In 55 seasons, the Mets have won two World Series championships, but retired the uniform number of just one player.
But 28 years after honoring Tom Seaver as the first Mets player to have his number retired, Mike Piazza will become the second on Saturday in a pregame ceremony to honor the newly-enshrined Hall of Famer. In addition to Seaver’s No. 41, Piazza’s No. 31 joins former managers Gil Hodges (14) and Casey Stengel (37).
It’s fair to say the Mets have been more selective of which players receive the retired number treatment than the crosstown rival Yankees. It’s also worth mentioning the impressive history of Hall of Fame careers that played out while wearing pinstripes in the Bronx.
Still, some Mets seem to have slipped through the cracks. Not to take anything away from Piazza’s big weekend, but here are a few other Mets greats — both active and retired — who merit some consideration to have their numbers officially removed from circulation and featured above the upper deck at Citi Field. (Uniform number in parentheses)