Who is the face of the New York Mets? For now I still believe that the Captain , David Wright is the face of this team. Two candidates to replace Wright as the face of the Mets are Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Céspedes.
David Wright is a 7 time all star with 2 gold glove awards and 2 silver slugger awards. He made his major league debut on July 21st 2004. He finished his rookie season with 14 homeruns and 40 runs batted in. He was runner up to Jason Bay for the rookie of the year award that season. Wright had his best season in 2008 when he batted .302 with 33 homeruns, 42 doubles and 124 runs batted in. He was voted 7th in the Most Valuable Player Award. The Mets made Wright the fourth team captain in Mets history, joining Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, and John Franco.
David Wrights notable achievements:
- New York Mets career RBI leader
- New York Mets career doubles leader
- New York Mets career total bases leader
- New York Mets career runs scored leader
- New York Mets career hits leader
- New York Mets career walks leader
- New York Mets career extra base hits leader
Noah Syndergaard made his Major League debut on May 12th 2015 against the Chicago Cubs. He threw 103 pitches in 5 and 1/3rd innings pitched while giving up 3 runs on 6 hits with 6 strikeouts and four walks. On may 27th, he hit his first Major League homerun against the Phillies. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Syndergaard is the first rookie since 1900 to win 2 consecutive starts with 9 strikeouts and no walks in each start. In the playoffs, Thor is masterful. On October 15, he made his first Major League relief appearance in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the Mets holding on to a one run lead, Syndergaard stepped onto the mound and shut the Dodgers bats down in that 7th inning. Syndergaard provided the Mets only win in game 3 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. In 2016, he went 14-9 with a 2.60 era and 218 strikeouts. He finished 9th in the Cy Young award. Many Mets fans compare his stuff to Doc Gooden.
On the morning of July 31st 2015, the Mets were 2 games shy of first place. Their division rival nationals were in town to play a 3 games series. This crucial 3 game series was a make or break moment for the Mets season. Minutes before the trade deadline, Sandy Alderson pulled off one of the greatest trades in New York Mets history. Yoenis Céspedes was traded to the New York Mets for minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. In his first 41 games with the Mets, Céspedes went on a tear, posting a .309 batting average, 17 home runs, 42 RBIs, and a .691 slugging percentage. On June 30th he hit the longest home run in Citi Field history against the Chicago Cubs. Céspedes was elected to his first National League Allstar game in 2016 along with his teammates Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colón and Jeurys Familia. In the offseason of 2016, the Mets then signed Céspedes to a 4 year deal worth $110 million, with a full no trade clause, making him the highest paid player in Mets history.