Who Grounded into the Most Double Plays on the Mets?

With one swing of the bat, a player can be a hero or hear the fan’s boos. Game momentum changes when a batter grounds into a double play (GIDP). Which Mets player has been a rally killer most often? Who grounded into the most double plays on the Mets?

Most Grounded into Double Plays in a Season

Mets PlayerYearGIDP
Mike Piazza199927
Cleon Jones
Mike Piazza
1970
2002
26
Steve Henderson
Eddie Murray
1978
1993
24
Frank Thomas196323
John Olerud
Joe Torre
1999
1975
22

Mike Piazza grounded into the most double plays in a Mets season. In 1999 Piazza grounded into 27 double plays which also led the National League. In 593 plate appearances, the Mets catcher hit .303 with 40 home runs and 124 RBIs.

Mike  Piazza hitting

An interesting fact about Joe Torre. In 1975 when he hit into 22 double plays, there was one game that Torre grounded into 4 double plays! On July 21st against Houston, he went 0-4 in a 6-2 Mets loss. The Mets second baseman, Felix Millian, went 4-4 batting ahead of Torre in the lineup. After the game, Torre laughingly blamed Millian. Saying if Felix hadn’t gotten on base so much he wouldn’t have grounded into the 4 double plays!

Related: All of the Mets triple plays.

Most Grounded into Double Plays in History

Mets PlayerCareer GIDP
David Wright152
Ed Kranepool138
Mike Piazza132
Jerry Grote121
Cleon Jones107
Rey Ordonez89
Daniel Murphy86
Rusty Staub82
John Stearns80
Keith Hernandez
Felix Millian
72

David Wright grounded into the most double plays in New York Mets franchise history. Wright hit into 152 double plays in his 14-year career with the Mets. It’s not a surprise since Wright had the most at-bats in Mets history and batted third or fourth most of his career.

David  Wright batting

Related: David Wright’s net worth is a surprise.

Most of the names on the list are not surprising. They’re either long-time Mets or catchers, who are notoriously slow runners. Daniel Murphy and Rey Ordonez are exceptions. But if you think about it, both were hackers – always swinging. Also, there were usually runners on base when they came up to bat.