Are the 2013 Mets the next 1983 Mets?

The 1983 Mets were not a good team.  They finished the season with a 68-94 record, which is the same record I predicted for the 2013 version.  They were also a team that was on the horizon and was about to embark on a run from 1984-1989 that produced one World Series victory and lots of exciting baseball in New York for six seasons.

What do the 1983 Mets have in common with the 2013 Mets?  They were a young team that had a few players that needed to mature, some young pieces that needed to come up and make an impact, a key player to be acquired not yet on the roster, and in mid-season had the veteran that would (later) be named Captain.

In 1983 the main “everyday” roster consisted of:

1B – Keith Hernandez

2B – Brian Giles

SS – Jose Oquendo

3B – Hubie Brooks

OF – George Foster

OF – Mookie Wilson

OF – Darryl Strawberry

C – Ron Hodges

SP – Tom Seaver

SP – Mike Torres

SP – Ed Lynch

SP – Walt Terrell

SP – Craig Swan

RP – Doug Sisk

RP – Jessee Orosco

RP – Scott Holman

By 1984 – the team improved significantly to a 90-72 record and finished 2nd in the division

1B – Keith Hernandez

2B – Wally Backman

SS – Jose Oquendo

3B – Hubie Brooks

OF – Darryl Strawberry

OF – Mookie Wilson

OF – George Foster

C – Mike Fitzgerald

SP – Dwight Gooden

SP – Walt Terrell

SP – Ron Darling

SP – Ed Lynch

SP – Bruce Berenyi

RP – Jesse Orosco

RP – Doug Sisk

RP – Brent Gaff

A couple of young players that were part of the 1986 team grew up, became more experienced, and the team was on the way to better things.  in 1985, the team improved to 98 wins as Gary Carter came on board.  Ray Knight/Howard Johnson were added.  Rafael Santana took over as the full time Shortstop.  Roger McDowell came up.  Sid Fernandez, who also came up the prior year, was in the rotation for 26 starts.  The core of what was to be that magical 1986 season was there.

In 1983, when the team was terrible, the future was bright and the following contributors in 1986 were sitting in the minors:

Wally Backman – played 101 games and hit .316 in AAA Tidewater.

Ron Darling – made 27 starts at AAA Tidewater.

Kevin Mitchell – hit .299 with 15 HR in 120 games for AA Jackson.

Roger McDowell – made 26 starts with 172 IP for AA Jackson.

Lenny Dykstra – hit .358 in 136 games for A+ Lynchburg.

Dwight Gooden – made 27 starts for A+ Lynchburg.

Rick Aguilera – made 15 starts for A Little Falls.

The future was bright then.  It’s bright now.  The turnaround starts next year.  We just need a little patience.

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