Is it any shock that the Mets can sorely use an upgrade in the outfield this off-season? This has been going on all century long. The Mets outfielders have been less-than stellar since 2000. The following is a list of starters at each position each season. In years where there are two players, it is because the starter failed to play 100 games due to injury or trade:
|Year||Left Field||Center Field||Right Field|
|2000||Benny Agbayani||Jay Payton||Derek Bell|
|2001||Benny Agbayani||Jay Payton
|2002||Roger Cedeno||Timo Perez||Jeromy Burnitz|
|2003||Cliff Floyd||Timo Perez
|2004||Cliff Floyd||Mike Cameron||Eric Valent
|2005||Cliff Floyd||Carlos Beltran||Mike Cameron
|Carlos Beltran||Xavier Nady
|Carlos Beltran||Shawn Green|
|Carlos Beltran||Ryan Church
|2010||Jason Bay||Carlos Beltran
|2011||Jason Bay||Angel Pagan||Carlos Beltran
What a collection of misfits and losers! A few observations:
— Can you believe the Mets won a pennant with that 2000 outfield?
— Right field as been a revolving door, with seemingly a different man each season.
— Over in left the only stability came during the Cliff Floyd years, and he only managed one injury-free season.
— Carlos Beltran was the one constant throughout these years.
— Only one player made an All-Star team — Beltran, five times.
Overall, not a great run of outfielders. Is it any wonder the Mets have only made the playoffs twice during this stretch? Injuries certainly played a role, but still, far too many players of dubious quality have roamed the outfields at Shea Stadium and Citi Field since the turn of the century. Do we have to wait until the next century before this is corrected?