Now onto Mets shortstop. Number one was easy. Finding a number five was not.
1) Jose Reyes (2003-2011)
Reyes is the all-time Mets leader in triples and stolen bases, records that won’t be broken anytime soon. Reyes won the first batting title in Mets history in 2011 and was a four-time All-Star.
2) Bud Harrelson (1965-1977)
Harrelson was not exactly an offensive force; he hit just .234 with six home runs in his 13 years in Flushing. But he did win a Gold Glove and made two All-Star teams while playing on the 1969 and 1973 World Series teams.
3) Rey Ordonez (1996-2002)
Ordonez was a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, anchoring a solid defensive infield. He couldn’t hit a lick, but did I mention he won three Gold Gloves?
4) Rafael Santana (1984-1987)
Santana was the shortstop for the 1986 World Series champs. Those powerhouse teams did not need any offense from Santana, which was a good thing because he didn’t offer much.
5) Frank Taveras (1979-1981)
Sure, why not? Taveras was at least fast, stealing 42 and 32 bases, respectively, in his first two years with the team.
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Mug Shots courtesy Ultimate Mets Database