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The New York Mets began as an expansion team in 1962. They were founded as a replacement for the recently departed Giants and Dodgers, who both moved to California. The Mets first home was Shea Stadium, but Citi Field in Queens became their home in 2009. Their inaugural season included a dubious achievement: the Mets tallied only 40 wins and 120 losses. The Mets were continually in either last or next-to-last place until 1969, when the "Miracle Mets" upset the powerful Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. In 2000, the Mets played in the subway series against their cross-town rivals, the New York Yankees, where the Yankees won in five games. Among all-time famous Mets players are Gary Carter, Rickey Henderson, Eddie Murray, Nolan Ryan, and Tom Seaver.
Citi Field, Home to the New York Mets
New York's National League baseball team, the Mets, have called Citi Field home since 2009. Located in the Queens neighborhood of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Citi Field was constructed adjacent to the now-demolished Shea Stadium, where the Mets played for 45 seasons. Citi Field's most significant feature is its Home Run Apple in center field, which rises and lights up whenever a Mets player hits a home run. Citi Field pays homage to former New York sports stadiums with its green seats, reminiscent of the Polo Grounds, and its exterior built to mimic Ebbets Field.
New York Mets and the National League East
The New York Mets are in the National League East division, along with the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals. They have captured the division title five times and have advanced to the World Series four of those times. Their rivalry with the powerhouse New York Yankees is well known, and the games between the two are always high profile and emotionally charged.
New York Mets 2012 Team Outlook
Fans of the New York Mets were excited when Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta took over the team after the 2010 season. These two men, along with Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, were the original architects of "Moneyball," a system designed to help small-market teams compete by exploiting undervalued resources. However, this concept also demands patience when players become overvalued, which helps to explain why the Mets have done little to improve a team that only won 77 games last season. Other than the addition of a few bullpen pieces, the Mets have done essentially nothing in the free-agent market. After watching Jose Reyes sign with the newly emerging Marlins, the Mets are counting on players like Johan Santana and David Wright to carry the team in 2012.