By the Numbers: Top Eleven Mets All-Stars
July 13th, 2010 by slangon

I can’t believe that the Mid-Summer Classic is upon us already. It seems crazy to me to think that it’s mid-way through the season (actually, it’s 88 games into the season, which is 54.32% though the season). I always hear people complain about the All-Star game, saying how it’s not fun to watch and it’s just a popularity contest and the managers try to get everyone in the game instead of managing to win. Those are all valid points and I can see why some people get turned off by it. Me, on the other hand, I love the All-Star game. To me, there’s just something awesome about seeing two teams composed completely of star players face off.

Anyway, in honor of the 80th All-Star Game and David Wrights last minute victory over Placido Polanco, I give you the Top Eleven Mets All-Stars, by number of appearances. Even though this list contains 11 players, there are actually only 5 spots thanks to a bunch of guys being tied with the number of times they’ve gone to the All-Star Game as a Met.

First off, I guess you could say tied for 5th Place, with 3 appearances each:

Keith made the All-Star team as a Met in 1984, 1986 and 1987. Sadly, his numbers from those three games are not very good. He got 1 hit in 7 AB for a .142 BA and struck out twice. He didn’t score, didn’t drive in a run and didn’t hit an extra base hit.

Jon Matlack made it to the All-Star Game 3 years consecutively from 1974-76. He did not pitch in 1976, but was pretty successful in the other two years, pitching 3.0 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 ER, 1BB, and 4 SO. He even picked up the win in the ’75 ASG after pitching the 7th and 8th innings.

04AUTHENTIXreyesRelicJose Reyes made it to his 3rd All-Star Team this year but unfortunately will be unable to play due to the oblique injury he sustained while the team was in Puerto Rico. He also made it onto the 2006 AST, but was injured as well. In 2007, the only year he did play, he really made up for lost time, going 3 for 4, with a double and a run scored as well as a stolen base.

Next, we move up to the 4th Place level, with 4 appearances a piece:

Carlos Beltran made it to the ASG in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, although he was injured in 2009. The 3 years that he did play he started the game in Center Field. He had 4 hits in 10 AB for an even .400 BA. Among those 4 hits were a double and a triple. He also scored 2 runs and stole a base. Let’s hope he comes close to that kind of performance when he finally rejoins the team on Thursday.

Gary Carter was an 11 time All-Star including an impressive 10 straight All-Star nods from 1979-1988. He appeared as a Met every year from 1985-88. He did not play in 1985 however due to injury. The other 3 years combined he only had 1 hit in 7 AB with 1 BB thrown in for good measure.

Dwight Gooden represented the Mets at the Mid-Summer Classic in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1988. He did not pitch in 1985, although he was the National League’s starting pitcher in 1986. He pitched a total of 8.0 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs, all earned. He walked 1 and struck out 6. Unfortunately for Doc, he took the loss in ’86 and ’88.

John Stearns surprised me a little bit that he had so many All-Star appearances as a Met. I guess he fell into that period of Mets History when it was pretty slim pickings as far as All-Stars went and, hey, every team need to be represented. He made it to the ’77, ’79, ’80 and ’82 squads. He did not play in 1979 and only had 1 at bat between the other 3 years in which he grounded out to second. Apparently, he was mostly a late inning replacement for Johnny Bench.

Now we move up to 3rd place with 5 appearances. This spot is actually solely occupied by one guy:

David Wright made it onto his 5th All-Star team this year, narrowly beating out Placido Polanco in the last day or two of voting. Of course we don’t know what he’ll do this year until after tonight, but in the 4 games he’s already played he’s gone 4 for 11 for a .363 BA. He also was the 13th player in All-Star Game history to homer in his first All-Star at bat.

On we go to 2nd place, jumping to 7 appearances each:

Mike Piazza made the All-Star team 12 times, 7 of those coming while in a Mets uniform. Of course he missed the 2000 ASG thanks to a Roger Clemens bean-ball 2 days before the game was supposed to be played. The 6 games he did play did not serve him very well. He went 2 for 13 which works out to a .153 BA. He did drive in 1 run however.

Darryl Strawberry represented the Mets in the ASG every year from 1984-1990. He also went in 1991 as a Dodger. He missed the 1989 game due to injury. His numbers at the All-Star Game as a Met include 4 hits in 12 AB (.333 BA), 2 runs scored and 2 SB.

And finally, the Met with the most All-Star Game appearances under his belt:

Tom Seaver went to the All-Star Game 12 times over the course of his career. 9 of those times he was wearing the blue and orange. He was there every year from 1967 to 1973, skipped 1974, and then again in 1975 and 1976. I was a little surprised to see that Tom, like a surprising number of these All-Star Mets, did not have outstanding numbers at the All-Star Game. As a Met, he never got a decision (although he did get the Save in 1967). Other than that, he had 10.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB and 13 SO. Actually, I guess that is pretty damn good.

So anyway, there you have the Top Eleven Mets All-Stars, at least judging by the number of appearances. Good luck to David tonight and here’s to hoping for a National League win, finally.

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