Ed “RustyJr” Marcus posts to day that Ed Kranepool has finished in his Top 50 Mets of All Time Series. While Ed is my top Mets player of all time I knew he wouldn’t crack the top 5 but I was hoping for a top 10 finish.

Kranepool still leads the club all time in games played as a Met (1853) At Bats (5436) Hits (1418) and Total Bases (2047) and many Mets fans today have either never seen him play or really know who he is so I guess a 13th place finish is quite good for an original Met who played his whole career in blue and orange.

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  1. Met the original Krane twice…once in the mid 80s in Phoenix as the 69 Mets beat up on the 69 Cubs…again in an old timers game, and about ten years ago as he and an NYG RB (now retired) were part of the Tisch Foundation (might still be for all I know) and their Take the Field Program. Both times, Mr. Kranepool was a gentleman.

    Steve, ever get any word on whether or not he reads the blog named in his honor?

  2. George the Stork says:

    I was born in 1962. My dad was a Giant fan, and my mom was a Brooklyn Dodger fan — so we all rooted for the Mets. I missed the early years, but I remember later in Kranepool’s career the “Eddie! Eddie!” chants whenever he’d get up as a pinch-hitter (a la Giacomin). And he usually delivered.

  3. I went to my first major league baseball game in 1964. Mets vs Reds at the shiny new Shea Stadium. My uncle, a NYC cop took me and we went right of the side of the dugout (in those days you could flash a badge and get results) and number 7 signed my glove. I was in awe. I’m still bummed that they ever gave number 7 to another player. I think the fact that Krane retired the same year as the ownership change cost him some honors.

  4. whozgotnext says:

    All Hail Eddie Kranepool. I became a sentient Mets fan in 1972, and Eddie was the only original Met I ever really knew. What a terrific pinch hitter he turned into at the end of his career.

    He is definitely in my top ten all-time Mets.

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