December 3, 2020

Howard Johnson still only Mets player to lead NL in this category (New York Post)

The 1 and only … Met to lead the National League in RBIs: Howard Johnson

The Time: 1991

The Background: HoJo shared third base with Ray Knight in 1985 and on the 1986 championship Mets before breaking out as the full-time starter in 1987. The switch hitter was a National League All-Star in 1989 during a season in which he hit .287, drove in 101 runs, cracked 36 home runs and led the league with 104 runs scored.

The Skinny: The Mets finished fifth in the NL East in 1991, but Johnson put together one of the best seasons of his career — leading the league in two-thirds of the Triple Crown categories with 117 RBIs and 38 home runs. The 30-year-old drove in a run on the final day of the season to edge Barry Bonds and Will Clark, both of whom finished with 116.

The Others Who Came Closest: Most recently, Pete Alonso’s 120 RBIs in his splendid 2019 rookie season were good enough for third in the NL, six behind leader Anthony Rendon. Two other Mets have come in second place in the NL RBI race, but they had bigger margins behind the top finisher — Darryl Strawberry with 101 RBIs to Clark’s 109 in 1988 and David Wright with 124 RBIs to Ryan Howard’s 146 in 2008. (Mike…

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