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Top 10 Best Mets Postional Player Seasons



By Mike Silva ~ January 4th, 2011. Filed under: Mets History, NY Baseball Memories.

Let’s continue with more historical lists as I have compiled, in my opinion, the top 10 best positional player seasons in Mets history. I used pure numbers, as well as the value the individual had to the team in that particular season. I also valued position played, and their contribution on the defensive side.

1. Carlos Beltran (2006) – In my opinion the best overall season on offense/defense in team history. Tied the team record for most homers. Numerous clutch hits, and game winning homers. Too much is made about his bases loaded strikeout in Game 7 of the NLCS. Credit Adam Wainwright on that one.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2006 140 510 127 140 38 1 41 116 18 95 99 .275 .388 .594 .982 150 AS,MVP-4,GG,SS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/3/2011.

2. Mike Piazza (2000) – Had numerous big hits. Carried the team through much of the season, and would have better numbers if catching didn’t wear him down in the second half.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2000 136 482 90 156 26 0 38 113 4 58 69 .324 .398 .614 1.012 155 AS,MVP-3,SS
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/3/2011.

3. Gary Carter (1985) – Very similar impact to what Piazza was to the 2000 team. Game winning homer on Opening Day set the tone. Hit 13 homers in September/October as the Mets made their final push to catch the Cardinals.

Year G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1985 149 633 555 83 156 17 1 32 100 1 69 46 .281 .365 .488 .853 138 AS,MVP-6,SS
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/3/2011.

4. David Wright (2007) – Amazing that his first home run didn’t come till May. Hit .352 while the team was collapsing down the stretch, all while playing Gold Glove defense.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2007 160 604 113 196 42 1 30 107 34 94 115 .325 .416 .546 .963 149 AS,MVP-4,GG,SS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/3/2011.

5. Darryl Strawberry (1987) – Although he was nearly the MVP in 1988, I believe ’87 might have been his best year statistically. This was important, as he came into his own just when Hernandez and Carter began to decline.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1987 154 532 108 151 32 5 39 104 36 97 122 .284 .398 .583 .981 162 AS,MVP-6
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/3/2011.

6. John Olerud (1998) – Hit .381 in the second half of the season. Reached base 15 consecutive plate appearances in September.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1998 160 557 91 197 36 4 22 93 2 96 73 .354 .447 .551 .998 163 MVP-12
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Generated 1/3/2011.

7. Edgardo Alfonzo (2000) – The man you wanted up when you needed a two out hit (.360 batting average in such situations). Superb plate discipline and outstanding defense at second.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2000 150 544 109 176 40 2 25 94 3 95 70 .324 .425 .542 .967 147 AS,MVP-15
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Generated 1/3/2011.

8.Keith Hernandez (1986) – You could pick any of his first three full seasons in New York, but all you need to know is that Charlie Kerfeld walked him intentionally in Game 3 of the NLCS to get to Gary Carter. That tells you how clutch “Mex” was. I don’t need to remind you how he picked it at first.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1986 149 551 94 171 34 1 13 83 2 94 69 .310 .413 .446 .859 140 AS,MVP-4,GG
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Generated 1/3/2011.

9. Jose Reyes (2006) – As he goes the Mets go. If Beltran was the MVP of that ’06 team, Reyes was the engine that got everything started. His best defensive season at short in my opinion.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2006 153 647 122 194 30 17 19 81 64 53 81 .300 .354 .487 .841 115 AS,MVP-7,SS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/3/2011.

10. Cleon Jones (1969) – Baseball Reference WAR has his ’69 campaign ahead of anything Strawberry, Piazza, Carter, and Hernandez produced. I disagree with that, but his .340 average is even more impressive considering the team combined for OPS of .662. To put it in perspective, that is Alex Cora territory.

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1969 137 483 92 164 25 4 12 75 16 64 60 .340 .422 .482 .904 151 AS,MVP-7
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Generated 1/3/2011.

Honorable Mention:

Todd Hundley, Bernard Gilkey, and Lance Johnson in 1996. Great season for each individually, but done for a team that lost ninety ballgames.

Robin Ventura in 1999. Heard chants of “MVP” from the Shea crowd through most of the summer. Gold Glove defense, and everyone remembers the “Grand Slam Single.” Tried hard to find a spot in the top 10, but he just falls short.

Finally, Howard Johnson (1989) had a great combination of speed, power, and ability to get on base that season. As a matter of fact, his 1989 campaign was right up there with Strawberry’s best seasons. Like Ventura, it was a numbers game and he just fell short.

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