A look at some of the best pitchers who played for both the Mets and Yankees, including Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, and CC Sabathia.
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Best Mets Pitchers
The Mets have had some great pitchers over the years. Some of them have even gone on to have successful careers with other teams. Here is a look at some of the best pitchers who have played for both the Mets and another team.
Dwight “Doc” Gooden pitched for the Mets from 1984 to 1994. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1984 and the National League Cy Young Award in 1985. Gooden was a four-time All-Star and helped lead the Mets to victory in the 1986 World Series.
Gooden’s career was derailed by substance abuse, and he was suspended from baseball for much of the 1995 season. He made a comeback with the Yankees in 1996, but he was never able to regain his earlier form. Gooden retired from baseball in 2000.
Verdict: The Greatest Met of All-Time
Tom Seaver is not only the best pitcher in Mets history, but he might be the best pitcher in baseball history. “Tom Terrific” was an ace from 1967-1969 and won Rookie of the Year, then he had one of the greatest seasons by a pitcher in 1970 when he won the Cy Young and MVP. He won 20 games in five different seasons, struck out 3,640 batters (still a Mets record), and had a 2.86 ERA in his 11 years with the team. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992 with 98.8% of the vote, the highest percentage ever at that time.
Jerry Koosman pitched for the Mets from 1967 to 1978. He was a two-time All-Star and was part of the Mets’ 1969 World Series championship team. Koosman is the Mets’ all-time leader in games pitched, innings pitched, and strikeouts.
Best Yankees Pitchers
Pitchers who have played for both the Mets and Yankees include some of the best pitchers in baseball history. Roger Clemens, David Cone, and Andy Pettitte are just a few of the greats who have donned both uniforms. In this article, we will take a look at some of the best pitchers who have played for both the Mets and Yankees.
Whitey Ford is one of the best pitchers in Yankees history. He played for the team from 1950 to 1967, winning ten World Series titles. He was a six-time All-Star and was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1961.
Ford is the Yankees’ all-time leader in wins (236), innings pitched (3,170), and strikeouts (1,956). He’s also second in games started (437), behind only Andy Pettitte. When he retired, Ford held the record for most career World Series wins (10) and remains the Yankees’ postseason leader in wins (22) and strikeouts (164).
A native of New York City, Ford grew up a Yankees fan and even attended games at Yankee Stadium as a child. He signed with the team in 1947 and made his major league debut three years later. He quickly became one of the Yankees’ top pitchers, helping the team to win five consecutive World Series titles from 1949 to 1953.
Ford continued to pitch well into his thirties and was a key member of the Yankees teams that won titles in 1955, 1956, 1958, 1961, and 1962. He retired after the 1967 season with 236 wins, a then-record 3,170 innings pitched, and 1,956 strikeouts. His number 16 was retired by the Yankees in 1974.
Lefty Gomez is one of the best pitchers to ever don a Yankees uniform. A four-time World Series champion, Gomez compiled a record of 189-102 with a 3.34 ERA over his 11 seasons with the Bronx Bombers. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
Gomez was born in California and originally signed with the Yankees in 1930. He made his Major League debut in 1930, but he really burst onto the scene in 1932, when he went 18-10 with a 3.25 ERA and helped the Yankees win their first World Series championship.
Gomez would go on to have several more stellar seasons with the Yankees, including a 19-5 campaign in 1934 and a 21-9 mark in 1937. He was part of two more World Series championship teams in 1936 and 1938.
After being traded to the Washington Senators following the 1942 season, Gomez pitched just one more season before retiring. He passed away in 1989 at the age of 84.
Allie Reynolds is one of the best pitchers in Yankees history. He was an All-Star eight times and won six World Series titles with the team. He also had a no-hitter and a perfect game to his credit. Reynolds was traded to the Yankees from the Cleveland Indians in 1947. He played for the Yankees until 1954, when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox.
Best Pitchers Who Played for Both the Mets and Yankees
Over the years, there have been many great pitchers who have played for both the Mets and Yankees. Some of them have even won Cy Young Awards. Let’s take a look at some of the best pitchers who have played for both of these teams.
David Cone was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1963. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1981 and made his Major League debut with the team in 1986. Cone pitched for the Royals until he was traded to the Mets in 1987. He played for the Mets until 1992, when he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Cone pitched for the Blue Jays until 1995, when he was traded back to the Yankees. He played for the Yankees until 2000, when he signed a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox. Cone retired from baseball in 2003.
During his career, David Cone won five World Series titles (1986 with the Royals, 1988 with the Mets, 1996 with the Yankees, and 1999 and 2000 with the Yankees). He also won the Cy Young Award in 1994. In 1999, he pitched a perfect game against the Montreal Expos.
Roger Clemens was one of the best pitchers of his generation, and though he is most closely associated with the Boston Red Sox, he also had stints with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros. He was a member of the Yankees’ World Series-winning teams in 1999 and 2000, and he won the National League Cy Young Award in 2004 while with the Astros.
Mike Mussina played for both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets, winning a World Series with each team. Mussina was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1990 and played for them for 10 years before being traded to the Yankees. He played for the Yankees for 8 years, winning 5 gold gloves and making 2 all-star teams. Mussina was a key member of the Yankees team that won the World Series in 2000. He left the Yankees after the 2008 season and signed with the Mets. He pitched for the Mets for 2 years, winning a career-high 19 games in his first season with the team. Mussina retired after the 2010 season with a career record of 270-153.