NEW YORK — Throughout their history, the Mets have established lofty standards when it comes to retired numbers. With the exception of Gil Hodges, who passed away as an active manager, the Mets have only allowed the numbers of Hall of Famers to grace the upper deck of Citi Field. They waited until Mike Piazza earned induction into Cooperstown to honor him in Flushing.
That has led to the absence of several popular players — Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter (who went in the Hall as an Expo), for example — from their retired-number ranks. Those standards were softened when left-hander Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 was retired by the club on Aug. 28. It’s the fifth number to be retired by the Mets.