Let’s say you’re the manager of one of the most beloved franchises in Major League Baseball, with every past and current player available on your bench. Game time is approaching and the ump needs your line-up card. Who’s your starting pitcher? Fireballer Dwight Gooden, lights-out Tom Seaver, or run-stingy Jacob de Grom? Is Gary Carter behind the plate or Mike Piazza? Who’ll bat clean-up? Combining statistical analysis, common sense, and a host of intangibles, Brian Wright constructs an all-time All-Star Mets line-up for the ages. Agree with his choices or not, you’ll learn all there is to know about the men who played for and managed New York’s Amazin’ Mets.
Brian Wright is the author of Mets in 10s: Best and Worst of an Amazin’ History, released by The History Press in April 2018. He is also the managing editor of a new publication from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) entitled Met-rospectives, chronicling the greatest games in franchise history. Prior, he wrote for Bleacher Report, the Washington Examiner, NESN.com, SB Nation, and The Cauldron. For three years, Wright served as the lead MLB writer for The Sports Daily and from 2014 through 2017, hosted his own interview-based sports history podcast, “Profiles in Sports." He has also contributed to multiple SABR book projects, including the most memorable moments in the history of the San Diego Padres, Wrigley Field, and old Comiskey Park.