Just in time for the holiday season, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of something related to the New York Mets ( i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdown on Sundays with the number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list is a dandy, as we will break down the greatest Mets players of all time. We will continue our countdown today with the second greatest Met of all time, Darryl Strawberry.
All Time Mets Stats: 1109 Games, 3903 At Bats, .263 Batting Average, 1,025 Hits, 187 Doubles, 30 Triples, 252 Home Runs, 733 RBI's, 191 Stolen Bases, .359 On Base Percentage, .520 Slugging Percentage
Analysis: Darryl Strawberry, until David Wright's arrival, was the best position player the Mets ever developed. The Mets hit a home run when they took Strawberry as the top overall pick in the 1980 draft, and Strawberry quickly ascended the minor league ladder to reach Queens in 1983. Strawberry became a fixture in the middle of the Mets lineup, and he was the offensive centerpiece for the 1986 championship team. Strawberry continued to anchor the squad until 1990, when he hit the free agent market. Strawberry departed Queens after receiving an (at the time) lucrative five year, 22.5 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rumors of drug problems played a role in Strawberry's departure from Queens, but Straw made his mark as the franchise's all time home run king with 252. While his record may not stand much longer now that David Wright has re-upped with the Mets for another eight years, Strawberry will still be an important part of Mets history. Strawberry set the bar that all home grown position players have to match, and he has become an off the field spokesperson for the franchise after putting his personal problems behind him.
Check back tomorrow as we reveal the greatest Met of all time to wrap up the first Seven in Seven series!
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