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New York Yankees – New York Mets
Yankees Logo  Mets Logo
First Meeting June 16, 1997
Last Meeting June 28, 2009
Next Meeting May 21, 2010
Number of Meetings 77
All-Time Series NYY, 46-31
Regular Season Series NYY, 42-30
Number of Post-Season Meetings NYY, 4-1
All-Time Post-Season Series NYY, 1-0
Longest NYY Win Streak 7 games (6/30/2002 - 6/29/2003)
Longest NYM Win Streak 3 games (7/2/2004 - 7/4/2004 & 5/17/2008 - 6/27/2008)
*Not including Mayor's Trophy games
Post Season History
Post Season Meetings NYY, 4-1
2000 World Series Yankees won, 4-1

The New York Yankees-New York Mets rivalry is the latest incarnation of the Subway Series, the competition between New York City's Major League Baseball teams, the American League New York Yankees and the National League New York Mets. Until Interleague play started, the two teams had only met in exhibition games. Since the inception of interleague play the teams have met in every season since 1997 and faced off in the 2000 World Series, which the Yankees won in 5 games.




1962–1996: Formation of the Mets, Mayor's Trophy Game and Pre-Interleague Era

With the departure of the New York Giants to San Francisco and the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958, the Yankees were New York City's only Major League Baseball team until 1962, when the expansion Mets joined the National League. The Mets sought to create a fan base from fans of the departed teams. The Mets hired former Yankee legend Casey Stengel as their first manager. Both teams shared Shea Stadium as their home field when Yankee Stadium was being refit during the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

The teams occasionally met in spring training games and from 1963 to 1983 they played annually in the Mayor's Trophy Game, an in-season exhibition game, where the Yankees posted a record of 10-8-1 over the Mets.[1]

Mayor's Trophy Game Results (Yankees lead 10-8-1)

Date Result Location
6/20/1963 Mets 6 Yankees 2 Yankee Stadium
8/24/1964 Yankees 4 Mets 6 Shea Stadium
5/3/1965 Mets 2 Yankees 1
6/27/1966 Yankees 2 Mets 5 Shea Stadium
7/12/1967 Mets 4 Yankees 0 Yankee Stadium
5/27/1968 Mets 4 Yankees 3 Shea Stadium
9/29/1969 Mets 7 Yankees 6 Shea Stadium
8/17/1970 Yankees 4 Mets 9 Yankee Stadium
9/9/1971 Yankees Mets Shea Stadium
8/24/1972 Yankees 2 Mets 1 Yankee Stadium
5/10/1973 Mets 8 Yankees 4 Shea Stadium
5/30/1974 Yankees 4 Mets 9
5/15/1975 Yankees 9 Mets 4
6/14/1976 Yankees 4 Mets 8 Yankee Stadium
6/23/1977 Mets 6 Yankees 4 Shea Stadium
4/27/1978 Yankees 3 Mets 4
4/16/1979 Mets 1 Yankees 1
5/27/1982 Mets 4 Yankees 1 Yankee Stadium
4/21/1983 Yankees 1 Mets 4 Shea Stadium

The Yankees won the World Series in 1962, the Mets inaugural season, and would not win again until 1977, the same year that future Yankees manager Joe Torre made his managerial debut with the Mets. During that Yankee drought, the Mets won their first World Series in 1969 and made it to the Fall Classic again in 1973 (with former Yankee catcher Yogi Berra as manager in '73). The 1980s would be the only decade since the 1910s where the Yankees did not win a World Series. In contrast, the Mets enjoyed success during much of the decade and won the World Series in 1986. The Yankees would not return to the Series until 1996. The Yankees team that won that series included former Mets Dwight Gooden and David Cone, and Darryl Strawberry.

1997 - 1999: Interleague Regular Season Play Begins

In 1997, Major League Baseball scheduled official regular season games between the American and National Leagues for the first time. On June 16, 1997 the Mets and the Yankees played their first official game at Yankee Stadium, which the Mets won 6-0 behind a shutout by Dave Mlicki. The Yankees would go on to win this first subway series 2 games to 1. Starting in 1999, Major League Baseball expanded Interleague play allowing both teams to host a series at their home stadiums. In 1999 at Shea the Mets won their first series from the Yankees, 2 games to 1 although the regular season series was tied by virtue of a Yankees series win (2 to 1) earlier that year.

The 1999 season marked the first time both the teams reached the playoffs in the same season.

2000: First World Series Meeting

A year later the Yankees and Mets made it to the 2000 World Series. It was the Yankees 4th World Series appearance in 5 years and the Mets first appearance since they last won the World Series, in 1986. It was the first "Subway" World Series since 1956. The first World Series game between the two teams resulted in an extra innings Yankee win capped by a walk-off hit by former Met Jose Vizcaino. Coincidentally, Vizcaino was one of 3 players to have played for all four (one-time) New York teams -- the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Francisco Giants.

Controversy ensued when Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens (who had pitched for the Yankees' arch-rival Boston Red Sox against the Mets in the 1986 World Series) faced Mets star Mike Piazza for the first time since Clemens hit Piazza in the head with a fastball earlier in the season, giving Piazza a concussion and forcing him to go on the disabled list. In the World Series match-up, Piazza shattered his bat after fouling off one of Clemens' pitches, and the splintered bathead hurtled towards the mound. Clemens threw the bathead towards the baseline and nearly hit Piazza who had been running down the foul line. The incident caused both benches to clear.

The Yankees went on to win the game and took the series four games to one.

2001–present: The Rivalry Continues in the 21st Century

Subway Series 2008, Johnny Damon with the Yankees (left) and Brian Schneider with the Mets
A Subway Series game at Shea Stadium on 6/27/2008, with Citi Field under construction beyond the outfield.
A full house at Yankee Stadium for a Subway Series game against the Mets on 6/16/2007.

The 2000 World Series championship was the Yankees' most recent title until their 2009 World Series win. Since their appearance in the World Series with the Yankees, the Mets would go on to have several losing seasons until the emergence of David Wright and José Reyes.

  • In 2002, Roger Clemens faced the Mets for the first time at Shea Stadium since the Piazza controversy. Because he was forced to bat, Mets pitcher Shawn Estes attempted to hit Clemens in retaliation but instead threw a pitch behind Clemens, prompting the home plate umpire to warn both benches. Estes later homered off of Clemens as the Mets would go on to win the game.
  • 2003 - the Yankees become the first and, through 2009, only team to sweep the season series, winning all six games, including a 2 park day-night doubleheader.
  • 2004 - the Mets win the season series for the first time, going 4-2 and sweeping the 3 games at Shea Stadium.
  • In 2005, the Mets signed Manager Willie Randolph, who coached with the Yankees for over a decade. Randolph played much of his career with the Yankees and also played for the Mets before retiring as a player. Because of his history with the Yankees championship teams of the 70's (as a player) and the 1990s (as a coach), he holds a very cordial relationship with Yankee fans despite his tenure with the Mets organization, as noted by a Subway (a pun on the restaurant's name and the Subway Series) commercial featuring him and former Yankees manager Joe Torre, who had managed the Yankees during their most recent dynastic run. Torre had also been associated with the Mets as they were the last team he ever played for and the first team he ever managed. On August 2, 2008, less than two months after his abrupt and controversial dismissal as Mets manager, Randolph was greeted with a standing ovation by the Yankee Stadium crowd when he appeared in a Yankees uniform for the Old-Timers' Game. [2]
  • Both teams in 2006 finished at the top of their division during the same season for the first time in history. Despite sharing baseball's best regular season records, both teams would have disappointing postseasons as they both would lose enroute to the two teams that eventually met in that season's World Series, the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • The teams inverse success relationship was highlighted in 2007. On May 29, the Yankees were tied for last place and 14.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox while the Mets were in first place ahead of the Atlanta Braves by 4 games, with the lead being as high as 7 games during mid-September. A late season meltdown led to the Mets being eliminated from playoff contention, losing the NL East title to the Philadelphia Phillies on the last day of the season. On the other hand, the Yankees rebounded from their losing ways earlier that season and clinched their 13th consecutive playoff berth.
  • March 24, 2008 : In an article written in the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez said how he regretted signing with the Texas Rangers (the team the Yankees acquired him from) in the first place and wished he had signed with the Mets rather than Texas. Rodriguez stated how he listened to his agent Scott Boras about taking more money instead and did not want to make the same mistake of not being on a team he liked playing for by leaving the Yankees. [3]
  • June 27, 2008 : In the first game of a day-night doubleheader against the Yankees, Carlos Delgado scored 9 RBIs (including a grand slam) in a 15-6 victory, setting a Mets team record for most RBIs in a single game and tying the record for most RBIs in a single game by a visiting player at Yankee Stadium.
  • 2008 - For just the second time, the Mets win the season series vs. the Yankees, 4-2, including the Mets' first-ever sweep of the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
  • The 2008 season marked the first time since 1993 that both the Yankees and Mets failed to qualify for the postseason. Coincidentally, it was the last year both teams played at their old respective ballparks, Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. Yogi Berra was present at the closing ceremonies of both stadiums. Both teams finished with the same record that year.
  • June 12, 2009: Both teams played each other for the first time at the new Yankee Stadium. The game had several lead changes, including Mariano Rivera giving up the go ahead run to the Mets in the 8th until the bottom of the 9th. After Derek Jeter stole 2nd base and Mark Texiera was intentionally walked, the Mets new closer Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) paired off against Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod). In what seemed a routine pop with 2 outs, Mets 2nd baseman and three time gold glove award winner Luis Castillo dropped the ball. Texiera wound up scoring the winning run all the way from 1B on the error. It would prove to be the Yankees 7th walk off game that season and the first statistical blown save for K-Rod as a Met. After the game, injured Yankees pitcher Brian Bruney criticized K-Rod and his animated behavior on the mound to reporters. "[It] couldn't have happened to a better guy on the mound, either," said Bruney. "He's got a tired act. ... He gets what he deserves, man. I just don't like watching the guy pitch. I think it's embarrassing." Rodriguez responded, "Instead of sending a message in the paper, next time when he sees me at Citi Field, come up to me and say it. Don't be sending a message to the media. I don't even know who that guy is, somewhere in Double-A and not even pitching one full season." [4]
  • June 14, 2009 - Francisco Rodriguez confronts Bruney during batting practice and are separated by teammates. The Yankees shutout the Mets 15-0 in the biggest blowout in the history of the series, tagging Met ace Johan Santana for 9 runs in 3 1/3 innings, the most Santana has ever allowed in his career.[5]
  • June 26, 2009 - The two teams played each other for the first time at Citi Field. Alex Rodriguez hit his 564th home run, moving past Reggie Jackson into 11th place on the career home run list. The Yankees beat the Mets 9-1 after the Mets had committed 3 errors in one inning, the most ever against the Yankees.
  • June 28, 2009 - Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who entered the game to face a batter in the 8th inning, bats against Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez at the top of the 9th inning. Rivera drew a walk with the bases loaded, forcing in Brett Gardner to score to earn his first career RBI. Rivera would go on to finish the game and earn his 500th career save.

Year-by-year results

Regular Season

Year Series Winner Yankees W Mets W Notes
1997 Yankees 2 1 Played at Yankee Stadium
1998 Yankees 2 1 Played at Shea Stadium
1999 Tie 3 3 First year of 6-game home-and-away format
2000 Yankees 4 2 Yankees sweep split-ballpark doubleheader on 7/9
2001 Yankees 4 2
2002 Tie 3 3
2003 Yankees 6 0 First—and only—season series sweep
2004 Mets 2 4 First season series win for Mets
2005 Tie 3 3
2006 Tie 3 3
2007 Tie 3 3
2008 Mets 2 4 Teams split split-ballpark doubleheader on 6/27
2009 Yankees 5 1 New Yankee Stadium and Citi Field open
Overall Yankees (6-2-5) 42 30

Fan demographics

In 1998, the Independent Budget Office of the City of New York published a study on the economic impact of the city's two Major League Baseball teams, and included an analysis of where fans of both the Mets and the Yankees resided. It found that people leaned more towards the Mets in the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island – which, interestingly, is the home of the Yankees farm team, the Staten Island Yankees – and the Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk, whereas the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, the New York counties of Westchester and Rockland, and New Jersey and Connecticut leaned more towards the Yankees.[6] It is also believed that Yankees fans tend to root for the New York Giants (who once played in Yankee Stadium) and the New York Rangers, while Mets fans tend to root for the New York Jets (who once played in Shea Stadium) and New York Islanders.[7]

In a June 2009 poll conducted by the New York Times, Cornell University and NY1, 34% of New York residents supported the Yankees, 25% supporting the Mets, while 34% say they do not have an allegiance to either team, and 6% considering themselves fans of both teams. Older people were split, younger supported the Yankees 2-to-1. [8]

People with both organizations

Players in bold face indicate World Series won with both teams

Name Yankees Mets
Juan Acevedo P 2003 P 1997
Jack Aker P 1969-1972 P 1974
Neil Allen P 1985, 1987-1988 P 1979-1983
Sandy Alomar, Sr. IF/OF 1974-1976 IF 1967
Jason Anderson P 2003, 2005 P 2003
Tucker Ashford 2B/PH 1981 3B/2B/C 1983
Armando Benítez P 2003 P 1999-2003
Tim Burke P 1992 P 1991-1992
Ray Burris P 1979 P 1979-1980
A.J. Burnett P 2009-present P (minor league affiliates) 1995-1997
Yogi Berra C 1946-1963, manager 1964, 1984-1985, coach 1976-1983 C 1965, coach 1965–1972, manager 1972-1975
Angel Berroa 3B 2009 SS 2009-present
Daryl Boston OF 1994 OF 1990-1992
Darren Bragg OF 2001 OF 2001
Miguel Cairo IF 2004, 2006-2007 IF 2005
John Candelaria P 1988-1989 P 1987
Duke Carmel 1B 1965 OF/1B 1963
Alberto Castillo C/DH 2002 C/DH 1995-1998
Rick Cerone C/IF/P 1980-1984, 1987, 1990 C 1991
Tony Clark 1B 2004 1B/LF 2003
David Cone P 1995-2000, broadcaster 2008-present P 1987-1992, 2003
Billy Cowan OF 1969 OF/IF 1965
Wilson Delgado IF 2000 SS 2004
Dock Ellis P 1976-1977 P 1979
Kevin Elster SS/2B 1994-1995 SS 1986-1992
Scott Erickson P 2006 P 2004
Alvaro Espinoza IF/P 1988-1991 IF 1996
Tony Fernandez SS/2B 1995 SS 1993
Tim Foli IF/OF 1984 IF 1970-1971, 1978-1979
Bob Friend P 1966 P 1966
Karim Garcia OF 2002-2003 OF 2004
Rob Gardner P 1970-1972 P 1965-1966
Paul Gibson P 1993-1994, 1996 P 1992-1993
Jesse Gonder C 1960-1961 C 1963-1965
Dwight Gooden P 1996-1997, 2000 P 1984-1994
Dallas Green manager 1989 P 1966, manager 1993-1996
Lee Guetterman P 1988-1992 P 1992
Greg Harris P 1994 P 1981
Fran Healy C 1976-1978, broadcaster 1981-1983 broadcaster 1984-2005
Rickey Henderson LF 1985-1989 LF 1999-2000, coach 2006-2007
Felix Heredia P 2003-2004 P 2005
Orlando Hernández P 1998-2002, 2004 P 2006-2008
Keith Hughes PH 1987 OF 1990
Stan Jefferson OF 1989 OF 1986
Lance Johnson OF 1996-1997 OF 2000
Russ Johnson IF/OF 2005 IF (minor league affiliate) 2003
Randy Keisler P 2000-2001 P (minor league affiliates) 2004
Dave Kingman OF/DH 1977 OF/1B 1975-1977, 1981-1983
Tim Leary P 1990-1992 P 1981, 1983-1984
Ricky Ledée OF 1998-2000 OF 2006-2007
Al Leiter P 1987-1989, 2005, broadcaster 2006-present P 1998-2004
Cory Lidle P 2006 P 1997
Phil Linz IF/OF 1962-1965 IF/OF 1967-1968
Graeme Lloyd P 1996-1998 P 2003
Phil Lombardi OF/C 1986-1987 C/1B 1989
Rob MacDonald P 1995 P 1996
Elliott Maddox OF/IF 1974-1976 IF/OF 1978-1980
Jeff Manto 1B/3B 1999 IF (minor league affiliate) 1994
Josias Manzanillo P 1995 P 1993-1995, 1999
Lee Mazzilli OF/1B 1982, coach 2000–2003, 2006 OF/1B 1976-1982, 1986-1989, broadcaster 2007-present
Doc Medich P 1972-1975 P 1977
Tim McCarver Broadcaster 1999-2001 Broadcaster 1983-1998
Doug Mientkiewicz 1B 2007 1B 2005
Dale Murray P 1983-1985 P 1978-1979
Xavier Nady OF 2008-present OF 2006
John Olerud 1B 2004 1B 1997-1999
Bob Ojeda P 1994 P 1986-1990
John Pacella P 1982 P 1977, 1979-1980
Andy Phillips IF 2004-2007 IF 2008
Jeff Reardon P 1994 P 1979-1981
Hal Reniff P 1961-1967 P 1961-1967
Willie Randolph 2B 1976-1988, coach 1994-2004 2B 1992, manager 2005-2008
Kenny Rogers P 1996-1997 P 1999
Rey Sanchez IF 1997, 2005 SS/1F 2003
Rafael Santana SS 1988 SS/2B 1984-1987
Don Schulze P 1989 P 1987
Tom Seaver broadcaster 1989-1993 P 1967-1977, 1983, broadcaster 1999-2005
Gary Sheffield OF/DH 2004-2006 OF 2009
Bill Short P 1960 P 1968
Ruben Sierra OF 1995-1996, 2003-2005 OF (minor league affiliate) 1998
Ken Singleton broadcastor 1997-present OF 1970-71
Charley Smith 3B 1967-1968 IF/OF 1964-1965
Shane Spencer OF/1B 1998-2002 OF/1B 2004
Roy Staiger 3B 1979 3B/SS 1975-1977
Mike Stanton P 1997-2002, 2005 P 2003-2004
Casey Stengel manager 1949-1960 manager 1962-1965
Kelly Stinnett C 2006 C 1994-1995, 2006
Tom Sturdivant P 1955-1959 P 1964
Mel Stottlemyre P 1964-1974, coach 1996-2005 coach 1984-1993
Darryl Strawberry OF 1995-1999 OF 1983-1990, broadcaster 2007-present
Bill Sudakis 1B/3B/C 1974 1B/C 1972
Ron Swoboda OF 1971-1973 OF 1965-1971
Frank Tanana P 1993 P 1993
Tony Tarasco OF 1999 OF/1B 2002
Walt Terrell P 1989 P 1982-1984
Ryan Thompson OF 2000 OF 1992-1995
Marv Throneberry 1B/OF 1955, 1958-1959 1B 1962-1963
Dick Tidrow P 1974-1979 P 1984
Joe Torre manager 1996-2007 IF 1975-1977, manager 1977-1981
Mike Torrez P 1977 P 1983-1984
Bubba Trammell OF 2003 OF 2000
Robin Ventura 3B 2002-2003 3B 1999-2001
José Vizcaíno IF 2000 IF 1994-1996
Claudell Washington OF 1986-1988, 1990 OF 1980
Allen Watson P 1999-2000 P 1999
Wally Whitehurst P 1996 P 1989-1992
Gerald Williams OF 1992-1996, 2001-2002 OF 2004-2005
Gene Woodling OF 1949-1954 OF 1962
Todd Zeile 3B 2003 3B 2000-2001, 2004


The Mets and Yankees trade players very infrequently. Since the creation of the Mets, there have been only nine trades between the Mets and Yankees involving at least one major league player and both teams receiving players, not including the selling of players for cash or Rule 5 /expansion drafts:

  • December 9, 1977 - Mets traded Roy Staiger to the New York Yankees for Sergio Ferrer.
  • April 18, 1983 - Mets traded a player to be named later and Steve Ray (minors) to the Yankees for Tucker Ashford. The Mets sent Felix Perdomo (minors) (May 3, 1983) to the Yankees to complete the trade.
  • December 11, 1987 - Mets traded Rafael Santana and Victor Garcia (minors) to the Yankees for Darren Reed, Phil Lombardi, and Steve Frey.
  • July 10, 1989 - Mets traded Marcus Lawton to the Yankees for Scott Nielsen.
  • June 9, 1992 - Mets traded Tim Burke to the Yankees for Lee Guetterman.
  • September 17, 1993 - Mets traded Frank Tanana to the Yankees for Kenny Greer.
  • December 7, 2001 - Mets traded Robin Ventura to the Yankees for David Justice.
  • July 16, 2003 - Mets traded Armando Benitez to the Yankees for Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia (minors), and Ryan Bicondoa (minors).
  • December 3, 2004 -Mets traded Mike Stanton to the Yankees for Felix Heredia.

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