David Wright sits at the All-Star break with a batting average of .351 and on base percentage of .441. Both are just a shade shy of the New York Mets single-season records. Cleon Jones hit .340 in 1969, and that stood as the franchise standard for decades until John Olerud topped it, batting .354, in 1998. Most Met fans can recite those two numbers, but what is the team record for OBP? Wright's top OBP season was 2007 (.416), which ranks 10th on the team's all-time list. Rounding out the sixth through ninth spots are Rickey Henderson (.423, 1999), Cleon Jones (.422, 1969), Dave Magadan (.417, 1990) and Mike Piazza (.417, 1998). Here are the Top 5:
4. Keith Hernandez, 1983, .424 (tie): Hernandez had to be on here somewhere. He had a plus-.400 OBP three times with the Mets, and the first came in the year he was shipped to Queens, playing in 95 games for them that season (1984 and '86 were the other two seasons). He was also over the .400 mark three times with the St. Louis Cardinals, and led the NL in 1980. Hernandez had a .387 OBP as a Met, and .384 overall in his career.
4. Richie Ashburn, 1962, .424 (tie): Who would have guessed that a member of the 1962 Amazin's would be on this list? Ashburn ended his career on a low note team-wise but a high one personally. He was the Mets MVP in their inaugural year (and his last), batting .306, with an .817 OPS. He led the team in walks (81) and tied for the lead in stolen bases (12). He came in over the .400 mark in OBP six times in his career, and led the league four times. The Hall of Famer had a career .396 OBP and also recorded the most hits of any player in the 1950s.
3. Edgardo Alfonzo, 2000, .425: This was the season when Alfonzo peaked, and it was one of the best in team history. To go along with his .425 OBP, he batted .324, slugged .542, had a.967 OPS, 147 OPS+, hit 25 home runs and drove in 94 runs. It was his only season with a plus-.400 OBP. In eight years with the Mets, he had a .367 OBP and .357 overall for his career.
2. John Olerud, 1999, .427: The quiet first baseman set a team record with 125 walks in '99, had an OPS of .890, OPS+ of 129, hit 19 home runs and notched 96 RBIs. Olerud recorded a .400 or better OBP in all of his three seasons with the Mets and six times overall in his career, with a high of .473 in his incredible 1993 season (.363 average, 1.072 OPS).
1. John Olerud, 1998, .447: His OPS of .998 that season was the third best in franchise history, he had an OPS+ of 163, banged out 197 hits, hit 22 home runs and drove in 93 runs. All that plus his smooth fielding made it one of the great seasons the Mets have ever known. Olerud had a .425 OBP as a Met and .398 for his career. He never won a Gold Glove or made an All-Star team as a Met, which just doesn't seem right.