New York Mets: Three best players in franchise history to wear number two

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1. Mickey Sasser

For the number one choice we look at the guy that backed up and briefly took over for the top catcher in franchise history, Gary Carter. In March of 1988, Mackey Sasser was traded to the Mets and it began. In 1988 and 1989, playing just under half a season each, Sasser hit .285 and .291 respectively. On defense, he caught near 30% of attempted base stealers and his fielding percentage was no lower than .975 during the entire time.

After gaining playoff experience in 1988 with the team, he took over as a starter in 1990. Sasser played 100 games that season and hit a career-high .307. Unfortunately for Sasser, a collision at home plate began his hit with throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Remember his double clutch? That was the beginning of it. Thankfully he didn’t have a problem firing the ball to second base. 29% of base stealers were caught by Sasser in 1990.

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In 1991, Sasser hit .272 in 96 games before returning to a backup role in 1992. After ’92 he signed a free agent contract with the Mariners and his time in Ne York had come to a close. Sasser was a solid backup and played well when he got the chance to start. Out of a slim group of players he is the best to wear the number two.