5. John Stearns
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John Stearns actually debuted as a member of the Phillies in 1974, coming to the plate twice with one hit before heading to the Mets in 1975. His trade sent away a fan favorite, Tug McGraw, but quickly became a fan favorite due to his physical play.
Stearns’ offensive prowess was not his calling card. He was a career .260 hitter and his career best was a .285 average in 1980. On the contrary, he threw out 37% of base stealers that tried to run on him. Stearns was also known for physicality, including notable bench clearing brawls and plays at the plate. Tagging out big Dave Parker on a play at the plate to end a 1978 game, he was thanked by players on the rival Phillies.
He also got himself kicked out of a game for a fight with future Met Gary Carter on a play at the plate in 1979. New Yorkers love their scrappy players.
Stearns also makes this list for his longevity at the position, playing 699 games behind the plate for his career. Those who don’t know about him, ask your parents.