New York Mets

The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens. The Mets compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. The Mets are one of two Major League clubs based in New York City; the other is the New York Yankees of the American League East.

One of baseball's first expansion teams, the Mets were founded in 1962 to replace New York's departed NL teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. The Mets' colors are composed of the Dodgers' blue and the Giants' orange, which also form the outer two bands of the New York City flag.[1] During the 1962 and 1963 seasons, the Mets played their home games at the Polo Grounds. From 1964 to 2008, the Mets' home ballpark was Shea Stadium. In 2009, they moved into their current ballpark, Citi Field.[1]

In their 1962 inaugural season, the Mets posted a record of 40–120, the worst regular season record since MLB went to a 162-game schedule (two games were canceled). The team never finished better than second to last until the 1969 "Miracle Mets" beat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in World Series history.[5] Since then, they have played in four additional World Series, including a dramatic run in 1973 that ended in a seven-game loss to the Oakland Athletics, a second championship in 1986 over the Boston Red Sox, a Subway Series loss against their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in 2000,[6] and a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals in 2015.

The Mets qualified to play in the Major League Baseball postseason in 1988 and 2006, coming within one game of the World Series both years. After near-misses in 2007 and 2008[7], the Mets made the playoffs in 2015 for the first time in nine years, and won their first NL pennant in 15 years. The team again returned to the playoffs in 2016, this time with a wild card berth. This was the team's second back-to-back playoff appearance, the first occurring during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

As of the end of the 2018 MLB season, the Mets overall win-loss record is 4362–4732, good for a .480 win percentage.[8]

New York Mets
2019 New York Mets season
Established in 1962
New York MetsNew York Mets Insignia
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
MLB-NLE-NYM-Uniform
Retired numbers
Colors
  • Blue, orange, white[1]
                  
Name
  • New York Mets (1962–present)
Other nicknames
  • The Metropolitans, The Amazin's, The Metsies[2] The Miracle Mets[3] (1969), The Amazin Mets[3] (1969), The Bad Guys[4] (1986)
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (2)
NL Pennants (5)
East Division titles (6)
Wild card berths (3)
Front office
Owner(s)Fred Wilpon (52%)
Several others (48%)
ManagerMickey Callaway
General ManagerBrodie Van Wagenen
President of Baseball OperationsSaul Katz

Franchise history

William Shea
William Shea was instrumental in returning National League baseball to New York City after five years of absence.

After the 1957 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants relocated from New York to California to become the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, respectively, leaving the largest city in the United States with no National League franchise and only one major league team, the New York Yankees of the American League (AL). With the threat of a New York team joining a new third league, the National League expanded by adding the New York Mets following a proposal from William Shea. In a symbolic reference to New York's earlier National League teams, the new team took as its primary colors the blue of the Dodgers and the orange of the Giants, colors also featured on the Flag of New York City. The nickname "Mets" was adopted: it was a natural shorthand to the club's corporate name, "The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.",[9] hearkened back to the "Metropolitans" (a former New York team in the American Association from 1880 to 1887),[1] and its brevity was advantageous for newspaper headlines.[10]

Shea stadium
Shea Stadium was the Mets' home field from 1964 to 2008.

For the first two years of its existence, the team played its home games at the historic Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan. In 1964, they moved into newly constructed Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, where the Mets played until the 2008 season. In 2009, the club moved into Citi Field, adjacent to the former Shea Stadium site.

During their history, the Mets have won two World Series titles (1969 and 1986), five National League pennants (1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2015) and six National League East titles (1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2006, 2015). The Mets also qualified for the postseason as the National League wild card team in 1999, 2000, and 2016. The Mets have appeared in five World Series, more than any other expansion team in MLB history. Their two championships are the most titles among expansion teams, equal to the tallies of the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, and Kansas City Royals.[11]

The Mets held the New York baseball single-season attendance record for 29 years. They broke the Yankees' 1948 record by drawing nearly 2.7 million spectators in 1970. The Mets broke their own record five times before the record was regained by the Yankees in 1999.[12][13]

Tom Seaver at Shea Stadium 1974 CROP
Tom Seaver led the Mets to victory in the 1969 World Series.

The 1962 Mets posted a 40–120 record, a record for the most losses in a season since 1899. In 1966, the Mets famously bypassed future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson in the amateur draft, instead selecting Steve Chilcott, who never played in the majors. But the following year, they acquired future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in a lottery. Seaver helped the 1969 "Miracle Mets" win the new National League East division title, then defeat the Atlanta Braves to win the National League pennant and the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles to win the 1969 World Series.

In 1973, the Mets rallied from 5th place to win the division, despite a record of only 82–79. They shocked the heavily favored Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine" in the NLCS and pushed the defending World Series champion Oakland Athletics to a seventh game, but lost the series. Notably, 1973 was the only NL East title between 1970 and 1980 that wasn't won by either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Pittsburgh Pirates.[14][15]

Star pitcher Tom Seaver was traded in 1977, on a day remembered as "the Midnight Massacre",[16] and the Mets fell into last place for several years. The franchise turned around in the mid-1980s. During this time the Mets also drafted slugger Darryl Strawberry (#1 in 1980) and 1985 Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden (#5 in 1982). In addition, former National League MVP and perennial Gold Glove winner Keith Hernandez was obtained by the Mets in 1983.

In 1985, they acquired Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter from the Montreal Expos and won 98 games, but narrowly missed the playoffs. In 1986, they won the division with a record of 108–54, one of the best in National League history. They won a dramatic NLCS in six games over the Houston Astros. The sixth game of the series went sixteen innings, the longest playoff game in history until 2005. They came within one strike of losing the World Series against the Boston Red Sox before a series of hits and defensive miscues ultimately led to an error by Boston's Bill Buckner which gave the Mets a game 6 victory. They then won Game 7 to win their second World Series title.

Mike Piazza spring of 2004
Mike Piazza playing for the Mets in 2004.

The Mets continued playing well after 1986 and won the division in 1988, but were eliminated from the playoffs that year and declined into the 1990s. They were out of contention until the 1997 season when they were in wild card contention until the final week of the season. In 1998, the Mets acquired catcher Mike Piazza in a blockbuster trade and missed the postseason by only one game. In 1999, they made the playoffs after a one-game playoff but lost the 1999 National League Championship Series to the Atlanta Braves. In 2000, they easily clinched a wild card spot in the playoffs, and earned a trip to the 2000 World Series against their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees for a "Subway Series". The Mets were defeated by the Yankees in five games.

The Mets had a near playoff miss in 2001 and struggled from 2002 to 2004. In the aftermath of the 2004 season, the Mets hired a new general manager, Omar Minaya, who immediately turned the franchise around by signing pitcher Pedro Martínez and hiring a new manager, Willie Randolph. The Mets finished 2005 four games over .500, and the franchise's resurgence was complete by 2006 as they won 97 games and the NL East title behind new acquisitions Carlos Beltrán and Carlos Delgado, as well as young superstars José Reyes and David Wright. The Mets advanced to game seven of the 2006 NLCS but lost after Yadier Molina's game-winning two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Adam Wainwright struck out Beltran looking with a devastating curveball.

In 2007, the Mets entered the final 17 games in the season with a seven-game lead in the division. But the team went on an ill-timed losing streak, losing 11 of the next 15 games and needing to win their final two games to make the playoffs. The Mets won their penultimate game, but on the final day of the season, Tom Glavine gave up seven runs in the first inning en route to an 8–1 loss that eliminated the team from contention. The Philadelphia Phillies won the division by one game after a win on the season's last day.

David Wright warmup 2
David Wright was the most recent Mets captain before retiring in 2018.

The Mets held a more modest 3.5-game lead after 145 games of the 2008 season, their final season at Shea Stadium. While their 7–10 mark down the stretch was better than the previous season's 5–12, it still allowed the Phillies to pass them once again for the division crown, which they lost by three games. The Mets opened Citi Field in 2009, but were not a factor due to a rash of injuries to numerous key players including Reyes, Carlos Beltrán, Carlos Delgado, Óliver Pérez and Liván Hernández. The effect of the injuries plummeted the Mets to a 70–92 record. The Mets improved to a 79–83 in 2010, but still finished in fourth place, missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

After the 2010 season, the Mets fired Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel. Former Oakland Athletics G.M. and MLB executive Sandy Alderson was hired to run the team, who hired Terry Collins as manager.

In 2012, Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz settled a lawsuit brought against them on behalf of the victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme for $162 million. As a result of this agreement the liquidator, Irving Picard, agreed to drop the charges that Wilpon and Katz blindly went along with the scheme for their personal benefit. Picard had originally sought to recover $1 billion from the Wilpon family and Katz, but settled for $162 million along with the admission that neither the Wilpons nor Katz had any knowledge of the Ponzi scheme. In 2011–2012, Mets ownership sold twelve minority 4% shares (48%) of the franchise at $20 million apiece to provide a cash infusion of $240 million for the team.[17]

Despite yet another losing season, the Mets made history in 2011 when closer Jason Isringhausen converted his 300th save with the team, the third player in franchise history to reach the milestone while with the organization (after John Franco and Billy Wagner). Also, Reyes became the first Met in franchise history to win a National League batting title, posting a .337 batting average. In 2012, as the Mets tried to bounce back from three consecutive losing seasons, they lost star shortstop Reyes to free agency, when he signed with the Miami Marlins. The team started out strong, getting a career-year performance from the league's only knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey, and strong production from Wright. But they faltered midseason and ended with a 74–88 record, again finishing fourth in the division.

Johan Santana on May 5, 2012
Johan Santana threw the only no-hitter in Mets history in 2012.

Prior to the 2012 season the Mets had yet to throw a no-hitter, and the franchise's hurlers had gone 8,019[18] games without pitching one – longer than any other major-league franchise. They were one of only two major-league teams to never have a pitcher throw a no-hitter (the other being the San Diego Padres). However, on June 1, 2012 Johan Santana pitched a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. Averting the spotlight from Carlos Beltrán's return to Citi Field, Santana turned a routine game into a memorable moment in Mets history. Santana risked being removed from the game after he went over his limit of 110 pitches, placed by the team because of his shoulder surgery. Still Santana stayed in the game and threw 134 total pitches that evening in an 8–0 Mets victory, helped by a few great defensive plays as well as a controversial foul-ball call (coincidentally on Beltran), to pull off the first no-hitter in Mets history.[19] That was the high point of 2012 along with pitcher R.A. Dickey winning the National League Cy Young Award. This would be Dickey's final season as a Mets though as he along with Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for prospects Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Wuilmer Becerra, and veteran catcher John Buck. The 2013 season brought another 74–88 finish but they were able to finish in 3rd place. The highlight of the season was sweeping the season series between their cross town rivals Yankees, a first since interleague play started in 1997.

Prior to the start of the 2014 season the Mets made a big splash in the free agent market by signing former New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson to a 4-year $60 million contract. They also signed former Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colón to a 2-year deal to help offset losing ace pitcher Matt Harvey for the year after he required Tommy John surgery. They would improve to 79–83 and finish the season tied for 2nd place with Atlanta but it was their 6th consecutive season where they finished under .500. Pitcher Jacob deGrom would win the National League Rookie of the Year.[20]

On April 23, 2015 the Mets tied a franchise season record of eleven straight wins. For the first time in its history the Mets won ten straight homestand games, becoming the 7th team since 1900 to win at least 10 straight homestand games.[21] On September 26, 2015, the Mets clinched the NL East division title, and thus their first postseason berth since 2006, by defeating the Cincinnati Reds 10–2. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, three games to two, and swept the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS for their first pennant in 15 years. In the 2015 World Series, they were defeated by the Kansas City Royals in five games. After the season ended, pitcher Matt Harvey won the NL Comeback Player of the Year award. Outfielder Yoenis Céspedes won the NL Gold Glove award as a left fielder.

Theme song

"Meet the Mets" is the Mets' signature song, written in 1961, one year before the first season, by Bill Katz and Ruth Roberts. It is played on the radio, during television broadcasts and at Mets' home games.[22]

Mascot

Mr. Met is the official mascot of the New York Mets. He was introduced on the cover of game programs in 1963, when the Mets were still playing at the Polo Grounds in northern Manhattan.[23] When the Mets moved to Shea Stadium in 1964, fans were introduced to a live costumed version.[23] Mr. Met is believed to have been the first mascot in Major League Baseball to exist in human (as opposed to artistically rendered) form.[23]

Mrs. Met (formerly Lady Met) is the female counterpart to Mr. Met, and the couple sometimes appears with 2–3 smaller "children".[24]

Uniform and logo symbolism

Jerry Koosman 2008-09-28
Jerry Koosman wearing his late-1960s' era Mets jersey, which served as an inspiration for the 2012–13 Mets pinstriped uniform.

The Mets' colors are blue and orange, originally chosen to honor the city's history of National League baseball; blue for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and orange for the New York Giants. Blue and orange are also the colors of New York City, as seen on its flag.[1]

In 1998, black was officially added to the color scheme, although beginning with 2012 the black elements in the uniform began to be phased out, and were completely eliminated in 2013.

The primary logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gotto, consists of "Mets" written in orange script trimmed in white across a blue representation of the New York City skyline with a white suspension bridge in the foreground, all contained in an orange circle with orange baseball stitching across the image. Each part of the skyline has special meaning—at the left is a church spire, symbolic of Brooklyn, the borough of churches; the second building from the left is the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn at the time of the team's founding; next is the Woolworth Building; after a general skyline view of midtown comes the Empire State Building; at the far right is the United Nations Building. The suspension bridge in the center symbolizes that the Mets, by bringing National League baseball back to New York, represent all five boroughs; many of New York's major bridges are suspension designs.[1] in 1999, the logo received a slight alteration. A small "NY" originally placed to the left of the team script was removed. No other notable changes have ever been made to the logo.

The cap logo consists of an interlocking "NY" identical to the logo used by the New York Giants in their final years, and is on a blue cap reminiscent of the caps worn by the Brooklyn Dodgers.

With the introduction of black as an official color, an alternate team logo was created in 1999. It is identical to the original logo, but the skyline is black instead of blue and the "Mets" script is blue trimmed in orange and white instead of orange trimmed in white (the alternate black jerseys displayed the primary blue and orange logo on the left sleeves in 1998; in 1999 this was changed to the alternate black and blue logo). The logo fell into disuse after the Mets dropped the alternate black jerseys and caps in 2012.

Uniform color and design

Currently, the Mets wear an assortment of uniforms.

The home uniforms are white with blue pinstripes, and feature the "Mets" script and block lettering and numbers in blue with orange outline. The uniforms are paired with a standard blue cap featuring the "NY" script in orange, plus blue undersleeves, belts and socks. The white pinstriped uniforms replaced both the cream pinstriped uniform and the alternate white uniform starting with the 2015 season.

The gray road jerseys feature a radially-arched "NEW YORK" script in Tiffany style, player numerals and names in blue outlined in orange, and blue placket and sleeve piping. Like the home uniforms, the road grays are worn with blue caps, undersleeves, belts and socks.

On November 14, 2012, the Mets introduced two new blue alternate jerseys. The home alternate features the "Mets" script, player numerals and names in orange outlined in white, while the road alternate feature the "NEW YORK" script, player numerals and names in gray outlined in orange.[25]

On December 10, 2012, the Mets unveiled an alternate blue fielding cap, featuring an orange brim and a white trim around the orange "NY" insignia.[26] Currently it is only worn in games featuring the home blue alternates. For 2015, another alternate blue cap, this time featuring the "NY" in gray outlined in orange, was introduced, and is paired with the road blue alternates. In 2017, the alternate home blue cap was modified to feature a blue brim.

For the 2014 season, a Mr. Met sleeve patch was added to the blue alternate jerseys,[27] a feature that was later removed in favor of the primary logo in 2017.

The Mets' standard blue batting helmet, with the "NY" in orange, is currently used regardless of the cap and jersey design they wear. This was in contrast to previous seasons, where they played with alternate batting helmets to match their caps and jerseys.

Players of note

Team captains

Baseball Hall of Famers

John Franco 2008-09-28
John Franco during the final game at Shea Stadium.
New York Mets Hall of Famers
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
New York Mets

Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn
Yogi Berra
Gary Carter

Tom Glavine
Rickey Henderson
Pedro Martínez
Willie Mays

Eddie Murray
Mike Piazza
Nolan Ryan
Tom Seaver

Duke Snider
Warren Spahn
Casey Stengel
Joe Torre

  • Players and managers listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Mets cap insignia.
  • Inducted as an Expo, despite his request that his Hall of Fame plaque show the Mets and Montreal Expos, or just the Mets.[29]
New York Mets Ford C. Frick Award recipients
Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Buck Canel

Tim McCarver

Bob Murphy

Lindsey Nelson

  • Names in bold received the award based primarily on their work as broadcasters for the Mets.

Retired numbers

CaseyStengelMets
Casey
Stengel

Manager

Retired
September 2, 1965
GilHodgesMets
Gil
Hodges
*

1B
Manager
Retired
June 9, 1973
TomSeaverMets
Tom
Seaver
*

P

Retired
July 24, 1988
MikePiazzaMets
Mike
Piazza
*

C

Retired
July 30, 2016
Jackie Robinson's retired number 42
Jackie
Robinson

All MLB

Retired
April 15, 1997
WilliamSheaMets
William A.
Shea

Proponent

Honored
April 8, 2008
RalphKinerPatch
Ralph
Kiner

Broadcaster

Honored
March 31, 2014
Citi Field retired numbers 2018
The Mets' retired numbers at Citi Field, 2018

Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinson's number 42 on April 15, 1997, when the Mets played the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. Butch Huskey wore the number throughout the rest of his Mets career because of a grandfather clause placed on the retired number by MLB.[30] Mo Vaughn also wore 42 during his stint with the Mets, because of the same clause.[30]

On the final opening day at Shea Stadium, April 8, 2008, the Mets unveiled a sign bearing the name "Shea" next to the team's retired numbers honoring William Shea and his contributions to the franchise.[31]

In 2014, a special memorial logo honoring broadcaster Ralph Kiner, depicting a microphone along with his name and the years 1922–2014, was displayed on the left field wall adjacent to, but not as a part of, the Mets' retired numbers, from 2014 to 2016. In the 2016 Mets yearbook, a sidebar in an article on Mike Piazza's upcoming number retirement implies that Kiner has been "retired" a la William A. Shea.[32] This was confirmed when the Mets' retired numbers were moved to the roof facade during the 2016 season to accommodate Mike Piazza's #31; the Kiner logo was placed next to the Shea and Jackie Robinson numbers, no longer separated from the others.

Numbers out of circulation but not retired

  • 8: Not issued since Gary Carter was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003.[33] When the Mets honored Carter, they did not retire number 8, but instead gave him a replica of his Hall of Fame plaque depicting him as a Met instead of an Expo. Desi Relaford was the last Mets player to wear No. 8; Matt Galante, a coach, later wore the number. After Carter's death, the Mets honored him in a ceremony on opening day 2012, where they unveiled the "Kid 8" memorial logo (also worn on the uniform sleeve) on the outfield fence. However, the number 8 is still not officially retired.[34]
  • 17: Since Keith Hernandez's retirement, his number 17 has been worn by numerous players including David Cone, Jeff McKnight, Bret Saberhagen, Luis López, Mike Bordick, Kevin Appier, Dae-Sung Koo, José Lima, David Newhan, and lastly by Fernando Tatís, who played for the Mets from 2008 to 2010. It has not been re-issued to any player or coach since 2010.[35]

Numbers restored to circulation

  • 24: After the retirement of Willie Mays, then-owner Joan Whitney Payson had promised it would not be issued again. The number was given to first baseman-outfielder Kelvin Torve in 1990, by mistake. The number was later issued to Rickey Henderson in 1999–2000 as a player and again in 2007 as a coach.[33][36] The number 24 was brought back into circulation when Robinson Cano (who wore it with the Yankees to honor Jackie Robinson) was traded to the Mets. [37]

Rivalries

Subway Series: New York Yankees

The Mets – New York Yankees rivalry is the latest incarnation of the Subway Series, the competition between New York City's teams, the American League New York Yankees and the National League Mets. Until Interleague play started, the two teams had only met in exhibition games. Since the inception of interleague play the two teams have met every regular season since 1997, and since 1999 they have met six times each season, playing two three-game series, one in each team's ballpark. From the 2013 season however the number of games was reduced to four, two at each ballpark with the Mets winning six of the last eight games in that span. They have made the postseason in the same year four times: 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2015, and faced off in the 2000 World Series.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves–Mets rivalry is a rivalry between two teams in the National League East, featuring the Atlanta Braves and the Mets.[38]

Although their first major confrontation occurred when the Mets swept the Braves in the 1969 NLCS, en route to their first World Series championship, the first playoff series won by an expansion team (also the first playoff appearance by an expansion team), the rivalry did not become especially heated until the 1990s, when division realignment put the Mets and the Braves in the same division.[39][40] The two teams faced each other again in the 1999 NLCS, and the Braves won the series four games to two. However, they would go on to lose to the Yankees in the 1999 World Series.

Philadelphia Phillies

The rivalry between the Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies from 2006 to 2008 was said to be among the "hottest" rivalries in the National League.[41][42]

Aside from several brawls in the 1980s, the rivalry remained low-key before the 2006 season,[43] as the teams had seldom been equally good at the same time. Since 2006, the teams have battled for playoff position. The Mets won the division in 2006 and contended in 2007 and 2008, while the Phillies won five consecutive division titles from 2007 to 2011.[44] The Phillies' 2007 Eastern Division Title was won on the last day of the season as the Mets lost a seven-game lead with 17 games remaining while losing 12 of 18 games that season to the Phillies, including being swept at home in the first 3 games of the remaining 17, dropping their lead from 7 games to 3.5.

Staff

New York Mets staff
Office of the Chairman

Front Office

  • Executive Vice President & General Manager - Brodie Van Wagenen
  • Senior Vice President, Senior Strategy Officer - John Ricco
  • Vice President, Assistant General Manager, Scouting & Player Development - Allard Baird
  • Assistant General Manager of Systematic Development - Adam Guttridge
  • Special Assistant to the General Manager - Omar Minaya
  • Special Assistant to the General Manager - Terry Collins

Coordinators

  • Director of Player Development - Kevin Morgan
  • Director, Minor League Operations - Ian Levin
  • Coordinator, Minor League & International Operations - Jen Wolf
  • International Field Coordinator - Rafael Landestoy
  • Hitting Coordinator - Lamar Johnson
  • Short-Season Hitting Coordinator - Ryan Ellis
  • Pitching Coordinator - Ron Romanick
  • Short-Season Pitching Coordinator - Miguel Valdes
  • Catching Coordinator - Bob Natal
  • Outfield Coordinator - Benny Distefano
  • Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator - Phil Regan
  • Medical Coordinator - Mike Herbst
  • Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Coordinator - David Pearson
  • Strength & Conditioning Coordinator - Jason Craig
  • Mental Skills Coordinator - Dr. Derik Anderson
  • Senior Advisor - Guy Conti
  • Special Instructor - Bobby Floyd
  • Special Catching Instructor - Ozzie Virgil, Sr.
  • Pitching Consultant - Al Jackson
  • Director, Latin America Operations - Juan Henderson

Current roster

New York Mets roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

25 active, 15 inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 10-day injured list
dagger Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated April 17, 2019
TransactionsDepth chart

All MLB rosters

New York Mets Foundation

A registered 501(c)(3) charity, the New York Mets Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the New York Mets. Founded in 1963, it funds and promotes charitable causes in the Mets community. One of these causes is Tuesday's Children, is a non-profit family service organization that "has made a long term commitment to meet the needs of every family who lost a loved one in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001".[45] The Mets host the annual Welcome Home Dinner, which raised over $550,000 for the Mets Foundation in 2012. All proceeds were distributed to Katz Institute for Women's Health and Katz Women's Hospitals of North Shore-LIJ Health System and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

New York Mets broadcasters

Television

Most Mets games are carried by SportsNet New York (SNY), a joint venture of the Mets and NBC Sports Regional Networks. The team's terrestrial broadcast home is WPIX, where the team has broadcast games since 1999.

Longtime Mets radio announcer Gary Cohen does the play-by-play, having moved to television with the launch of SNY in 2006. Former Mets Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling are the color commentators with Steve Gelbs being the on the field reporter.

In early January 2016, Keith Hernandez re-signed with SNY. Reports indicate that Hernandez received a raise and three-year contract.[46]

Radio

Beginning in 2019, Mets games are broadcast on WCBS-AM 880.[47] Howie Rose is the main play-by-play announcer; Josh Lewin, his broadcast partner since 2012, will not return.[48] Wayne Randazzo, who previously hosted the pre- and post-game shows, will replace Lewin; longtime Mets beat reporter Ed Coleman will take over the pre- and post-game role for most games.[49]

The Mets' previous radio flagship was WOR-AM[50], from 2014-2018.[51] The Mets were previously carried by WFAN-AM, which inherited the team's broadcast rights from WHN when it took over its frequency in 1987, and in later years by WFAN-FM which simulcasts the AM signal.

Spanish-language broadcasts are carried by WEPN-AM 1050, ESPN Deportes Nueva York, featuring Juan Alicea and Max Perez-Jimenez.[52]

Rose, who has spent much of his career covering the Mets, replaced Bob Murphy as Gary Cohen's broadcast partner in 2004 following Murphy's retirement. Cohen then left the radio booth for the SNY television booth in 2006 and was replaced by Tom McCarthy, who departed after two seasons and was replaced by Wayne Hagin. Lewin joined the broadcast after the team parted ways with Hagin following the 2011 season.

Coinciding with the move to WCBS, the Mets, abruptly and without public announcement (other than a brief e-mail to its affiliates days before the season began), stopped syndicating its games to other stations outside the New York City area, shutting down the New York Mets Radio Network.[53][54]

Minor league affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Syracuse Mets International League Syracuse, New York
AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies Eastern League Binghamton, New York
Advanced A St. Lucie Mets Florida State League Port St. Lucie, Florida
A Columbia Fireflies South Atlantic League Columbia, South Carolina
Short Season A Brooklyn Cyclones New York–Penn League Brooklyn, New York
Rookie Kingsport Mets Appalachian League Kingsport, Tennessee
GCL Mets Gulf Coast League Port St. Lucie, Florida
DSL Mets 1 Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
DSL Mets 2 Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mets Franchise Timeline: 1960s". Mets.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Golenbock, Peter, ed. (2002). "Amazin': The Miraculous History of New York's Most Beloved Baseball Team". p. 108. ISBN 0312309929. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Blum, Ronald, ed. (October 22, 2015). "Mets' return to World Series evokes legends of star-studded teams from the past". Washington Post. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  4. ^ Worth, Richard, ed. (2013). "Baseball Team Names: A Worldwide Dictionary, 1869–2011". pp. 201–208, 361, 368. ISBN 9780786468447. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Greatest Upsets In Sports History". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  6. ^ MLB – 2000World Series
  7. ^ Lupica, Mike, ed. (September 28, 2008). "It's hard to believe Mets collapse again". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  8. ^ "New York Mets Team History & Encyclopedia". Baseball Info Solutions. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  9. ^ "The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc". Bloomberg LP. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  10. ^ Effrat, Louis (May 9, 1961). "New National League Team Here Approves Mets as Its Official Nickname". New York Times. p. 48.
  11. ^ Dodd, Mike (April 11, 2011). "MLB expansion effects still felt 50 years later around the leagues". USA Today. Retrieved March 6, 2015. Despite a record 120 losses in their debut season, the New York Mets can make a case as the most successful expansion franchise, with four pennants and two World Series titles. None of the others has more than two league titles, though the Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins each won two world championships in significantly fewer years.
  12. ^ "New York Mets attendance". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  13. ^ "New York Yankees attendance". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  14. ^ Von Benko, George (July 7, 2005). "Notes: Phils–Pirates rivalry fading". Philadelphia Phillies. MLB. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2011. From 1974–80, the Phillies and Pirates won all seven National League East titles (Phillies four, Pirates three).
  15. ^ "Pirates perform rare three-peat feat 4–2". USA Today. September 28, 1992. p. 5C. The Pirates...won three (NL East titles) in a row from 1970–72.
  16. ^ Madden, Bill (June 17, 2007). "The true story of The Midnight Masscare". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on October 9, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  17. ^ "New York Mets settle with Madoff trustee for $162 million – ESPN New York". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  18. ^ "Johan Santana tosses no-hitter". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  19. ^ "Santana pitches first no-hitter in Mets' history". CBS News. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  20. ^ "2014 MLB Rookie of the Year – Jacob deGrom of New York Mets named NL winner". ESPN.com. November 11, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  21. ^ Pelzman, JP. Mets equal franchise record with 11th straight victory. The Record April 23, 2015 http://www.northjersey.com/sports/mets-equal-franchise-record-with-11th-straight-victory-1.1316609 Accessed April 29, 2015
  22. ^ Keepnews, Peter (July 4, 2011). >+Sports)&seid=auto&smid=tw-nytimessports "Ruth Roberts, 'Meet the Mets' Songwriter, Dies at 84". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011
  23. ^ a b c McGuire, Stephen; Liz Goff (April 25, 2002). "He's In The Army Now: The Life And Times Of Mr. Met". Queens Tribune. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2009
  24. ^ Chandler, Rick, ed. (July 5, 2013). "Mrs. Met Is Back, And Apparently She's Into Some Pretty Kinky Stuff". Sports Grid. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  25. ^ "NY Mets Show Off Two New Blue Alternate Jerseys | Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net News and Blog : New Logos and New Uniforms news, photos, and rumours". News.sportslogos.net. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  26. ^ "New York Mets Unveil New Alt Cap at Press Conference | Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net News and Blog : New Logos and New Uniforms news, photos, and rumours". News.sportslogos.net. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  27. ^ Chris Creamer (December 20, 2013). "Mr. Met added to New York Mets 2014 Uniforms". News.sportslogos.net. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  28. ^ a b c d DiComo, Anthony, ed. (March 21, 2013). "Wright appointed fourth captain in Mets history". MLB. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  29. ^ Dubow, Josh (January 16, 2003). "Carter to go into Hall of Fame with Expos hat". USA Today. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011
  30. ^ a b Smith, Claire (April 16, 1997). "A Grand Tribute to Robinson and His Moment". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  31. ^ DiComo, Anthony (April 3, 2008). "Shea family to be honored at home". New York Mets. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  32. ^ 2016 New York Mets Yearbook, page 62,
  33. ^ a b "Mets by the Numbers".
  34. ^ "Mets honor Carter's Memory". ESPN.
  35. ^ Vaccaro, Mike (January 25, 2016). "The next four numbers Mets must retire after Piazza". New York Post. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  36. ^ Noble, Marty (April 17, 2015). "Mets starting to form 2015 identity". MLB.com. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  37. ^ DiComo, Anthony (December 4, 2018). "New Mets Cano, Diaz introduced at Citi Field". MLB.com. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  38. ^ Olson, Lisa (July 8, 2003). "Crazy scene at Shea takes luster off Mets-Braves rivalry". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  39. ^ Bodley, Hal (September 16, 1993). "Pirates OK new realignment". USA Today. p. 1C. The Pirates will switch from the East next season. They opposed the move last week when realignment was approved, but agreed to allow Atlanta to move to the East.
  40. ^ Chass, Murray (September 16, 1993). "Pirates Relent on New Alignment". New York Times. p. B14.
  41. ^ Bondy, Filip (April 11, 2008). "Mets-Phillies rivalry looking like what Mets-Braves used to be". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 22 March 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
  42. ^ Westcott, Rich (2010). Philadelphia Phillies Past & Present. MVP Books. p. 10. ISBN 9780760337844. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  43. ^ Bondy, Filip (May 24, 2006). "Despite long game, rivalry long way off". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 23 July 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2010.
  44. ^ Radano, Mike (September 17, 2011). "High Phive: Phils clinch fifth straight East title". Philadelphia Phillies. MLB. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  45. ^ Brown, Phil. "Mets, Who We Are".
  46. ^ "Keith Hernandez to return to SNY". SNY. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  47. ^ Entercom Communications (September 17, 2018), WCBS 880 To Be Mets' New Flagship Radio Home, WFAN Sports Radio, retrieved January 2, 2019
  48. ^ Wayne Randazzo Likely Headed to Mets' Radio Booth, BSM Sports Media, December 4, 2018, retrieved January 1, 2019
  49. ^ Marchand, Andrew (January 2, 2019), The new Mets booth will start on a short leash, New York Post, retrieved January 2, 2019
  50. ^ The Mets Find New Home at WOR
  51. ^ Everett, Seth (September 18, 2018), New York Mets Move Radio Broadcasts To WCBS/Entercom, Forbes, retrieved January 1, 2019
  52. ^ Mets Radio & TV Coverage, New York Mets, retrieved January 2, 2019
  53. ^ Mets abandon upstate radio network for 2019 season from the Times-Union of Albany, NY; April 1, 2019
  54. ^ New York Mets radio blackout a ‘middle finger’ to CNY fans, CEO says, from The Post-Standard of Syracuse, NY (April 1, 2019)

External links

1961 Major League Baseball expansion draft

The 1961 MLB Expansion Draft was held by Major League Baseball on October 10, 1961, to fill the rosters of the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45s. The Mets and the Colt .45s (later renamed the Astros) were the new franchises which would enter the league in the 1962 season. The pool of players out of which they could select was limited to the existing National League ballclubs.Due to the poor performance of the Mets and Colt .45s after two seasons, another draft was held for the teams. The other existing National League clubs made four players from their 40-man roster available at $30,000 apiece. Only eight players could be selected between the two clubs.

1962 New York Mets season

The 1962 New York Mets season was the first regular season for the Mets, as the National League returned to New York City for the first time since 1957. They went 40–120 (.250) and finished tenth and last in the National League, ​60 1⁄2 games behind the NL Champion San Francisco Giants, who once called New York home. The Mets were the latest team to be 60+ games behind in a division before the 2018 Baltimore Orioles finished 61 games behind the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. The Mets' 120 losses are the most by any MLB team in one season since the 1899 Cleveland Spiders (20–134, .130). Since then, the 2003 Detroit Tigers and 2018 Orioles have come the closest to matching this mark, at 43–119 (.265), and 47-115 (.290), respectively. The Mets' starting pitchers also recorded a new major league low of just 23 wins all season.The team lost its first game 11–4 to the St. Louis Cardinals on April 11, and went on to lose its first nine games. Having repaired their record to 12–19 on May 20 after sweeping a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Braves, the Mets lost their next 17 games. They also lost 11 straight from July 15 to July 26, and 13 straight from August 9 to August 21. Their longest winning streak of the season was three.The Mets were managed by Casey Stengel and played their home games at the Polo Grounds, which was their temporary home while Shea Stadium was being built in Queens. They remain infamous for their ineptitude and were one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball history. Their team batting average, team earned run average (ERA), and team fielding percentage were all the worst in the major leagues that season.Despite the team's terrible performance, fans came out in droves. Their season attendance of 922,530 was good enough for 6th in the National League that year.

The season was chronicled in Jimmy Breslin's humorous best-selling book Can't Anybody Here Play This Game? The title came from a remark made by manager Casey Stengel expressing his frustration over the team's poor play.

1973 World Series

The 1973 World Series matched the defending champions Oakland Athletics against the New York Mets; the A's won in seven games for their second of three consecutive World Series titles.

The Mets won the National League East division by 1½ games over the St. Louis Cardinals, then defeated the Cincinnati Reds, three games to two, in the National League Championship Series. The Athletics won the American League West division by six games over the Kansas City Royals, then defeated the Baltimore Orioles, three games to two, in the American League Championship Series.

This was the first World Series in which all weekday games started at night. The three weekday games the previous year were scheduled to be played at night, but a postponement of Game 3 eliminated the scheduled off day between Games 5 and 6, and Major League Baseball moved Game 5 on Friday to an afternoon start to allow the teams more travel time for the day game on Saturday.

This was the last World Series in which each team produced and sold its own game programs for its home games. Starting in 1974, Major League Baseball printed an official World Series program that was sold in both stadiums.

This was the third consecutive World Series, all seven games, in which the winning team scored fewer runs overall. The trend continued for the next seven-game series in 1975.

1998 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1998 season was the 37th regular season for the Mets. Like the previous season, they finished the season with a record of 88–74. Despite placing 2nd in the National League East, the Mets fell one game short of playoff contention following a catastrophic collapse during the final week of the season. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

2000 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2000 season was the 39th regular season for the Mets. They went 94-68 and finished 2nd in the NL East, but earned the NL Wild Card. They made it to the World Series where they were defeated by their crosstown rival the New York Yankees. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

2000 World Series

The 2000 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2000 season. The 96th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between crosstown opponents, the two-time defending World Series champions and American League (AL) champion New York Yankees and the National League (NL) champion New York Mets. The Yankees defeated the Mets, four games to one, to win their third consecutive championship and 26th overall. The series was often referred to as the "Subway Series", referring to the longstanding matchup between New York baseball teams; it was the first World Series contested between two New York teams since the 1956 World Series. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.

The Yankees advanced to the World Series by defeating the Oakland Athletics, three games to two, in the AL Division Series, and then the Seattle Mariners, four games to two, in the AL Championship Series; it was the third consecutive season the Yankees had reached the World Series, the fourth time in the past five years, and the 37th overall, making it the most of any team in MLB. The Mets advanced to the World Series by defeating the San Francisco Giants, three games to one, in the NL Division Series, and then the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to one, in the NL Championship Series; it was the team's fourth World Series appearance, making it the most of any expansion franchise in MLB and the Mets' first appearance since winning the 1986 World Series.

The Yankees were the first team in baseball to win three consecutive championships since the 1972–1974 Oakland Athletics, and the first professional sports team to accomplish the feat since the 1996–1998 Chicago Bulls.

2005 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2005 season was the 44th regular season for the Mets. They went 83-79 and finished 3rd in the NL East. They were managed by Willie Randolph. They played home games at Shea Stadium. The 2005 season is also noteworthy for being Mike Piazza's last season as a Met. In the last game of the season, he was given a long standing ovation from the fans at Shea Stadium.

2006 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2006 season was the 45th regular season for the Mets. They went 97-65 and won the NL East, a feat the team would not repeat until 2015. They were managed by Willie Randolph. They played home games at Shea Stadium. They used the marketing slogan of "The Team. The Time. The Mets." throughout the season.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are an American minor league baseball team based in Binghamton, New York. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club. The Rumble Ponies play in NYSEG Stadium, located in Binghamton.

Bobby Valentine

Robert John Valentine (born May 13, 1950), nicknamed "Bobby V", is a former American professional baseball player and manager. He is currently the athletic director at Sacred Heart University. Valentine played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969, 1971–72), California Angels (1973–75), New York Mets (1977–78), and Seattle Mariners (1979) in MLB. He managed the Texas Rangers (1985–92), the New York Mets (1996–2002), and the Boston Red Sox (2012) of MLB, as well as the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball (1995, 2004–09).

Valentine has also served as the Director of Public Safety & Health for the city of Stamford, Connecticut and an analyst for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. In February 2013, CBSSports.com hired Valentine to represent its Fantasy Sports business, including running a viral marketing campaign in which he made fun of the many times he was fired in his career and gave fans a chance to "Hire or Fire Bobby V" one more time.

Bud Harrelson

Derrel McKinley "Bud" Harrelson (born June 6, 1944) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. He is a coach and part-owner for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He played for the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers from 1965 to 1980. After retiring, he served as a coach for the World Champion 1986 Mets, and as manager of the Mets in 1990 and 1991. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1986. Harrelson is the only person to take part in both of the Mets' World Series championships; he won in 1969 as a player and in 1986 as a coach.

List of New York Mets broadcasters

Current broadcasters

Television: SportsNet New York (SNY) or WPIX channel 11

Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez, Steve Gelbs

Radio: WCBS 880 AM (English)

Howie Rose, Wayne Randazzo, Ed Coleman, Brad Keller

Radio: WEPN 1050 AM (Spanish)

Juan Alicea, Max Perez Jimenez, Nestor Rosario

List of New York Mets managers

The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in New York City, New York in the bourough of Queens. They play in the National League East division. In the history of the Mets there has been 21 managers. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. Of those managers, only Joe Torre who was a player-manager (a manager who also plays for the team); Yogi Berra did however play four games while he was a coach in 1965.The Mets posted their franchise record for losses in their inaugural season in the league, with 120 losses in 160 games in 1962. This was the first of seven consecutive losing seasons, a season in which the winning percentage was below .500, and the most losses by a post-1900 MLB team. During this stretch from 1962 to 1968, the Mets employed four managers. Five managers have taken the Mets to the postseason; Davey Johnson, Bobby Valentine and Terry Collins have led the team to two playoff appearances each. Johnson and Gil Hodges are the only Mets managers to win a World Series: Hodges in 1969 against the Baltimore Orioles; and Johnson in 1986 against the Boston Red Sox. Terry Collins is the longest-tenured manager in franchise history, with 1,134 games of service over 7 seasons.The manager with the most wins and highest winning percentage over a full season or more is Johnson; his 595–417 record gives him a .588 winning percentage. Conversely, the worst winning percentage over a full season or more in franchise history is .302 by inaugural manager Casey Stengel, who posted a 175–404 record from 1962 to 1965.

List of New York Mets owners and executives

The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Queens, in New York City, New York. They play in the National League East division. In the team's history (1962-), the Mets have employed 12 general managers (GMs). The GM controls player transactions, hiring and firing of the coaching staff, and negotiates with players and agents regarding contracts. The longest-tenured GM is Frank Cashen, who held the position for 11 years (1980–1990).

List of New York Mets seasons

The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in Flushing, Queens, New York City. They compete in the East Division of Major League Baseball's (MLB) National League (NL). The team's current home stadium is Citi Field, after playing two years at the Polo Grounds and 45 years at Shea Stadium. Since their inception in 1962, the Mets have won two World Series titles and five NL championships. As of the end of the 2018 season, the Mets have won more than 4,300 regular season games, a total that ranks 20th among MLB teams and fourth among expansion teams.The Mets lost 120 games in their inaugural season, the most by a post-1900 MLB team. After six more years in which their best league finish was ninth, the Mets won the World Series in 1969, defeating the Baltimore Orioles in five games to earn what is widely considered one of the biggest upsets in baseball history. Four seasons later, the Mets returned to the World Series, where they lost to the Oakland Athletics in seven games. After winning two NL championships in five years, New York struggled for the next decade, not coming within 10 games of the NL East leader until 1984.

In 1986, the team posted 108 wins, the most in franchise history, and defeated the Houston Astros in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) to advance to the World Series. Trailing three games to two in the series, the Mets were one out from defeat in game six before coming back to win 6–5; they won game seven two days later to earn their second World Series championship. After a second-place finish in 1987, the Mets won the NL East the next year, but lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The Mets' next playoff appearances were their back-to-back wild card-winning seasons of 1999 and 2000; in the latter year, they won their fourth NL championship, but lost to the cross-town New York Yankees in the "Subway Series". The 2006 Mets earned an NL East title, before the St. Louis Cardinals defeated them in the NLCS. In 2007 and 2008, the team was eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the regular season. The Mets won the NL East in 2015, and swept the Chicago Cubs in four games to win the NLCS and advance to the World Series for the first time since 2000; they lost the Series to the Kansas City Royals in five games. In the most recent season, 2018, the Mets finished in fourth place in the NL East and did not qualify for the postseason.

List of New York Mets team records

This is a list of team records for the New York Mets baseball team.

New York Mets minor league players

Below are some of the minor-league baseball players in the New York Mets organization.

Pete Alonso

Peter Morgan Alonso (born December 7, 1994), nicknamed "Pete the Polar Bear", is an American professional baseball first baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2019.

Yogi Berra

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American professional baseball catcher, who later took on the roles of manager and coach. He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) (1946–63, 1965), all but the last for the New York Yankees. He was an 18-time All-Star and won 10 World Series championships as a player—more than any other player in MLB history. Berra had a career batting average of .285, while hitting 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only five players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

Berra was a native of St. Louis and signed with the Yankees in 1943 before serving in the United States Navy as a gunner's mate in the Normandy landings during World War II, where he earned a Purple Heart. He made his major-league debut at age 21 in 1946 and was a mainstay in the Yankees' lineup during the team's championship years beginning in 1949 and continuing through 1962. Despite his short stature (he was 5' 7"), Berra was a power hitter and strong defensive catcher. He caught Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

Berra played 18 seasons with the Yankees. He spent the next season as their manager, then joined the New York Mets in 1965 as coach (and briefly a player again). Berra remained with the Mets for the next decade, serving the last four years as their manager. He returned to the Yankees in 1976, coaching them for eight seasons and managing for two, before coaching the Houston Astros. He was one of seven managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. Berra appeared as a player, coach or manager in every one of the 13 World Series that New York baseball teams won from 1947 through 1981. Overall, he appeared in 22 World Series, 13 on the winning side.

The Yankees retired his uniform number 8 in 1972; Bill Dickey had previously worn number 8, and both catchers had that number retired by the Yankees. The club honored him with a plaque in Monument Park in 1988. Berra was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in a vote by fans in 1999. For the remainder of his life, he was closely involved with the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, which he opened on the campus of Montclair State University in 1998.

Berra quit school after the eighth grade. He was known for his malapropisms as well as pithy and paradoxical statements, such as "It ain't over 'til it's over", while speaking to reporters. He once simultaneously denied and confirmed his reputation by stating, "I really didn't say everything I said."

Achievements
Preceded by
Detroit Tigers
1968
World Series champions
New York Mets

1969
Succeeded by
Baltimore Orioles
1970
Preceded by
Kansas City Royals
1985
World Series champions
New York Mets

1986
Succeeded by
Minnesota Twins
1987
Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1967 and 1968
National League champions
New York Mets

1969
Succeeded by
Cincinnati Reds
1970
Preceded by
Cincinnati Reds
1972
National League champions
New York Mets

1973
Succeeded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1974
Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1985
National League champions
New York Mets

1986
Succeeded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1987
Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
1999
National League champions
New York Mets

2000
Succeeded by
Arizona Diamondbacks
2001
Preceded by
San Francisco Giants
2014
National League champions
New York Mets

2015
Succeeded by
Chicago Cubs
2016
New York Mets
Franchise
Ballparks
Culture and lore
Rivalries
Key personnel
World Series
Championships (2)
National League
Pennants (5)
Division titles (6)
Wild Card (3)
Minor league affiliates

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.