3 Mets legends who need their number retired

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On Saturday afternoon, Daryl Strawberry will join his 1986 World Series Championship teammate Dwight Gooden as the second Met to have his number retired this season.

Owner Steve Cohen has been much more receptive to retiring numbers. In addition to Strawberry and Gooden, since Cohen has taken over, the Mets have raised Keith Hernandez’s No. 17, Willie Mays’ No. 24 and Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 numbers to the rafters.

Still, there are a couple more players who are more than worthy of getting their number retired. 

Three Mets Who Need Their Number Retired

Bud Harrelson

Bud Harrelson devoted four decades of his life to the Mets organization, and it is time for his No. 3 to be immortalized. 

Harrelson spent 13 seasons playing shortstop for the blue and orange, leading the Mets to two World Series appearances and being a crucial cog in the 1969 championship-winning squad.

After retiring from baseball, Harrelson coached the Mets to a 1986 World Series championship and managed the blue and orange from 1990-91. 

When you think of Mets, you think of Harrelson, and it is time to retire his No.3.

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David Wright

The Flushing Faithful have been clamoring for David Wright’s iconic No. 5 to be retired since he hung up the cleats in 2018 at 35 due to spinal stenosis.

One of the greatest players in franchise history and a former captain, Wright spent 14 years manning the hot corner for the blue and orange, making seven all-star games, two silver sluggers and two gold gloves while still representing the organization to this day.

Wright is the franchise’s all-time leader in hits, runs scored, total bases, doubles, RBIs, walks, sac flies and extra-base hits.

The time is Wright to retire No. 5.

Ron Darling

Ron Darling had a very successful Mets tenure, pitching nine years for the Mets and helping the blue and orange win the 1986 World Series.

While Darling ranks in the top 10 in many franchise pitching categories, his post-Mets career pushes him is what truly makes him worthy.

Since 2006, Darling, alongside Gary Cohen and Hernandez, has been the Mets television broadcaster.

Hernandez’s number is already up there. Cohen will be honored with a microphone alongside Ralph Kiner. It only makes sense for Darling’s No. 12 to be up there, too.

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