Just in time for the New Year, 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 number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list counts down the seven biggest Met killers to plague our beloved franchise. Today we look at number two on our list, former Phillies third baseman, Mike Schmidt.
2. Mike Schmidt
Stat line against the New York Mets: 268 games, .255 average, .373 on base percentage, 232 hits, 158 runs, 49 homers, 162 RBI,
Legendary Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt did a lot of damage against a lot of teams on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame, belting over 500 homers and driving in over 1500 runs in eighteen big league seasons and few teams know all about these stats as well as the New York Mets. Maybe he was destined to be a Met killer from the start, debuting and collecting his first MLB hit against the Amazin's on September 12, 1972. Schmidt went 1-for-3 that night and would only go on to tally another 2,233 hits over his career, 231 more coming against the Metropolitans.
One of the key players in the Mets-Phillies rivalry throughout the 1980's and into the 1990's, Schmidt managed to steal some glory from the Mets in their 1986 World Series winning season, beating out both Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez in the MVP voting. Even in recent years, Schmidt has gotten under the Mets skin, sending a motivational email to the 2008 Phillies saying;
"One pitch, one at-bat, one play, one situation, think 'small' and 'big' things result, tough at-bats, lots of walks, stay up the middle with men on base, whatever it takes to 'keep the line moving' on offense, 27 outs on defense, the Mets know you're better than they are.
They remember last year. You guys are never out of a game. Welcome the challenge that confronts you this weekend. You are the stars. Good luck. #20"
Those words only helped add to the rivalry that's existed between the Mets and Schmidt, as well as the two organizations and reminded everyone of the second biggest Met killer of all-time. Here he is stealing a Met fans' souvenir while in pursuit of a foul ball.