Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 4/2/13
The New York Mets have been in existence for 51 years. Last season they celebrated their 50th season of playing professional baseball and the organization had the perfect opportunity to make a positive move toward the fanbase. In that season, they could have done so many different things. They chose to parade some names and faces out onto the field and honor them. It was a very nice ceremony, but it was missing something. No one had their number retired into Mets lore. In fact, under the current ownership, the Mets have not retired a single number. The last number retired was Jackie Robinson and that was when MLB forced them to in 1997 when they ordered every team to retire his number 42. Among the other three are Gil Hodges, Casey Stengel and Tom Seaver. The only Mets player even retired, in fact, is Tom Seaver. He was certainly deserving of the honor. His three Cy Young awards, Rookie of the Year award and Mets records absolutely attest to that. He is a World Series winner ...
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