Tuesday, July 13, 2010

1982 New York Mets

Just 4 seasons before the infamous '86 Mets, it is hard to decide who to say who is the best player on this team. Not because there were so many to choose from, but from a lack of players to choose from. This was the first season with one of the biggest free agent signing busts ever, George Foster. Dave Kingman had solid slugging numbers but it went with a .204 BA/.285 OBP.
I am going to give this teams MVP award to Mookie Wilson. He led the team in runs scored and hits. He also led the team in stolen bases by a mile.

Cy Young
There was only one pitcher who pitched more than 49 innings* with a winning record, and that was Craig Swan. This was an odd pitching staff. All of the main starters on this team pitched at least 10 games in relief. Craig Swan also had a respectable 3.35 ERA, so I will give him this team's Cy Young award.

*OK that seems random, but Terry Leach pitched that many innings and had a 2-1 record, and allows me to make the following statement true

Rookie Card of the Year
There was only one true rookie card on this team, and that belonged to Charlie Puleo. Puleo had a 9-9 record for this team, was traded away the next year in a package to Cincinnati that brought Tom Seaver back to the Mets, and eventually finished out the '80s with the Braves, going 29-39 for his career with a 4.25 ERA.

Unspectacular, sure, but it would have to be pretty cool to tell your grandkids you were traded for Tom Seaver.

Most Interesting Non-Topps Card
Donruss had Jesse Orosco's first card by himself in their set. He was in the 1980 Topps set on the Mets prospects card, and would not appear in a Topps set again until 1983. Orosco bounced around forever playing on the Dodgers, Indians, Brewers, Orioles, Cardinals, Padres, Yankees, and Twins as the left handed ace out of the bullpen. He finally retired in 2003 at the age of 46.

__ TO 743 C John Stearns NYM
__ TO 690 1B Dave Kingman NYM

2B Wally Backman
__ TO 494 3B Hubie Brooks NYM
__ TT 39 SS Ron Gardenhire NYM
__ TT 36 LF George Foster NYM
__ TO 143 CF Mookie Wilson NYM
__ TO 15 RF Ellis Valentine NYM
__ TO 79 IF Bob Bailor NYM
__ TO 234 C Ron Hodges NYM
__ TO 270 UT Rusty Staub NYM

Starting Pitchers
__ TO 592 SP Craig Swan NYM
__ TO 326 SP Pete Falcone NYM
__ TT 94 SP Charlie Puleo NYM
__ TO 432 SP Mike Scott NYM
__ TO 626 SP Randy Jones NYM

Relief Pitchers
__ TO 205 CL Neil Allen NYM
__ DO 646 RP Jesse Orosco NYM
__ TO 121 RP Ed Lynch NYM
__ TO 399 RP Pat Zachry NYM

SP Rick Ownbey

Other Players
__ TO 655 RF Joel Youngblood NYM

RF Gary Rajsich

2B Brian Giles
__ TO 566 UT Mike Jorgensen NYM
__ TT 123 MI Tom Veryzer NYM

C Bruce Bochy

UT Mike Howard

3B Phil Mankowski

RF Rusty Tillman

C Ronn Reynolds

PH Rick Sweet

RP Terry Leach
__ TO 524 RP Tom Hausman NYM

SP Brent Gaff

SP Scott Holman

SP Walt Terrell

RP Tom Gorman

RP Doug Sisk

RP Carlos Diaz


MG George Bamberger

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