New York Mets

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New York Mets
2021 New York Mets season
Established in 1962
New York Mets Insignia.svg
Cap insignia
Major league affiliations

Current uniform
Retired numbers
  • Blue, orange, white
  • New York Mets (1962–present)
Other nicknames
  • The Metropolitans, The Amazin's, The Metsies[1] The Miracle Mets[2] (1969), The Amazin Mets[2] (1969), The Bad Guys[3] (1986)
Major league titles
World Series titles (2)
NL Pennants (5)
East Division titles (6)
Wild card berths (3)
Front office
Owner(s)Fred Wilpon (52%)
Several others (48%)
ManagerMickey Callaway
General ManagerSandy Alderson
President of Baseball OperationsSaul Katz

The New York Mets are a professional baseball team based in New York City, New York in Citi Field. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as part of the National League (NL) east division. The team started in 1962. The Mets won the World Series in the years 1969 and 1986. They play in Corona, New York and play in their stadium Citi Field, completed in 2009. Their colors are blue and orange. Their retired numbers are 42 (Jackie Robinson), 41 (Tom Seaver), 14 (Gil Hodges), and 37 (Casey Stengel).

The name "Mets" is short for "Metropolitans". There was an old team in the 1880s called the New York Metropolitans. The words "Metropolis" and "Metropolitan" are often used to describe very large cities. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Opera, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority are among the other New York users of that word.

The Mets first played their home games at the Polo Grounds. They opened Shea Stadium in 1964. After 45 seasons at Shea, they opened Citi Field in 2009, nextdoor to Shea. Shea was torn down during the 2009 season. The Mets have won the World series two times, in 1969 and 1986. In 1973, 2000, and 2015, the Mets went to the World Series, but lost to the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, and Kansas City Royals, respectively.

Rivalries[change | change source]

Atlanta Braves[change | change source]

The Braves–Mets rivalry is a rivalry between two teams in the National League East, featuring the Atlanta Braves and the Mets.[4]

Philadelphia Phillies[change | change source]

The rivalry between the Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies from 2006 to 2008 was said to be among the "hottest" rivalries in the National League.[5][6]

New York Yankees[change | change source]

The first regular season non-exhibition game between the Mets and the New York Yankees took place in 1997. Three years later, the teams met in the 2000 World Series. A series of games between the two New York City teams is called a Subway Series.

New York Mets Foundation[change | change source]

A registered 501(c)(3) charity, the New York Mets Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the New York Mets. Founded in 1963, it funds and promotes charitable causes in the Mets community. One of these causes is Tuesday's Children, is a non-profit family service organization that "has made a long term commitment to meet the needs of every family who lost a loved one in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001".[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Golenbock, Peter, ed. (2002). "Amazin': The Miraculous History of New York's Most Beloved Baseball Team". p. 108. ISBN 0312309929. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blum, Ronald, ed. (October 22, 2015). "Mets' return to World Series evokes legends of star-studded teams from the past". Washington Post. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  3. Worth, Richard, ed. (2013). "Baseball Team Names: A Worldwide Dictionary, 1869–2011". pp. 201–208, 361, 368. ISBN 9780786468447. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  4. Olson, Lisa (July 8, 2003). "Crazy scene at Shea takes luster off Mets-Braves rivalry". New York Daily News.[permanent dead link]
  5. Bondy, Filip (April 11, 2008). "Mets-Phillies rivalry looking like what Mets-Braves used to be". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on March 22, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
  6. Westcott, Rich (2010). Philadelphia Phillies Past & Present. MVP Books. p. 10. ISBN 9780760337844. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  7. Brown, Phil. "Mets, Who We Are".

Other websites[change | change source]