Sunday, December 28, 2008


Yesterday's quiz question was about putting the team first.
It was: In which season did the Mets achieve their highest bteam batting average (.286)?
The correct answer is b) 1999

That’s the year the Mets hit .286 as a team and had five regulars all hit above .300., with a sixth batting .298. The five players above .500 were: Rickey Henderson at .315, Roger Cedeno at .313, Edgardo Alfonzo at .304, Mike Piazza at .303 and Robin Ventura at .301. John Olerud, who still holds the Mets’ single-season record for highest batting average at .354, hit .298 in 1999, while drawing a club-record 125 walks. That year, one of the most exciting in club history, saw three Mets – Piazza, Ventura and Alfonzo – drive in more than 100 runs, with Olerud narrowly missing the mark with 96. Light-hitting shortstop Rey Ordonez hit a full-season career high .258 and knocked in a career-best 60 runs. Even the new guys acquired at the July 31 trading deadline literally got into the swing of things. Outfielder Darryl Hamilton hit .339 and utility guy Shawon Dunston hit .344. Bench men Benny Agbayani hit .286 and Todd Pratt hit .293.
Edgardo Alfonzo
Roger Cedeno
Mike Piazza
Robin Ventura
Rickey Henderson
The other choices…

a) 2007
In the year that will be forever known to Mets fans as The Collapse, the Mets batted .282. In a half-season, outfielder Moises Alou batted .341 and set a new club record with a 30-game hitting streak. David Wright had a monster year, hitting .325

b) 1986
The year the Mets last won a World Series Championship, they hit .263 as a team. Keith Hernandez led the way with a .310 mark, with eventual World Series Most Valuable Player, third-baseman Ray Knight behind him at .298 and outfielder Lenny Dykstra hitting .295.

c) 1996
Though the Mets finished just four games from rock bottom in the National League East that year, the team could hit – it posted a collective .270 average. Outfielders Bernard Gilkey and Lance Johnson enjoyed career years. Gilkey swatted 30 homers, a still-standing club record 44 doubles and tied the existing record for RBI in a single year with 117. Johnson was an offensive juggernaut, batting .333, establishing still-standing club records for triples in a single year, with 21 and hits, with 227.
Log on later today for your Daily Mets Quiz.

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