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 topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with the number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list follows last week's biggest blockbusters with the complete opposite: the biggest busts in Met history. We start this week's countdown with Mo Vaughn.
7. Mo Vaughn
All Time Mets Stats: 166 games, .249 batting average, 141 hits, 77 runs scored, 20 doubles, 29 home runs, 87 RBI, .438 slugging, .784 OPS.
Analysis: Although Mo Vaughn put up respectable numbers during his short tenure in Queens, he earns a spot on this list for failing to live up to the monumental expectations placed on him by fans and the organization. When he arrived in 2002, he was expected to provide power in the middle of a revamped lineup and propel the Mets over the hump and win a World Series.
Vaughn started very slow out of the gate in 2002. It became clear that he did not come into camp in shape and Vaughn quickly fell in the crosshairs of sports talk radio and the print media. Vaughn put together one of the worst seasons of his career and the Mets finished in last place, winning only 75 games along the way. Vaughn hoped to rebound with a better 2003 season but that wasn’t the case as his season was cut short after less than a month due to a knee injury. Vaughn would never play another major league game.
Mo Vaughn, along with his companion on this list, Roberto Alomar, has come to embody the filed tenure of Steve Phillips as general manager. His acquisition was questionable considering he missed the entire 2001 season with an injury and his poor play eventually led to Phillips’ firing. Mo Vaughn has become the symbol of the Mets failures during the mid 2000s as the Mets finishedd in last place in both of his seasons in Queens. It took several years for the Mets to recover from those acquisitions as the the team would not make the playoffs again until 2006.
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