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Top 15 Worst Players in New York Mets History

The little brother in New York City among the two MLB teams, the New York Mets have had a history with the highest highs and the lowest lows. When they have won World Series, it was thanks to a “miracle” or an infamous error between the legs of Bill Buckner. On the other hand, the franchise’s first season had what is often regarded as one of the worst teams ever assembled, so it should come as no surprise to learn that they have had their share of busts over the years.

Anyone who follows the Mets knows the pain. Like any sports franchise, they have had their share of failed free agent signings, as well as hyped prospects who fizzled out, sometimes before they even made it to the MLB. Even players like Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, who had the talent to become Hall of Famers, could be considered busts. However, you won’t see them on this list because when they were good they were playing some amazing baseball. There are plenty of other guys the Mets have employed that were much worse.

From big contracts handed out to free agents who offered them nothing, to trades where they thought they were getting a star, to first round picks who were supposed to become the next superstar ace, this team has seen all kinds of terrible over the years. The hype machine out of New York is as strong as any city in the world and certainly these players had a lot of weight on their shoulders. It’s still no excuse. Plenty of players have made it in New York. Unfortunately these 15 never did and you will never see anyone wearing a jersey of these guys at Citi Field.

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14 Jorge Toca 

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13 Bernard Gilkey 

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12 Billy Beane 

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11 Luis Castillo 

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10 Kazuo Matsui 

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9 Bobby Jones 

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8 Bill Pulsipher 

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7 Lastings Milledge

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6 Oliver Perez 

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5 Bobby Bonilla 

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4 Jason Bay 

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3 Paul Wilson 

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2 Mo Vaughn 

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1 Steve Chilcott 

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The second player ever taken first overall in the MLB draft was catcher Steve Chilcott. Selected by the Mets out of high school when they had their pick of every amateur player in the world, they decided to take the first number one overall pick to never play in the MLB. In fact, Chilcott barely made it to Triple-A and was done with professional baseball by the time he was 23-years-old. Matt Bush has since joined him on the list of first overall picks to never crack the big leagues, but Chilcott will forever remain the first to do it and the Mets are the team who took him.

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