Neil’s father, Tom, was a pitcher in the major leagues from 1972-77 with the Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and California Angels. With the Mets, Neil wears No. 20 in honor of his father. He was unable to wear the number in Pittsburgh because it was previously retired (for Pie Traynor).
In his first season with the Mets in 2016, Neil matched a career-high with 23 home runs (also 2014 with Pittsburgh) despite undergoing a season-ending lumbar micro discectomy procedure on September 8. His 23 homers were third-most in a single-season by a Mets second baseman (Edgardo Alfonzo holds the top two spots with 27 in 1999 and 25 in 2000). Neil’s 23 home runs were third-most among National League second basemen behind only St. Louis’ Jedd Gyorko (30) and Washington’s Daniel Murphy (25). His 92 home runs since 2012 are the most by an NL second baseman in that time and third-most by a major league second baseman, trailing only Seattle’s Robinson Cano (134) and Minnesota’s Brian Dozier (117). Neil hit nine home runs in April of 2016 to tie the franchise record for the month, joining Dave Kingman (1976), Carlos Delgado (2006) and John Buck (2013), who also hit nine homers in April. In 2015 with Pittsburgh, Neil led all National League second basemen in extra-base hits (50), home runs (16) and slugging percentage (.428).
In his first season with the Mets in 2016, Neil set a franchise record for home runs without an extra-base hit to start a season with nine. The previous team record was eight, held by Ron Swoboda (1968).