Over the past week, we have been going through the best players to wear the different Mets uniform numbers, starting from numbers 0-33, there were two players with retired numbers, two former team captains, and one player who expects their’s to get retired soon. Numbers 34-60 featured the greatest player to ever wear a Mets uniform, as well as a manager whose number is retired and a former team captain.
Mets uniform numbers 61-99 have much fewer options, and some of these numbers have never been worn by any Mets. Without further ado, here are the best Mets to wear numbers 61-99.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #61: Dana Eveland
The 2014 Mets were not a particularly good team. They finished 79-83, which was good enough to tie with the Braves for a very distant second place in the NL East. The one area where this Mets team thrived in though was their bullpen, as many players had strong seasons. Dana Eveland was one of those players, as he had the best year of his career that season. In his lone year in Queens, Eveland pitched to a 2.63 ERA/3.21 FIP with 27 strikeouts and a 1.098 WHIP in 27.1 innings pitched (8.9K/9). For a player with a career 5.46 ERA, Eveland exceeded all expectations in Flushing.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #62: Erik Goeddel
Goeddel spent four seasons with the Mets, and while his production fell off towards the end of his Mets tenure, he still had solid numbers. Overall, Goeddel pitched to a 3.96 ERA/3.98 FIP (101 ERA+) and a 1.204 WHIP while racking up 109 strikeouts in 104.2 innings pitched (9.4 K/9). Goeddel’s best season was in 2015, when he had a 2.43 ERA/2.47 FIP and a 0.990 WHIP in 33.1 innings, helping lead the Mets to an NL Pennant.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #63: Tim Peterson
The Mets have only had three players wear number 63, but all of them had below-average numbers with the team. Tim Peterson looked like he was going to be an effective reliever after he only allowed one earned run in June of 2018. Mickey Callaway began to overuse him though and Peterson finished 2018 with an ugly 6.18 ERA as a result. Peterson had a strong command of his pitches in 2018 though, only issuing five walks in 27.2 innings (1.8 BB/9).
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #64: Elmer Dessens
Elmer Dessens’ peripherals weren’t pretty, but his surface numbers were strong during his two years in Queens. In that stretch, Dessens appeared in 81 games and had a 2.71 ERA and 1.142 WHIP in 79.2 innings pitched. While he didn’t rack up many strikeouts, Dessens’ numbers were pretty strong for a reliever in his late 30s.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #65: Robert Gsellman
Gsellman hasn’t been as good as Mets fans have wanted, but he hasn’t been terrible. Part of his struggles can be attributed to being overused and battling injuries. So far, Gsellman has a 4.67 ERA/4.31 FIP (86 ERA+), a 1.422 WHIP, and 263 strikeouts in 322 innings pitched (7.4 K/9). Gsellman’s best stretch came when he was a rookie when he pitched to a 2.42 ERA in 44.2 innings, helping the Mets reach the postseason for the second straight year. In 2018, Gsellman took over the closer’s role in the second half of the season, racking up 13 saves.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #66: Josh Edgin
Josh Edgin made a living as a lefty specialist in the mid-2010s. He appeared in 177 games for the Mets across five seasons, pitching to a 3.49 ERA/4.05 FIP (110 ERA+) and a 1.279 WHIP with 116 strikeouts in 129 innings pitched (8.1 K/9). Unfortunately, Edgin suffered a few injuries that set him back, and he had to retire before the 2019 season.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #67: Seth Lugo
Seth Lugo has had his ups and downs as a Met, with most of his best work coming as a reliever. He debuted in a similar fashion to Gsellman, putting in a strong effort as a starter and helping the Mets reach the playoffs in 2016. Overall, he has a 3.49 ERA/3.59 FIP (116 ERA+), a 1.148 WHIP, and 384 strikeouts in 383.1 innings (9.0 K/9). As a reliever, Lugo has a 2.53 ERA, a 0.954 WHIP, and 12 saves with 210 strikeouts in 188.2 innings pitched (10.0 K/9). If the Mets want to succeed in 2021, they should keep Lugo in the bullpen as a high-leverage reliever.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #68: Jeff McNeil
McNeil only wore number 68 during his rookie season, but he was very good during that time. After getting called up in July of 2018, McNeil finished the season hitting .329/.381/.471 (138 OPS+) with three homers, 11 doubles, six triples, and 19 RBIs. McNeil also put up 3.0 rWAR and finished eighth in Rookie of the Year voting despite only playing in 63 games.
McNeil has since changed his uniform number to six and was an All-Star in 2019 while playing above-average defense at five different positions. The best has yet to come for McNeil, and fans should be excited to see what he’s going to do in the future.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #70: Wilfredo Tovar
Only three Mets have worn number 70 and all of them had very brief appearances in the majors. None of them have done anything special, which is why Tovar gets the spot simply for appearing in two different seasons for the Mets. He finished his Mets career with three hits in 22 at-bats, all of which were singles. He also had two RBIs and one stolen base.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #71: Gonzalez Germen
Similarly to Tovar, Germen earns his spot on the list because of the three Mets to wear number 71, he is the only one who appeared in multiple seasons in the big leagues. He was decent during his time in Queens, pitching to a 4.31 ERA/4.15 FIP (82 ERA+) with a 1.423 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 64.2 innings pitched (8.9 K/9).
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #72: Carlos Torres
Torres worked mainly as a swingman during his three years with the Mets, and he was pretty effective. He had a 3.59 ERA/3.94 FIP (100 ERA+), a 1.253 WHIP, and 219 strikeouts in 241 innings pitched (8.2 K/9). In 2015, Torres was involved in a very nice play where he covered first base after a ball deflected off him while he was on the mound.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #73: Daniel Zamora
While Zamora’s numbers aren’t very pretty, he was strong when the Mets called him up in 2018. That season, Zamora struck out 16 batters in nine innings, with his slider being his out pitch. Zamora is still in the Mets’ organization, which means there is time for him to turn his career around.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #74: Chris Mazza
I was at Chris Mazza’s MLB debut in June of 2019 when he pitched four solid innings of relief and only allowed one run. He made the majors as a 29-year-old rookie and wasn’t particularly good, pitching to a 5.51 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched. His strength though was that he kept the ball in the yard, as he didn’t allow any homers during the 2019 season, and had a 3.92 FIP as a result.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #75: Francisco Rodriguez
“K-Rod” wasn’t exactly what Mets fans hoped he would be when he signed with the team. He also encountered some off-the-field issues, most notably when he assaulted his girlfriend’s father in 2010. Overall though, his numbers weren’t bad. In his three seasons with the Mets, Rodriguez had a 3.05 ERA/3.29 FIP (129 ERA+), a 1.280 WHIP, and 186 strikeouts in 168 innings (10.5 K/9). Rodriguez also racked up 83 saves and he made the All-Star Game in 2009.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #77: David Peterson
Peterson was the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut in 2020 and was the team’s second-best pitcher behind Jacob deGrom. Peterson went 6-2 with a 3.44 ERA/4.52 FIP (123 ERA+) and a 1.208 WHIP while striking out 40 batters in 49.2 innings (7.2 K9). He looks as if he will be in the Mets’ pitching rotation for the foreseeable future.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #87: Juan Lagares
Surprisingly, no Mets have worn any numbers between 78-86. Lagares is the only Mets player that wore number 87, but he spent most of his career wearing number 12. Lagares actually never recorded a plate appearance wearing a number other than 12, which makes it hard to even put him on this list, but judging his past, he has had some strong defensive years in his career. Lagares won a Gold Glove in 2014 and has put up 82 DRS for his career.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #91: Carlos Gomez
Gomez is the only Met to wear any number between 88-91. He wore 91 during his second stint with the team and he wasn’t all that good during this stint. Gomez only played in 34 games during this stretch, hitting .198/.278/.337 (65 OPS+) with three homers, three doubles, four steals, and 10 RBIs in 99 plate appearances. Gomez had his clutch moments though, specifically when he hit a go-ahead three-run homer against the Nationals that secured a four-game series sweep.
Mets Uniform Numbers –– #99: Turk Wendell
Turk Wendell was a fan-favorite during his time in Flushing. He had some iconic rituals such as jumping over the foul line before and after he pitched, slamming the rosing bag down before he pitched, and brushing his teeth in between innings. He also was very effective for the Mets, appearing in 285 games and pitching to a 3.34 ERA/4.37 FIP (130 ERA+) and a 1.299 WHIP with 259 strikeouts in 312.2 innings (7.5 K/9). Wendell also racked up 10 saves and led the team in appearances in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He also was solid in the postseason, pitching to a 2.84 ERA in 12.2 postseason innings.
Mets Uniform Numbers: Closing Thoughts
Throughout this three-part series, many different types of players are highlighted. Some barely played for the Mets, while some are franchise icons that have their numbers retired. The Mets have an exciting future ahead of them, and it wouldn’t too surprising if some new players eventually make this list.
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