It was a new decade and a renewed time for hope for New York Mets fans. They may not have been able to see it just yet, but their future was coming quickly and it was coming here at Met Park. 1980 brought the next future superstar to the team in 2x Silver Slugger and 2x Major League All-Star Hubie Brooks. Hubie was a 1st round draft pick from 1975-1978 and was drafted 5 times overall in his early career opting instead to go to Mesa Community College and Arizona State @ Tempe rather than accept the big money. Finally in 1978 the Mets swooped in (after he turned down 3 other 1st round draft offers by the A's and White Sox (twice)), signing him 3rd overall in the entire nation after Bob Horner and Lloyd Moseby and in front of Kirk Gibson, Mike Morgan, and Andy Hawkins. Brooks looked Major League ready as soon as he stepped up to the plate here at The Met as he posted 18 2B, 14 SB and batted .297 on his way to becoming a huge part of the Mets immediate future. Hubie Brooks would be with the Mets by 1981 and batted .307 to prove he belonged in the "show". Hubie would as usual, become an All-Star Game on another team but for a change, it wasn't the Mets on the short-side of the deal. Brooks would be traded to the Montreal Expos for Gary Carter who was sensational in leading the Mets to the World Series in 1986. No doubt however... Hubie's 18 2B, 14 HR and whopping .340 batting average in 1986 would have been useful to the Mets as well. Brooks would hit 35 2B and 20 HR with 90 RBI's while batting .279 in 1988 and again have 20 HR and 90 RBI in 1990. He would also hit 100 RBI's in 1985. This 1980's team also featured another major impact player at 2B when Wally Backman batted .293 with 15 2B and 11 SB along with a terrific .415 OBP. Wally would hit .320 for the WS bound Mets in 1986 and be a huge part of their domination of the late 1980's... as would Ed Lynch (13-6, 3.15).