The Valles del Tuy infielder was selected for his numbers, and his significance on the field, as the Metropolitans' best second baseman, according to Anthony DiComo, who covers the Mets for mlb.com.
Baseball fans love to debate, and with that in mind, we asked each of our reporters at MLB.com to rank the top five players by position in franchise history they currently cover, based on careers. them with their respective teams. These rankings are just for fun and discussion.
1. Edgardo Alfonso, 1995-2001
Key fact: His .318 average with hitters in scoring position is the best in Mets history.
Alfonzo is perhaps the most difficult Mets player to rate, as he appeared in 524 team games at second base and another 515 games at third. The Venezuelan spent three full seasons at each of the two positions. For this exercise, Alfonzo is only eligible for one position. And second base has been one of the weakest in club history statistically speaking, so it seems like the ideal position to give one of the greatest Mets of all time his well-deserved recognition.
While seeing action at second base, third base and even at shortstop, Alfonzo hit 120 home runs in eight seasons in New York, posting a .292 average and an .812 OPS. In his 1999 and 2000 seasons, in which he played exclusively as a second baseman, he produced the two highest WAR totals for a second baseman in franchise history. Overall, Alfonzo had 29.6 WAR with the Mets – more than the combined total of the next two second basemen on this list.
The Mets announced that Alfonzo will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2020, which the Venezuelan called "a dream come true."
2. Daniel murphy, 2008-15
Key fact: Six straight postseason homer games is a major league record.
Although he consistently hit the woodwork during his time with the Mets, hitting .288, Murphy never became a star, in part because of his defensive limitations. He wasn't a second baseman by nature and twice tore ligaments in his knee learning to play the position. He also went partly because of his lack of power.
But the real reason Murphy ranks second on this list is because of what he did in the 2015 postseason, in which he homered in six straight against pitchers like Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and others.
At the time, it seemed to be a Babe Ruth-esque streak. Little did they realize that Murphy had transformed his swing and that he was about to become one of the most prominent examples of the emphasis on take-off angle in all of baseball. When the Mets showed no interest in signing him after the 2015 season, Murphy signed with the Nationals and had the best two years of his career.
3. Wally Backman, 1980-88
Key fact: Backman hit .333 in the 1986 World Series.
In the '80s, Backman had to compete for playing time in Flushing and rarely put up flashy numbers. His 97 OPS+ indicates that he was a top hitter in nine seasons in New York. However, Backman was one of the key pieces of the team that won the World Series in 1986, in which he started a decisive reaction with a bunt in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS and hit a key RBI single. in the 14th inning of Game 6.
In that year's World Series, Backman batted .333 and scored the tying run in the sixth inning of Game 7.
4. Jeff Kent, 1992-96
Key fact: Kent amassed just 15% of his career WAR as a member of the Mets.
Best known for his spectacular six seasons in San Francisco, Kent hadn't reached that level when he was with New York in his mid-20s. Kent, who came to the Mets as the linchpin of David Cone's trade to Toronto in 1992, hit 67 home runs with a .780 OPS in five seasons in Flushing before the Mets sent him to the Indians for the Puerto Rican. Carlos Baerga and the Venezuelan Álvaro Espinosa. Four years later, Kent was recognized as the National League's Most Valuable Player in San Francisco. However, his production as a member of the Mets cannot be ignored; only Alfonzo hit more home runs than Kent as a second baseman for the Queens ninth.
5. Felix Millan, 1973-77
Key fact: He was the first Mets member (and one of just two) to play in 162 games in one season.
Known for his defense, Millán had the best years of his career with the Braves, but he was a consistent hitter and a solid presence in the middle of the infield for five seasons in New York. In three of those years, he averaged above .280, batting second for the National League pennant winners in 1973. That season, he made just nine defensive errors in 153 games at second base. Like others on this list, Millan would have finished higher had he spent more time in Flushing.