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-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry. (Image Source: Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)
Having already posted my all-time lineup (of players I watched), here I take a closer look at the all-time lineup of the team of my childhood, the New York Metropolitans:
1. SS Jose Reyes
Not a prototypical modern leadoff hitter, but at his best, Reyes was as dynamic as anyone to ever wear the Orange & Blue. Electric on the base paths, he had decent pop and was a batting champ.
2. 3B David Wright
An excellent all-around hitter, Wright was on his way to a Hall of Fame career before injuries slowed him down. He can hit for average, set the table, and drive in runs while playing an excellent third base.
3. C Mike Piazza
This is probably New York’s deepest position with Piazza winning out. Arguably the greatest hitting catcher of all-time, Piazza was a legitimate slugger who consistently batted over .300. The ball jumped off his bat.
4. RF Darryl Strawberry
A regular in the All-Star game during his time in Queens, Strawberry’s power rivals anyone to ever wear a Mets uniform. Arguably the most feared slugger in franchise history, the Straw Man had very impressive OPS seasons.
5. CF Carlos Beltran
Had some underappreciated superstar seasons with the Mets, including a three-year stretch when he posted 340 RBI and 336 runs while playing gold glove level centerfield. So smooth. So effortless.
6. 2B Edgardo Alfonzo
Back injuries stunted Alfonzo’s assent just as he was about to hit his prime, as he helped lead the Mets to the postseason in his last two injury-free years. Fonzie had great plate discipline and an excellent glove.
7. 1B Keith Hernandez
Considered by many to be the best fielding first baseman of all time, Hernandez anchored the infield with his play and leadership. No slouch at the plate, he was an excellent average/on-base guy who was always a tough out.
8. LF Mookie Wilson
It was hard to fill this spot so why not go with a fan favorite who could provide excellent corner defense, while also filling the role of table-setter as the lineup turned over.
9. P Tom Seaver
Tom Terrific, the Franchise, Seaver remains the greatest Met in franchise history who is in the conversation when debating the greatest right-handed starting pitcher of all-time. He had impeccable command and the ability to overpower.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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