THE Rankings: Top 5 Mets Center Fielders
Moving now to center field, where the Mets have had some pretty good players over the years, complete with All-Stars, Gold Glove winners and some memorable plays in the field.
1) Carlos Beltran (2005-2011)
Beltran had three and a half solid years in Flushing and three crummy ones; two of those because of injury. Still though, he was an All-Star five times and won three Gold Glove awards.
2) Mookie Wilson (1980-1989)
Arguably the most popular Met of all time, Wilson was also very good on the field. He is second in franchise history in stolen bases and triples. Oh, and he hit a ball that helped the Mets win a World Series game. You may have heard about it.
3) Tommie Agee (1968-1972)
Agee was solid Mets both at the plate and in the field, winning a Gold Glove. Agee could run and hit; he had 82 home runs and 92 stolen bases in his Mets career. He also made those two tremendous catches to single-handedly save Game 3 of the 1969 World Series.
4) Lenny Dykstra (1985-1989)
The crowd favorite played the game hard and well. He saved most of his heroics for the post season, where he excelled. Trading him at age 26 was one of the more puzzling moves in Mets history.
5) Lee Mazzilli (1976-1981, 1986-1989)
Mazzilli was a rare bright spot on some miserable teams in the late 1970s. He should have been the MVP of the 1979 All-Star game, hitting the game-tying home run and drawing the game-winning walk. Also dealt away at age 26, it was fitting that he was able to come back to the Mets and be part of the 1986 World Series team.
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Mug Shots courtesy Ultimate Mets Database
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Date: January 14, 2013