Though Met Park couldn't take credit for producing Doc Gooden as he was already an MLB All-Star many times over when he came here, David Cone was just 11 relief appearances into his MLB career and still well below rookie status. David Cone would come to Met Park for 3 games and post a 5.73 ERA after just being traded to the Mets from the Royals where he had been a relief pitcher. Who could have known that after posting such terrible numbers in those 3 games that in 1988, he would have one of the best winning percentages ever in history by a New York Met finishing the season at 20-3, 2.22 and earning his first All-Star game. Cone would have another incredible season in 1998 going 20-7, 3.55 to lead the Majors in wins and earn his first ever Cy Young Award... the second Met Park alumni ever to do so (joining Mike Scott). With his 5 Mid-Summer Classic appearances over the course of his career, Cone had the 2nd most All-Stars nods to come from Met Park (Strawberry had 8). With Cone came what the Mets believed, would be their next true phenom. In fact if you compare him to other future Mets phenoms such as Billy Beane, Terry Blocker, Tim Leary, Mike Vail, Clint Hurdle and a host of others who came with all the pomp and press and turned into complete busts... he would indeed be so. After batting .354 in Advanced Single-A Lynchburg, .330 in Single-A Columbia and a whopping .367 in Double-A Jackson with 48 2B, 20 HR, 101 RBI and a 1.021 OPS, everyone was expecting something incredible to come from Gregg Jefferies when he finally came to Met Park. 1988 saw Jefferies take his signature made bats... and hit a very average .282 with 28 2B and 7 HR (32 SB). This wasn't what the Mets were expecting from the phenom who some thought was the Mets' answer to Derek Jeter after putting up nearly identical numbers in the Minors as the future Hall of Famer. Jefferies joined the Mets in 1989 for his first full season and hit just .258. It seemed Jefferies might be yet another bust. The Mets of course blamed it on him being incessantly teased by his teammates and as we stated earlier... the Mets sent McDowell and Dykstra packing to Philadelphia (which ruined what was left of the great '86 team forever) hoping to "save" their precious new rookie.