Five Mets Bobblehead Giveaways for 2012: Fan’s Take

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Former Met Keith Hernandez in the broadcast booth.
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The New York Mets on Saturday, February 25th announced their promotions and giveaways schedule for 2012. The slate features the return of Banner Day on May 27th and the Mets Hall of Fame induction of John Franco on June 3rd (here are my thoughts on that). But most Mets fans must be thinking the same thing I am—When are the bobblehead giveaways!?

Here are the five bobblehead dates on the schedule. Which one is your favorite? Who would you like to see as the next Mets bobblehead? Leave your choices and nominations in the comments below.

Tom Seaver (April 22 vs. San Francisco) — What a terrific way to kick off the bobblehead series! Arguably the greatest of all Mets, Seaver is the franchise leader in career wins (198), strikeouts (2,541) and earned run average (2.57). He led the Mets to a World Series title in 1969 and National League pennant in 1973. Seaver, who won three Cy Young awards with the Mets, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Rusty Staub (May 26 vs. San Diego) — Staub, who had two tours of duty with the Mets, was one of the most popular players in team history. In total, he spent nine of his 23 MLB seasons in New York and collected 75 home runs and 399 RBI with a .276 career batting average in that time. Those stats are far from record-setting, but "Le Grand Orange" was clutch—he tied the record for pinch-hit RBI (25) in 1983.

Keith Hernandez (June 17 vs. Cincinnati) — Hernandez won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1979 with the St. Louis Cardinals, but he truly made his mark with the Mets. Traded to New York in June of 1983, Hernandez put the Mets over the top in 1986. He widely is recognized as the best-fielding first baseman in team history and ranks among the franchise leaders in many offensive categories.

Edgardo Alfonzo (July 21 vs. Los Angeles) — Thumbs up for "The Fonz!" A key member of the Mets' 2000 National League championship team, Alfonzo enjoyed his best seasons in New York during the late 19990s. In eight seasons with the Mets, he batted .292 and compiled 120 homers and 538 RBI. A clutch hitter, Alfonzo batted .299 with four homers and 22 RBI in 28 post-season games for the Mets.

Mike Piazza (August 25 vs. Houston) — The trade with the Florida Marlins that brought Piazza to town in 1998 at the time turned around the franchise. Arguably the best hitting catcher in baseball history, Piazza is the team's all-time leader in slugging percentage (.542) and has the second-most home runs (220) and third-most RBI (655) in franchise history. Hey, the Mets will have to do something by mid-August to get fans to buy tickets, especially to see the team play the lowly Astros!

Note: All bobblehead giveaways are limited to the first 25,000 fans, so get to Citi Field early if you are gong to one of those games!

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Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many summer nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Follow Adam and the Mets on Twitter: @PegCitySports.

Sources

Baseball-Reference.com.

The Official Web Site of the New York Mets.

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Updated Saturday, Feb 25, 2012