Countdown to Mets Fantasy Camp 5 Days to Go.

January 7, 2015

Every year for the last 3 years as Spring gives way to Fall, Mets season merges into NY Rangers season, I have been able to keep the baseball side of my brain occupied with thoughts of Mets Fantasy Camp. This year more so then ever, in the past I have simply gone down to cover the week long camp as a reporter, this season I am headed down to actually participate as a player. Each year I have tried to find unique ways of counting down the days until camp and sharing them with Mets fans, So this year I will do the countdown by Jersey numbers, When possible I will post my 3 favorite Mets who have worn that number, some numbers are harder then others. 

 

#5

 

#1 

Davey Johnson

6 Winning Seasons, 2 100 plus wins seasons, 3 90 plus seasons, most wins as a Met Manager, Best Winning Percentage of any Mets Manager.Davey brought an attitude to the Mets and while some can argue that by only winning one championship under him that those teams somewhat under achieved, it is also possible that because of the various personalties Davey had on that team, that he is the only reason they even won one championship. 

 

#2

David Wright

Mr. Met! David Wright was the symbol of everything right for the Mets when they needed it most, a home grown product, drafted by the Mets in 2001 3 years later he made his highly anticipated debut . He is a seven-time All-Star which ties him for most of any Mets position players,he has won the Gold Glove 2 times as well as, the Silver Slugger Award twice, and a member of the 30–30 club. He holds Mets franchise records for most career runs batted in (RBIs), doubles, total bases, runs scored, walks, sacrifice flies, times on base, extra base hits, strikeouts, and hits. He rightly took as place in team history when he was named captain of the Mets in 2013, only the fourth in team history, and was given the nickname "Captain America" after his performance for Team USA including a grand slam in the World Baseball Classic.

 

#3

John Olerud 

Talk about highway robbery, how in the world did the Mets get John Olerud for Robert Person? John played first base flawlessly for 3 seasons for the Mets, he hit .315 over those 3 years and averaged over 20 Home runs and 95 rbis a season. if you look up the word consistency in the dictionary a photo of John should appear. His swing was everything  batting instructors teach, both fluid and graceful. He hit to all fields and had tremendous patience at the plate, his high on-base percentage, and his ability to drive in runs made him one of the toughest outs in the game. Could be the most underrated under appreciated Met of all-time.

 

Mets who wore #5

 

Hobie Landrith

 

Joe Pignatano

Norm Sherry

Chris Cannizzaro

Shaun Fitzmaurice

Sandy Alomar

Ed Charles

Joe Foy

Francisco Estrada

Jim Beauchamp

Jim Gosger

Mike Phillips

Steve Henderson

Mike Howard

Davey Johnson

Charlie O'Brien

Jeff McKnight

Jeromy Burnitz

Brook Fordyce

Chris Jones

John Olerud

Mark Johnson

Tsuyoshi Shinjo

Mark Johnson

Tsuyoshi Shinjo

David Wright

 

 

By: Mark Rosenman

WLIE 540 AM SPORTSTALKNY Host and Producer

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