Who has the Highest Slugging Percentage for the Mets?

The New York Mets have had a number of big power hitters in their history. Players like Darryl Strawberry, Carlos Beltran and even Dave Kingman may come to mind. Let’s use slugging percentage to determine which of those bats had the biggest impact. Here’s the slugging percentage formula:

“Slugging percentage (SLG) represents the total number of bases a player records per at-bat. The formula for slugging percentage is: (1B + 2Bx2 + 3Bx3 + HRx4)/AB. Slugging percentage is still one of the best evaluators of power, because it accounts for more than just home runs.”

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Here are the Mets with the highest slugging percentage in a season.

Highest Slugging Percentage in a Season

Mets PlayerYearSLG
Mike Piazza2000.614
Mike Piazza1998.607
Bobby Bonilla1995.599
Carlos Beltran2006.594
Pete Alonso
Darryl Strawberry
2019
1987
.583
Mike Piazza1999.575
Mike Piazza2001.573
Bernard Gilkey1996.562
Howard Johnson1989.559

Mike Piazza has the highest slugging percentage (SLG) in a season. Piazza had a .614 SLG in 2000 when the Mets won the NL Pennant. The Mets catcher hit 38 home runs, 26 doubles, and had 156 hits with a .324 batting average in 482 at-bats.

Mike  Piazza hitting

Yeah, Piazza is all over the Mets single-season SLG leader board. He holds the second spot in the list after being traded to the Mets 42 games into the 1998 season. That first year for the Mets he had a .607 SLG. Piazza hit 23 home runs, 33 doubles, and had 137 hits with a .348 batting average in 394 at-bats. It’s no wonder the team locked him up with a long term contract that offseason.

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What about the best SLG over an entire Mets career? It’s not really close, as you might expect. Here are the top all-time highest slugging percentages in a Mets career.

Highest Slugging Percentage in History

Mets PlayerCareer SLG
Mike Piazza.542
Darryl Strawberry.520
Carlos Delgado.506
John Olerud.501
Carlos Beltran.500
Bobby Bonilla.495
David Wright.491
Michael Conforto.481
Cliff Floyd.478
Robin Ventura.468

Mike Piazza has the highest slugging percentage in New York Mets franchise history. Piazza has a .542 SLG over the 8 years he played for the Mets. The catcher hit 220 home runs, 193 doubles, and had 1028 hits with a .296 batting average in 3478 at-bats.

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Darryl Strawberry is in second place with a .520 SLG over the 8 years he played for the Mets. His best slugging percentage was in 1987 when he had a .583 SLG. The right fielder hit 252 home runs, 187 doubles, and had 1025 hits with a .263 batting average in 3903 at-bats with the Mets.