Yankees And Mets: New York Baseball Leaders Since 1962

David Wright, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have spent all season moving up assorted franchise and all-time top lists.

When comparing the all-time leader list for the New York Yankees with the New York Mets, there's really no comparison. The Yankees can pull out the bug guns, like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, while the Mets counter with Ed Kranepool -- well, it's just not fair (and, ok, the Mets have more to offer than Ed Kranepool). If the Brooklyn Dodgers and/or the New York Giants were still around, the majority of Met fans would most likely be rooting for one of those teams, and with names like Willie Mays, Mel Ott, Bill Terry, Duke Snider and Roy Campanella, they would at least have a fighting chance.

The Yanks go back more than a century, while the Mets have only been around for 50 years now (and as we sadly saw in Sunday's old-timers' game at Yankee Stadium, the majority of the old pinstripe legends have passed on, even the ones from the '50s and early '60s, with only a few such as Yogi, Whitey Ford and Jerry Coleman still around to represent the old guard). As a fun little exercise, what if we excluded all Yankees who played before 1962 and only counted those who began their career with the Bombers from 1962 on, the same life span as the Mets? Then what would the lists look like? How would they compare?

Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, David Wright and Darryl Strawberry are all over these lists, of course, but guys like Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Mookie Wilson and John Olerud begin to appear. The Mets are well represented in the pitching and speed categories, while the Yankees still dominate in the power top lists, though there are still, not surprisingly, more Yankees than Mets in most of the categories. But the trivia question of which player hit the most home runs while playing for a New York team and began his career post-1961 may not be so easy to answer.

Batting Average:

1. Wade Boggs: .313; 2. John Olerud .312; 2. Derek Jeter .312; 4. Robinson Cano .308; 5. Don Mattingly .307; 6. Paul O'Neill .303; 6. David Wright .303; 8. Mickey Rivers .299; 9. Keith Hernandez .297; 9. Bernie Williams .297

On Base Percentage:

1. John Olerud .420; 2. Jason Giambi .404; 3. Rickey Henderson .399; 4. Wade Boggs .396; 5. Dave Magadan .391; 6. Alex Rodriguez .388; 7. Keith Hernandez .387; 8. David Wright .384; 9. Derek Jeter .382; 10. Gary Sheffield .381; 10. Bernie Williams .381

Slugging Percentage:

1. Alex Rodriguez .543; 2. Mike Piazza .542; 3. Reggie Jackson .526; 4. Jason Giambi .521; 5. Darryl Strawberry .517; 6. David Wright .511; 7. Carlos Delgado .506; 8. Mark Teixeira .505; 9. Mike Stanley .504; 9. Gary Sheffield .504

WAR:

1. Derek Jeter 67.7; 2. Willie Randolph 51.7; 3. Alex Rodriguez 49.2; 4. Bernie Williams 45.9; 5. Thurman Munson 43.3; 6. Roy White 43.0; 7. Graig Nettles 41.0; 8. Don Mattingly 39.8; 9. Jorge Posada 39.0; 10. Darryl Strawberry 36.9

Home Runs:

1. Alex Rodriguez 297; 2. Darryl Strawberry 293; 3. Bernie Williams 287; 4. Jorge Posada 275; 5. Graig Nettles 250; 6. Derek Jeter 247; 7. Don Mattingly 222; 8. Mike Piazza 220; 9. Jason Giambi 209; 10. Dave Winfield 205

RBIs:

1. Bernie Williams 1,257; 2. Derek Jeter 1,221; 3. Don Mattingly 1,099; 4. Jorge Posada 1,065; 5. Alex Rodriguez 938; 6. Paul O'Neill 858; 7. Graig Nettles 854; 8. Darryl Strawberry 847; 9. Dave Winfield 818; 10. David Wright 775

Runs:

1. Derek Jeter 1,810; 2. Bernie Williams 1,366; 3. Willie Randolph 1,056; 4. Don Mattingly 1,007; 5. Roy White 964; 6. Jorge Posada 900; 7. Alex Rodriguez 858; 8. Darryl Strawberry 767; 9. David Wright 752; 10. Graig Nettles 750

Hits:

1. Derek Jeter 3,186; 2. Bernie Williams 2,336; 3. Don Mattingly 2,153; 4. Roy White 1,803; 4. Willie Randolph 1,803; 6. Jorge Posada 1,664; 7. Thurman Munson 1,558; 8. Paul O'Neill 1,426; 9. Ed Kranepool 1,418; 10. Graig Nettles 1,396

Doubles:

1. Derek Jeter 505; 2. Bernie Williams 449; 3. Don Mattingly 442; 4. Jorge Posada 379; 5. Robinson Cano 309; 6. David Wright 307; 7. Paul O'Neill 304; 8. Roy White 300; 9. Willie Randolph 270; 10. Dave Winfield 236

Triples:

1. Jose Reyes 99; 2. Derek Jeter 65; 3. Mookie Wilson 62; 4. Willie Randolph 59; 5. Bernie Williams 55; 6. Roy White 51; 7. Bud Harrelson 45; 8. Dave Winfield 35; 9. Cleon Jones 33; 9. Darryl Strawberry 33

Stolen Bases:

1. Jose Reyes 370; 2. Rickey Henderson 368; 3. Derek Jeter 345; 4. Mookie Wilson 281; 5. Willie Randolph 252; 6. Roy White 233; 7. Darryl Strawberry 207; 8. Howard Johnson 202; 9. David Wright 159; 10. Lee Mazzilli 154

Wins:

1. Andy Pettitte 206; 2. Tom Seaver 198; 3. Dwight Gooden 181; 4. Ron Guidry 170; 5. Mel Stottlemyre 164; 6. David Cone 145; 7. Jerry Koosman 140; 8. Mike Mussina 123; 9. Fritz Peterson 109; 10. Al Leiter 106

ERA:

1. Goose Gossage 2.14; 2. Mariano Rivera 2.21; 3. Sparky Lyle 2.41; 4. Tom Seaver 2.57; 5. Jesse Orosco 2.79; 6. Johan Santana 2.84; 7. Lindy McDaniel 2.89; 8. Steve Kline 2.96; 9. Mel Stottlemyre 2.97; 10. Jon Matlack 3.03

Strikeouts:

1. Tom Seaver 2,541; 2. Dwight Gooden 2,089; 3. David Cone 2,060; 4. Andy Pettitte 1,882; 5. Jerry Koosman 1,799; 6. Ron Guidry 1,778; 7. Sid Fernandez 1,449; 8. Mike Mussina 1,278; 9. Al Leiter 1,261; 10. Mel Stottlemyre 1,257

Saves:

1. Mariano Rivera 608; 2. John Franco 276; 3. Dave Righetti 224; 4. Armando Benitez 160; 5. Goose Gossage 151; 6. Sparky Lyle 141; 7. Jesse Orosco 107; 8. Billy Wagner 101; 9. Tug McGraw 86; 10. Roger McDowell 84

(Note: All stats combine Yankee/Met numbers for players who played for both teams. Stats for active players are through Sunday's games.)

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