After coming over to the Mets after the 2007 All-Star break, Mets General Manager Omar Minaya inked Luis Castillo to a four-year, 25+ million dollar contract. This move puzzled many fans, who were not necessarily against re-signing Castillo, but were angered about the number of years.
Many wondered if this was just a ploy to lore free agent Johan Santana to the Mets, but this signing caused a lot of Mets fans to have much higher expectations of Castillo than they would have had if they signed him to a one or two-year deal.
After getting off to a very sluggish start, Castillo did nothing to impress us by "slapping" at the ball instead of swinging and constantly running with a bad limp.
Despite being frustrated with Omar for signing this man, who clearly had a lot of nagging injuries and knee problems, the fans let loose on Castillo and boo birds poured down from the rafters of Shea Stadium, competing in volume with those given to our favorite reliever, Aaron Heilman.
Nevertheless, Castillo is not the only recent second baseman to frustrate us Mets fans. The position seems to be a black hole, where whoever we seem to put there finds a way to stink.
I know there are a handful of Mets that have succeeded at the position, like Edgardo Alfonzo, but there have also been a ton of flops, which is why I present to you:
THE BIGGEST BUMS AT SECOND BASE FOR THE METS (1990-Present)
5) Jeff Kent
Many forget that he became a Met shortly after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was originally a third baseman but had to make the move to second because we signed Bobby Bonilla.
He's on the list because when I was a little kid, this guy was my favorite player on the team! I wished that the Mets would have kept him, but his tenure here was a disaster, and he has stated that he hated playing in New York. For that, Jeff Kent earned a spot on my list.
4) Kazuo Matsui
When we imported this guy from Japan, everyone was raving about his glove—so much so that Mets management decided to move upcoming superstar professor Reyes to second. Matsui was a disaster at SS, committing errors left and right. This made fans sour on him quickly. They never warmed up to Kaz Mat and expected him to hit .300+ instead of being a mediocre player.
I am forever indebted to "little Godzilla," as he was once known as for singlehandedly owning the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2007 playoffs when he was on the Rockies. For that, Kazuo, I salute you!
3) Carlos Baerga
The early '90s were a dark age for the New York Metropolitans, but in the middle of the decade, the Mets ownership was trying valiantly to make the team competitive again, which is why the Mets made a blockbuster trade to acquire Baerga from the Indians. They got a switch-hitting All-Star while giving up prospect Jeff Kent, who had been a major disappointment up to that point.
This move was a no-brainer, right? WRONG! Baerga's career went in the tank after the trade! He hit only .193 with his new club after the trade and remained a humongous disappointment with the rest of his time spent with the Mets.
2) Luis Castillo
I know I spoke about him already, but I just have to mention L-Cast again. Castillo must be Spanish for "cancer," because that's exactly what Luis is to this team. When he came over in 2007, the team collapsed. When he was healthy and in the lineup in 2008, the team never seemed to win!
The man constantly carried around a sourpuss face thanks to all of boos from the fans, and Jose Reyes' performance even seemed to decline when Castillo was around! Castillo wants a second chance with the Mets in 09, but I'm praying that the Mets get rid of him. If not, I hope he's able to turn things around—otherwise he may be number one on this list someday!
1) Roberto Alomar
Holy crap... After losing the World Series to the Yankees in 2000 (I can't believe I just said that), the Mets and their fans were eager to improve their club in a way that could push them "over the edge" from the competition. So after a disappointing 2001, the Mets made another blockbuster trade, acquiring: Roberto Alomar! Arguably one of the greatest second baseman of all time!
I was so pumped at the time. I remember checking out Alomar's stats and thinking that he was still in his prime and would continue to put up those numbers for at least three or four years! He would help lead the Mets to win the division and knock off those damn Atlanta Braves!
How wrong I was.
Even though his stats didn't seem to decline that much over the years, Alomar struggled mightily when he came to New York, and the fans let him know just how much of a disappointment he was.
Once his tenure with the Mets was over, Alomar was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he met up with former Metropolitan bust Carlos Baerga, who was also a player for the same Arizona club.
Baerga told him that he understood how hard it was playing in New York, but there was still enough time for Alomar to resurrect his career.
But sadly enough, Carlos was wrong, and Alomar ended up retiring.