Hernandez ’s. The five-time All-Star, 11-time Gold Glove winner, and 1979 NL MVP is a current member of the Mets Hall of Fame. His position as a television broadcaster for the Mets has also given a new generation of fans the opportunity to connect with the legend. However, much like several other names on his list, Hernandez’s ranking is lowered by a shorter tenure with the team. He spent his first ten seasons as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals before joining New York in 1983. Jacob deGrom (Career Mets WAR: 25.7 through 2018) Jacob deGrom will almost certainly finish his career inside the top ten list. In just five seasons in New York, his 25.7 WAR ranks 7th all-time amongst pitchers. Unless a contract dispute or major source of unexpected tension causes his Mets career to abruptly end deGrom seems destined for greatness. It’s possible deGrom could crack the top ten as early as next season. Mike Piazza (Career Mets WAR: 24.6) The only thing keeping Mike Piazza out of the top ten was his abbreviated tenure in New York. Despite spending the first half of his career with the Dodgers and Marlins, Piazza is still one of the most famous and beloved amongst Mets fans. The 12-time All-Star is one of the best catchers in team and league history. His historic home run after the 9/11 attack was also one of the most memorable moments in the history of baseball.