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 fourth greatest Met of all time, Gary Carter.
4. Gary Carter
All Time Mets Stats: 600 Games, .249 Batting Average, 272 Runs Scored, 542 Hits, 73 Doubles, 7 Triples, 89 Home Runs, 349 RBI's, 2 Stolen Bases, .319 On Base Percentage, .412 Slugging Percentage
Analysis: For some players it takes their whole career to have their impact felt by their team. The Mets, however, knew what they were getting when they acquired Carter. In his first season alone, the Kid hit 32 home runs in 1985. However, it wouldn't just be his numbers, but his command over the pitchers to call a game and his leadership in the club house. It would be in only his second season there that they would win not just the NL East by two and a half games but the 1986 World Series as well. Carter would be called in to the Mets Hall of Fame in 2001 and ultimately the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 7, 2003. Unfortunately, he would lose his battle to cancer February 16, 2012. Carter will live on forever in the memories of Mets fans, and it is truly unfortunate that he was taken from this world far too soon.
Check back tomorrow as we reveal the third best player in Mets history as part of our Seven in Seven series!
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