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Franchise Timeline

  1. 1950's
  2. 1960's
  3. 1970's
  4. 1980's
  5. 1990's
  6. 2000's
  7. 2010's
  1. 1950's

    1957

    Late 1957 - Following the departure of Dodgers and Giants, NYC Mayor Robert F. Wagner appoints four-man committee to explore possibility of returning NL baseball to New York: former postmaster general James Farley, attorney Bill Shea, and businessmen Clint Blume and Bernard Gimbel.

    1959

    July 27 - New York attorney William Shea announces the formation of a third major league, the Continental League, to begin play in 1961. One of the charter teams for the league would be placed in New York.

  2. 1960's

    1960

    August 2 - The Continental League disbands on promises that four of its franchises would be accepted to the NL and AL as expansion franchises.

    October 17 - Mets franchise formally awarded by NL to group headed by Mrs. Joan Payson.

    1961

    March 6 - The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc., formally receives a certificate of membership from National League President Warren Giles. The Mets' name was judged by club owner Joan Payson as the one that best met five basic criteria:

    1. It met public and press acceptance;
    2. It was closely related to the team's corporate name (Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc);
    3. It was descriptive of the metropolitan area;
    4. It had a brevity that delighted copy readers everywhere;
    5. It had historical background referring to the Metropolitans of the 19th century American Association. Other names considered included Rebels, Skyliners, NYBs, Burros (for the five boroughs), Continentals, Avengers... as well as Jets and Islanders, names that would eventually find their way onto the New York sports scene.

    May 8, - New York's National League club announces that the team nickname will be "Mets," a natural shortening of the corporate name ("New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.")

    October 10 - In the first expansion draft in National League history, the Mets spend $1.8 million to draft 22 players at the Netherland-Hilton Hotel in Cincinnati.

    October 28 - Ground is broken for Flushing Meadows Park.

    November 16 - The circular Mets logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gatto, was unveiled. It has gone virtually unchanged throughout the history of the club. The shape of the insignia, with its orange stitching, represents a baseball, and the bridge in the foreground symbolizes that the Mets, in bringing back the National League to New York, represent all five boroughs. It's not just a skyline in the background, but has a special meaning. At the left is a church spire, symbolic of Brooklyn, the borough of churches. The second building from the left is the Williamsburg Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn. Next is the Woolworth Building. After a general skyline view of midtown comes the Empire State Building. At the far right is the United Nations Building. The Mets' colors are Dodger blue and Giant orange, symbolic of the return of National League baseball to New York after the Dodgers and Giants moved to California. Blue and Orange are also the official colors of New York State.

    1962

    April 11 - The Mets play the first official game in franchise history, an 11-4 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis.

    April 13 - Mets open the first of their two seasons at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Pirates 4-3 in the first NL game played in NYC since 1957.

    April 23 - The Mets secure the first victory in franchise history with a 9-1 victory in Pittsburgh.

    December - Stadium shell is completed.

    1963

    February 4 - Mayor Wagner signs bill which formally changes the name of the still-under-construction ballpark from "Flushing Meadows Stadium" to "William A. Shea Municipal Stadium".

    September 18 - Mets play final game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Phillies 5-1 before only 1,752 fans.

    1964

    January 3-4 - Mets move their baseball and office equipment out of the Polo Grounds.

    April 16 - Shea Stadium is formally dedicated.

    April 17 - Opening Day! A 4-3 loss to the Pirates in front of 48,736 fans. Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell records the first hit, a line-drive home run off Jack Fisher.

    April 19 - First Mets win at Shea, 6-0 over Pittsburgh behind Al Jackson.

    May 6 - First Shea night game (Reds 12, Mets 4). . .Hall of Fame executive Larry MacPhail, the father of modern night baseball, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., whose dad turned on the lights for the first-ever night game in Cincinnati in 1935, and Mets Board Chairman M. Donald Grant flip the switch.

    May 31 - The Longest Day. . .Doubleheader vs. Giants ends with 8-6 SF win in the nightcap, in 23 innings. . ..A few thousand from packed house of 57,037 are left at the finish, eating giveaway hot dog rolls with the concession stands long since closed.

    July 7 - Shea's first - and only - All-Star Game. . .NL wins 7-4 on Johnny Callison's three-run, ninth-inning homer off Dick Radatz. . .Ron Hunt, the Mets' first All-Star starter, goes 1-for-3.

    1965

    September 2 - Casey Stengel's no. 37 is first Mets uniform number formally retired.

    1966

    Tom SeaverApril 2 - The Mets win a special lottery for the rights to USC pitcher Tom Seaver.

    1967

    April - Clear plexiglas placed on outfield wall sections in front of the bullpens. . .In stadium's first three years, solid green wall obscured fans' view of bullpens. Outfield wall painted light green, with distance numerals in dark green. New color scheme makes it impossible to see balls hit off the wall; outfield wall re-painted dark green in May 1967.

    1968

    April 17 - Mets win home opener for first time ever as 52,079 see Jerry Koosman shut out Giants, 3-0.

    1969

    April 10 - Tommie Agee belts the longest measured home run in stadium history, a shot into the LF upper deck. .The only fair ball ever to reach Shea's upper deck was commemorated with a white circle painted into the facing of Section 48 at Shea Stadium.

    July 9 - The Imperfect Game. . .Seaver retires the first 25 Cubs to face him until Jimmy Qualls' ninth-inning single ends perfect game bid (Mets win, 4-0).

    September 9 - The Black Cat game, as the fateful feline crosses in front of the Cubs' dugout just prior to Seaver's 7-1 win, capping two-game series sweep and putting the Mets within a half-game of first place.

    The Amazin MetsSeptember 10 - Doubleheader sweep over Montreal puts Mets into first place in NL East for the first time ever.

    September 24 - Mets clinch NL East pennant behind Gary Gentry's 6-0 shutout of St. Louis.

    October 4 - The Mets play the first postseason game in their history, a 9-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. It is also the first Championship Series game in National League history.

    October 6 - In first post-season baseball game in stadium history, Mets win NL Pennant with 7-4 win over Braves in Game Three of inaugural NLCS.

    October 11 - The Mets play in the first World Series game in their history, a 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore.

    October 12 - The Mets win a World Series game for the first time in their history, a 2-1 victory over the Orioles in Baltimore.

    October 14 - First World Series game at Shea. The Mets beat the Orioles, 5-0, with 56,635 fans in attendance. Tommie Agee's two circus catches lead the way.

    October 15 - A 2-1 Mets walkoff win in 10 innings over the Orioles in Game Four of the World Series with 57,367 fans in attendance. Ron Swoboda catch highlighted the win.

    October 16 - Behind Jerry Koosman the Mets won their first World Championship with a 5-3 win over Baltimore with 57,397 fans in attendance.

  3. 1970's

    1970

    April 22 - Tom Seaver struck out 19 Padres in a 2-1 win over San Diego on the first-ever Earth Day at Shea.

    1971

    August 1 - Banner Day parade held in driving rainstorm.

    1972

    April - Mets Bullpen Buggy - created by legendary automotive designer Harry Bentley Bradley - debuts. . .At 20 horsepower and maximum 15 mph, the baseball-capped vehicle will chauffeur Mets relievers for the next five seasons.

    May 11 - The Mets acquire outfielder Willie Mays from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for pitcher Charlie Williams.

    May 14 - Willie Mays' first game at Shea as a Met. He hit a home run off Don Carrithers in a 5-4 win over the Giants on Mother's Day.

    1973

    June 9 - Gil Hodges' no. 14 formally retired.

    September 25 - Willie Mays Night at Shea. Willie said good-bye after a 2-1 win over the Expos.

    Celebrating the 1973 PennantOctober 1 - The Mets head to the postseason for the second time in franchise history, clinching the National League East with a 6-4 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

    October 8 - NLCS Game Three - Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose scuffle sparked a bench-clearing brawl in a 9-2 Mets win.

    October 9 - NLCS Game Five - The winner-take-all game ended in a 7-2 Mets win over Cincinnati.

    October 10 - Before a Shea crowd of 50,323, Tom Seaver and Tug McGraw combine on a seven-hitter as the Mets win their second NL Pennant with a 7-2 victory over Cincinnati in the deciding game of the series.

    October 18 - The Mets beat Oakland, 2-0, in Game Five of the World Series. Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw combined on the shutout.

    1974

    April 6 - Yankees begin two-year tenure at Shea with 6-1 win over Cleveland.

    September 11 - The Longest Night. . .In a 25-inning marathon that doesn't end until 3:13 a.m., Cards top Mets 4-3.

    1975

    Summer-Fall - For this one year, all four New York baseball and football teams (Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants) call Shea Stadium home.

    1977

    June 15 - The Mets trade pitcher Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Pat Zachry, infielder Doug Flynn, and outfielders Steve Henderson and Dan Norman.

    July 13 - The lights go out at Shea - Lenny Randle was at the plate when the Great Blackout of '77 happened. Mets played a shadow ball game illuminated by car headlights and Jane Jarvis played Christmas songs on the organ.

    July 16 - Old-timers Day at Shea. Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider and Joe DiMaggio make dramatic walk-in entrance from center field.

    1979

    Summer '79 to Summer '80 - First major facelift in Shea history features removal of original wooden seats in favor of plastic; new interior and exterior color schemes (blue for stadium exterior and outfield fence); removal of distinctive orange and blue exterior steel plates; installation of bleachers and picnic area behind LF fence, and increased ad space on main scoreboard.

  4. 1980's

    1980

    January 24 - The Mets are sold to a group headed by Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon. The purchase price is estimated at $21.1 million - the highest amount ever paid for an American professional sports franchise.

    1981

    Spring - The Home Run Apple Hat "arrived"

    Winter 1981-82 - Original Mitsubishi DiamondVision screen installed behind left field fence. . .At 24x36 feet, it is the largest board of its kind in the world.

    1982

    June, 1982 - The Mets select pitcher Dwight Gooden with the fifth pick of the 1982 Draft.

    1983

    June 15 - The Mets acquire first baseman Keith Hernandez from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.

    1984

    April 29 - Strawberry Sunday (or Sundae?), as Mets honor their reigning NL Rookie of the Year with free ice cream sundaes for fans. . .Darryl goes 2-for-3 in 6-2 win over Phillies.

    December 12 - The Mets acquire catcher Gary Carter from the Montreal Expos in exchange for infielder Hubie Brooks, catcher Mike Fitzgerald, outfielder Herm Winningham and pitcher Floyd Youmans.

    1985

    Winter 1985-86 - First section of "Diamond View" luxury suites installed on club level, extending from behind third base to Left Field Terrace group area. . .Original Shea press room (in LF on club level) is converted to luxury suite service area. . .Original Directors Room (behind home plate) is converted to press dining, and new press work area is built directly behind main press box.

    1986

    September 17 - Mets clinch first NL East pennant since '73 with Gooden's 4-2 win over Cubs before 47,823 fans.

    October 11 - Lenny Dykstra's two-run home run in the ninth lifted New York to a 6-5 win in Game Three of the NLCS vs. Houston.

    October 14 - Gary Carter's 12th inning single gave the Mets a 2-1 win in Game Five of the NLCS vs. Houston.

    October 15 - In one of the greatest games in postseason history, the Mets defeat the Houston Astros 7-6 in 16 innings for the third National League Championship in franchise history.

    October 25 - Game Six of the World Series vs. Boston. Buckner error in the 9th.

    The 1986 World Series trophyOctober 27 - Game Seven of the World Series vs. Boston. New York won its second title with an 8-5 triumph.

    1987

    Winter 1987-88 - The original 1964 RF scoreboard is dismantled, with new scoreboard (by White Way Company of Chicago) built within the shell of the original. New board is similar in layout to the '64 version, and includes center B&W animated matrix section and permanent space for six (post-season) umpires, a first in a major league stadium. New animated auxiliary boards in the RF and LF corners replace the originals, as well. Extensive stadium upgrades also include: Painting of exterior in "Mets Blue". . .Addition of neon baseball player depictions (designed by de Harak and Poulin Associates) on each of the six wind panels. . .Original outfield fence replaced with padded wall. . .New section of Diamond View suites installed from first base side of club level (in front of Diamond Club) to end of stadium structure in right field.

    1988

    July 24 - Tom Seaver's no. 41 formally retired, joining Gil Hodges' 14 and Casey Stengel's 37 on the LF wall.

    September 22 - Mets clinched the NL East with a 3-1 win over Philadelphia.

    October 10 - Mets eliminated from NLCS as Dodgers win a decisive Game Seven.

  5. 1990's

    1991

    October 2 - William A. Shea dies at age 84.

    1993

    April 5 - The Colorado Rockies make their major league debut before 53,127, and are beaten 4-0 as Gooden scatters four hits. . .Rockies join Montreal Expos (in '69) as the two teams that played their first games ever at Shea.

    1995

    May 5 - Edgardo Alfonzo becomes the Mets' 100th third-baseman in a 9-6 loss in Montreal. A total of 121 players, starting with Don Zimmer in 1962, have appeared at third base for the Mets since 1962. Of those 121 players, only ten have appeared in as many as 200 games at third for the Mets. The most prominent of these third basemen was Met great Howard Johnson who played a total of 835 games at third for the Mets over a span of 8 years. Alfonzo played more games at third than all but three past Mets, Johnson, '69 World Championship third baseman Wayne Garrett and Hubie Brooks. Gold Glove third baseman Robin Ventura played a total of 436 games at the position for the Mets.

    1996

    September 14 - Todd Hundley hit his 41st home run, the most for any major league catcher in a single season and a Mets record (tied by Carlos Beltran in 2006).

    1997

    April 15 - President Bill Clinton, the first sitting president ever to see a game at Shea, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major league debut by joining with Mrs. Rachel Robinson and MLB executive council chairman Bud Selig to retire Jackie's no. 42 throughout Major League Baseball.

    June 13 - First regular season interleague game in Shea history. . .Red Sox 8, Mets 4 before 44,443.

    June 16 - In the first ever regular season meeting between the Mets and Yankees, the Mets score three times in the first inning, never looking back as Dave Mlicki pitched a complete game shutout in a 6-0 victory.

    1998

    May 22 - Catcher Mike Piazza is aquired from the Florida Marlins in exchange for minor league outfielder Preston Wilson and minor league left-handed pitchers Ed Yarnell and Geoff Getz.

    June 26 - First regular season meeting vs. Yankees in stadium history. . .Yanks won 8-4 before 53,404.

    Winter 1998-99 - Metropolitan Club seats added behind home plate, filling in most of the familiar tunnel area (similar permanent seating along the first- and third-base lines added the following year).

    1999

    April 14 - John Franco notches 400th career save in 4-1 win over Florida.

    May 20 - Against Milwaukee, Robin Ventura becomes first player in ML history to hit a grand slam in both games of a doubleheader.

    Robin VenturaOctober 3 - Melvin Mora scores on Brad Clontz' ninth-inning wild pitch to give Mets 2-1 win over Pirates before 50,111, forcing one-game Wild Card Playoff the next day in Cincinnati (which Al Leiter wins, 5-0).

    October 9 - Todd Pratt hit a solo home run in Game Four of the NLDS vs. Arizona to send the Mets to the NLCS.

    October 17 - Robin Ventura hit a game-winning "grand slam single" in the bottom of the 15th inning against Atlanta in Game Five of the NLCS.

  6. 2000's

    2000

    July 8 - Unique interleague doubleheader in which Mets face Yankees at Shea in the afternoon, then in the Bronx that same evening (necessitated by rainout on June 11). . .Mets drop both games by 4-2 scores.

    October 7 - Benny Agbayani's solo home run in the 13th inning gave the Mets a 3-2 win over San Francisco in Game Three of the NLDS.

    October 8 - Bobby Jones tossed a one-hitter against the Giants as the Mets advanced to the NLCS with a 4-0 win in Game Four of the NLDS.

    October 16 - Mets advanced to the World Series with a 7-0 win over St. Louis in Game Five of the NLCS.

    October 24 - Shea hosts NY's first Subway Series in 44 years as Mets win Game 3 of the World Series

    2001

    April - All four Mets championship pennants - the 1969 and 1986 World Championship flags and the 1973 and 2000 NL Pennants - now fly atop the batters eye in CF.

    July 14 - Bobby Valentine became the 48th manager to notch his 1,000th victory in Major League history with a 2-0 win over Boston. In that game, Glendon Rusch (8.0 innings) and Armando Benitez (1.0 innings) combined to hurl the 22nd one-hitter in club history. Rusch surrendered the only hit of the game - a bunt single by Trot Nixon in the first inning.

    August 21 - Mike Piazza slugged his 300th home run as a catcher vs. Colorado's Mike Hampton. This was also his 30th home run of the season, making him one of four active players to reach the 30 home run plateau for seven straight years.

    September 21 - Mike Piazza's home run against the Braves helped heal the city in the first sporting event in New York after 9/11 and brought the Mets within four-and-a-half games of first place.

    October 6 - Lenny Harris breaks Manny Mota's ML record with his 151st career pinch-hit.

    2002

    April 30 - Al Leiter beats the Arizona Diamondbacks and becomes the first Major League pitcher to defeat all 30 teams.

    August - Home radio (Bob Murphy) and television (Ralph Kiner) booths re-dedicated in honor of Mets broadcasting legends.

    August 17 - The Mets celebrate their 40th anniversary by having the fans select the "All Amazin' Team". The team, which was announced prior to the game against the Dodgers, was comprised of manager Gil Hodges, first baseman Keith Hernandez, second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo, shortstop Buddy Harrelson, third baseman Howard Johnson, catcher Mike Piazza, outfielders Mookie Wilson, Lenny Dykstra and Darryl Strawberry, pinch-hitters Rusty Staub and Ed Kranepool, righthanded starter Tom Seaver, lefthanded starter Jerry Koosman, righthanded reliever Roger McDowell and lefthanded reliever John Franco. Also on that night, Mike Piazza hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning that is the 328th of his career, moving him past Johnny Bench for second place on the all-time list for homers by a catcher. Piazza's blast also makes him the National League leader for home runs as a catcher.

    August - The Mets go 0-13 at Shea for the month. They became the third team in Major League history to go winless at home during a calendar month with a minimum of 10 decisions. The 1969 Seattle Pilots went 0-13 in August and the 1996 Detroit Tigers were 0-16 in September.

    September 3 - The Mets drop the first game of a doubleheader to the Marlins, establishing a new National League record with their 15th consecutive home defeat. The Boston Braves held the previous mark with 14 straight losses at home in 1911.

    September 5 - Armando Benitez earns his 30th save against Florida, becoming the first Met in franchise history to record three consecutive seasons with 30 or more saves.

    September 7 - Mets manager Bobby Valentine is named the recipient of the prestigious Branch Rickey Award, which honors individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their community and are strong role models for others. He is the first non-player to be honored with the award.

    October 1 - After six-plus years with the Mets, Bobby Valentine is relieved of duties as manager.

    October 28 - Art Howe is hired as the 17th manager in franchise history.

    2003

    April 11-14 - The Mets played their first ever series in Puerto Rico against the Montreal Expos.

    April 20 - John Franco returns from Tommy John surgery and appears in his 1000th Major League game in the second game of a double-header with the Brewers.

    April 22 - Mike Piazza cracks his 350th home run against the Houston Astros.

    June 15 - Jose Reyes becomes the second player in Mets history to have his first Major League home run be a grand slam and becomes the youngest player (20 years, 4 days) in the league to hit a grand slam since Tony Conigliaro in 1964.

    August 15 - Tom Glavine gets his 250th win against the Colorado Rockies.

    August 28 - Jose Reyes becomes the youngest player in Major League history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate against the Atlanta Braves.

    September 25 - Bob Murphy's final game after 42 years as Voice of the Mets. . .Murph at the end of the 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh: "I'll say goodbye now to everybody. Stay well out there, wherever you may be. I've enjoyed the relationship with you."

    2004

    May 5 - Mike Piazza set the major league mark for home runs by a catcher with his 352nd career home run in the first inning of an 8-2 win over the Giants.

    2006

    April 6 - Mets unveil architectural and design plans for their new ballpark, a 45,000-seat venue to be built in the outfield parking lot between Shea Stadium and 126th Street.

    September 18 - Mets clinched the NL East with a 4-0 win over Florida.

    October 4 - Two Dodgers were tagged out at home as the Mets beat Los Angeles 6-5 in Game One of the NLDS.

    October 19 - Endy Chavez made one of the best catches in postseason history in Game Seven of the NLCS but Cards prevail, 3-1 on Yadier Molina's two-run ninth-inning HR.

    November 13 - At the ceremonial groundbreaking for their new ballpark, Mets announce exclusive 20-year, multifaceted strategic marketing and business partnership with Citigroup, including the naming rights for Citi Field.

    2007

    August 5 - Tom Glavine recorded his 300th win against the Cubs in Wrigley.

    September 3 - Pedro Martinez records his 3,000th strikeout against Cincinnati.

    2008

    April 8 - Mets open their 45th and final season at Shea Stadium vs. Phillies. The Mets retire the name "Shea".

    September 26 - Announced that Game Six of the 1986 World Series has been voted by fans as the top Shea Stadium moment of all-time (The Top 10 Moments were selected by the fans throughout the summer on mets.com, losmets.com, and sny.tv).

    September 28 - Mets play their final game at Shea Stadium and fall to the Florida Marlins 4-2. Following the game, a post-game Shea Goodbye ceremony celebrated the greatest players in Mets history. The ceremonial final pitch was thrown by Tom Seaver to Mike Piazza.

    2009

    March 29 - Citi Field opens its doors for the first time to host a college baseball game.

    April 13 - Opening Day! Mets open their Inaugural season at Citi Field, their new world class home. David Wright records the first Mets hit at Citi Field with a double in the bottom of the 1st inning.

    April 15 - Mets win first game at Citi Field 7-2 over the Padres. Oliver Perez is the winning pitcher.

    April 17 - Gary Sheffield hits his 500th career homerun against the Milwaukee Brewers.

  7. 2010's

    2010

    Heading into the 2010 season believing their hitting would be stellar and their pitching might be suspect, the Mets, for a time, defied all expectations. Thanks to a tremendous start to the season from Mike Pelfrey, a strong rookie campaign from Jon Niese and some surprising contributions from R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi, the Mets stayed in contention throughout the first half of the year on the strength of their pitching -- and despite some consistently inadequate hitting. Other than David Wright, who bounced back to his career offensive norms, Angel Pagan, and rookies Ike Davis and Josh Thole, the Mets could not muster any sort of sustained offense throughout the season. Compounding their issues was the absence of Carlos Beltran, who missed the first half of the season recovering from knee surgery and contributed little after he returned. In late July, the Mets suffered through a 2-9 West Coast trip and never came close to recovering, rapidly tumbling from playoff contention to fourth place in the division. Season-ending injuries to Johan Santana and Francisco Rodriguez did not help things, nor did a chronic oblique problem for shortstop Jose Reyes. The bubble burst. And the Mets finished the season where most expected them to, in fourth. They simply took a circuitous route to get there.

    2011

    Another surprising first half melted into another disappointment in 2011 for the Mets, who remained in contention into July. But another spate of serious injuries -- this time to David Wright, Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy -- undermined the Mets, as did the midseason trades of Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez. Not helping matters was the fact that Johan Santana's rehab from left shoulder surgery took months longer than originally anticipated, knocking out the Mets' best pitcher for the entirety of the season. Without Santana, the Mets spent most of the early summer holding things together with Scotch tape, a consistent starting rotation and ample heaps of Jose Reyes, who submitted arguably the best individual half-season in franchise history. But Reyes also struggled with injuries down the stretch, despite rebounding to win the batting title with a controversial bunt single on the final day of the season. It was his last act as a Met. Two months later, Reyes signed with the Marlins, further distancing the Mets from their more successful incarnations of the recent past.

    2012

    Though the Mets slogged through another losing season in 2012, finishing fourth in the NL East for the fourth consecutive year, highlights marked their season. Johan Santana delivered the most memorable of them, firing the first no-hitter in franchise history June 1 against the Cardinals. Though the Mets' season peaked shortly thereafter, when 12 losses in 13 games in mid-July essentially knocked them out of the Wild Card hunt, not everyone struggled. R.A. Dickey slowed his pace only slightly after the All-Star break, becoming the franchise's first 20-game winner since 1990 and the first knuckleball pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award. Rookie Matt Harvey struck out a franchise-record 11 batters in his debut and entrenched himself in the starting rotation down the stretch. And though David Wright's exceptional first half soured a bit after the All-Star break, the Mets rewarded him after the season with a new eight-year, $138-million contract, which should make the third baseman a Met for life.