Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Keith Hernandez was the heart and soul of the 1980s Mets teams that went from languishing at the bottom of the National League East to winning two division titles and a World Series championship.  The former first baseman was a leader both on and off the field, and was given the captain’s “C” to honor his leadership on the team.  However, despite numerous pleas by Mets fans to retire his number 17, the Mets have not yet honored their former captain by doing so. Let’s compare Keith’s career with the Mets to that of another first baseman who played on the West Coast for another expansion team from the 1960s.  Perhaps if the people from the Coalition To Decide New Reasons To Put Off Retiring Keith’s Number read the following, they might have to rethink things. Keith Hernandez was a member of the Mets from 1983-1989.  Over his 6½ years with the team, he batted over .300 four times, scored over 80 runs four times and drove in over 80 runs four times (including two 90-RBI seasons).  He wo...
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