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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Founded:1962

                                                                                                                                                                                                           League: National League

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Division: NL East

     The New York Mets are an MLB team that plays in Citi Field at Queens, New York. 2011 is their 50th season, and in their illustrious career, they have won 2 World Series, in 1969 and 1986 (tied with the Blue Jays and Marlins for most World Championships among expansion teams), and were NL Champions in 1973 and 2000. They have won the NL East Division 5 times, in 1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, and 2006. They have won the NL Wild Card in 1999 and 2000. They have retired 3 numbers. The first number they retired was 37 for Casey Stengel in 1965. Stengel was the first ever Mets' manager, from 1962 to mid-1965. They retired 14 for Gil Hodges in 1973. Hodges played for the Mets in 1962 and 1963, and in 1962 he hit the first home run in Mets history. He also managed the Mets from 1968 to 1971 before dying of a heart attack in 1972. He was the manager behind the 1969 "Miracle Mets", who were called this because before 1969, the Mets had never finished higher than 9th (second to last) in the National League. The last number they retired was 41 for Tom Seaver in 1988. Seaver was the best pitcher in Mets history. He pitched for the Mets from 1967 to 1977, and in 1983. He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1967, and three NL Cy Young Awards, in 1969, 1973, and 1975. He is the only player in the Baseball Hall of Fame with a Mets cap. He also had the highest voting percentage in Hall of Fame history (98.84%). In 1997 there was a ceremony at Shea Stadium, the Mets' home from 1964 to 2008, to retire Jackie Robinson's number 42 for all of MLB. The only player to wear 42 is Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, due to a grandfather clause. In 2008 the Mets also put the name Shea by the retired numbers for William A. Shea, a law attorney who helped create the Mets.

These are the Mets' records in the last 5 years:

Year Record Place in NL East Notes

2006 97-65 1st Lost NLCS in 7 games

2007 88-74 2nd Lost division by 1 game

2008 89-73 2nd Last year at Shea Stadium

2009 70-92 4th First year at Citi Field

2010 79-83 4th 13-5 in interleague games

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