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My Choices: (LF) Cleon Jones (CF) Mookie Wilson (RF) Rusty Staub
Other nominees: (LF) George Foster, Kevin McReynolds, Cliff Floyd
(CF) Len Dykstra, Tommie Agee
(RF) Ron Swoboda, Bobby Bonilla
(LF) For the left field selection, choosing anybody else but Jones would have been akin to saying that Ringo Starr was the greatest Beatle of all time. Jones not only caught the final out of the World Series, but he was also one of the best players in the 1960's and 1970's.
George Foster was great before he came to the Mets, but he couldn't replicate his power stroke from Cincinnati and lost relevancy.
Kevin McReynolds may have played five years with the Mets, but the one thing that I'll remember him most for is the fact that he was traded for another promising young left fielder named Kevin Mitchell.
Cliff Floyd may have been one of the better hitters for the Mets in the Duquette/early Minaya era, but other than that, he was injury prone and was certainly past his years of relevancy in Florida.
(CF) Carlos Beltran? Over Mookie Wilson, Lenny Dykstra, AND Tommie Agee? Did Howie Rose lose his mind when he made this pick?
You have the guy who turned the tide in the 1986 World Series with the Buckner Ball, one of his teammates, and the guy who made two fantastic catches in the 1969 World Series and you choose a guy who had three good years with the team, but never truly lived up to expectations? Come on, man.
Beltran may joint hold the single season Mets home run record with 41 home runs, but when you have such accomplished players like Wilson, Dykstra, and Agee, you have to look longer and harder at this and think beyond the stats.
(RF) Part of the reason why I chose Staub over Strawberry was the fact that he played through his pain in the 1973 World Series. Staub also was one of the premier hitters of the 1970's who provided the offensive spark needed for the Mets to make it to the playoffs in 1973. Staub had heart and his loyalty has been with the Mets, despite the fact that he started out as an Astro, had his number retired in Montreal, and had a pit stop in Detroit.
I never really saw Strawberry as more than just a hitter. Sure, he was a first overall draft pick, and sure, he was also an All-Star. But to be totally honest, his latter years with the Mets really put me off. This is considering how he suffered an alcohol problem, left his team when they needed him most and later regretted it, and until recently, had trouble handling his personal demons. Strawberry may have had the stats, but his emotion was not there.