Record: 108-54, Finished 1st in NL Eastern Division (1986 NL)
World Series Champs
Managed by Davey Johnson
Ballpark: Shea Stadium
 Season highlights
The New York Mets were built to win in 1986. After their 98-win season the previous year the pressure was on. The team was built upon Dwight Gooden, the National League's best pitcher, and Darryl Strawberry, arguably the National League's most feared home run hitter. Bob Ojeda and Tim Teufel were picked up in trades in the offseason from Boston and Minnesota, respectively. In an interesting footnote, Teufel was traded in part for Billy Beane, the Moneyball General Manager of the Oakland A's.
The Mets ran away with the NL Eastern Division, never looking back after April 20th. They went on to win the National League Championship Series and the World Series.
 Further Reading
- Howard Burman: Season of Ghosts: The '86 Mets and the Red Sox, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2013. ISBN 978-0-7864-7042-6
- Jeff Pearlman: The Bad Guys Won: A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform - and Maybe the Best, Harper Collins, New York, NY, 2004. ISBN 0060507330