Introducing…The Kiner’s Korner Most Notorious Mets List

Mets fans like to look at their quirky and fun history.  Mostly because, that’s really all we have.  Fred Wilpon likes to deny the Mets history at Ebbets Field II, but we fans keep it alive through blogs and books on the very topic.  When they’re crappy, we can always look back at the past and say, “Hey remember this time…”

And if Mets fans are anything, we’re geeky.  We are all our own history buffs, remembering certain players or certain events that really impacted us one way or another.  And in this history keeping, we like to create lists.  Some people compile their favorite games.  Some like to tell us who was underrated in their tenure with the Mets.  Some have done the Top 50 countdown of best Mets.  Heck, even our buddy Metstradamus compiles a daily Hate list.

But where are the lists of Mets we can’t stand?  The players who make us cringe at the thought of them?  The players who define us, whether they played forever with us or just a short time.

Where’s is the Notorious Mets Of All Time List?

Well, I, The Coop Cooper, have decided to take matters into my own hands.  I have decided to work with other fans, bloggers and Tweeters (and anyone following us via social media) to participate in what should be a historic event.  Well, maybe not, but it sounded good.  Let’s create history, and find out who the most Notorious Mets are!!

I’m going to create a Top 50 list ultimately, but I want feedback and participation from you, the fan, the blogger, the person who has committed their heart and soul to the organization, and still roll their eyes at the thought of fill-in-the-blank.  As we’ve discussed, this is a “SMH” or *headdesk* kind of player we can’t stand, or more aptly, just shrug them away.  We care neither for them nor they for us.

So I ask you, the fan, to provide a Top 10 list (or even more, I have some people who have provided more) of the Top Notorious or Infamous Mets of all time.  Have fun with this.  Submissions are due a week before All-Star Break, and during the week, we’ll be posting 10 per day to get to 50.

Judging by the success, we may have a winner every year.  Just remember —  they need to be a Met manager, coach, general manager (I’ve gotten plenty of submissions there), or of course, a player. If you can provide  a blurb or two about WHY a certain player has made the list…even better!  You’ll get full attribution for any quote you give us.

Who’s made your roll your eyes?  Who’s made you cringe at the mere mention?  You know you have a list…let’s get it all together on paper!

One response to “Introducing…The Kiner’s Korner Most Notorious Mets List

  1. 1) Vince Coleman. Hated him as a Cardinal, amazingly hated him more once he got here and gave new meaning to “explosive” and “offensive.”

    2) Jim Fregosi. One piece for being damaged goods, but 30 pieces for who we traded to get him.

    3) Juan Samuel. Didn’t we learn from the Tug McGraw trade with the Phillies that you can’t negotiate with terrorists? We gave up indispensable pieces of our ’86 heritage and got scrapple in return.

    4) Mickey Lolich. Trading Rusty Staub for THAT?!?, that long after he’d had a shred of decency left in his arm and an even smaller remnant of a shred of decency in his attitude.

    5,6) Luis and Ollie. OllieLuis. Ollie Luis drops’n’free!

    7) RIckey. It just wasn’t in the cards.

    8) Tommy Davis. Not so much for what he did or didn’t do, but he was the Big Deal for the Mets going in to my first season following them, 1967- another dip into the Dodger water of the Gowanus Canal that was promised to help continue their climb from the cellar begun in ’66. Didn’t happen- his numbers were decent, but his leadership wasn’t, and the Mets went backward that year. Trading him for Agee and Weis the next year was the best thing he ever contributed.

    9) Bret Saberhagen. Start typing his name into Google and as soon as you get past the capital S, the third suggestion includes the word “bleach.” That tells you all you need to know about his contribution to Met history.

    And number 10, appropriately this far down because we’re STILL paying the sumbitch: Bobby Bonilla.

    (Point of clarification: are we allowed to include non-players on the list? Because that would open up a virtual Dirty Dozen, from M. Donald Grant and Steve Phillips in the front office to Torborg and Howe on the bench- and even the clubhouse boy who roided up every slugger in the National League EXCEPT the ones on his own team.

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