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 with the fifth greatest Met of all time, Keith Hernandez.
All Time Mets Stats: 880 Games, .297 Batting Average, 455 Runs Scored, 939 Hits, 159 Doubles, 10 Triples, 80 Home Runs, 468 RBI's, 471 Stolen Bases, .387 On Base Percentage, .429 Slugging Percentage
Analysis: The Mets' poster boy for "party hard; play harder", Keith Hernandez was also named the first captain in team history in 1987. Coming from the St. Louis Cardinals on June 15, 1983, Hernandez initially wanted no part of the Mets. Hernandez, however, fell in love with the big city and re-upped with the Mets in 1984. The youth of the ball club gave Hernandez's career a second wind. It would be on the Mets that he would clean up and prove to his nay sayers that he had juice left in the tank. Keith's play at first was un-near matched, as he would play aggressive, it would be difficult for opposing players to bunt against him. It would be these skills, his hard out bat and come up big at bats that would not only change around the misfortunes of the Mets but also lead them to their first world series championship win since 1969. Looking at his impact on franchise history and the legacy he left behind, hit would be hard to argue that he wasn't just the greatest Mets first baseman of all time, but also one of the greatest Mets of all time.
Check back tomorrow as we reveal the fourth best player in Mets history as part of our Seven in Seven series!
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