While the Mets struggle to play consistent baseball here in 2008, we take time off to do something a little fun. To create the Mets All-Time lineup.
Now it might not have all the old stars that some people would choose, I tend to choose chemistry over just all All Stars and Hall of Famers. Though some of the guys I choose will definitely continue to be part of many All Star Games and festivities.
Leading off to me is a no brainer, Jose Reyes has your short stop. Bud Harrelson was a great Met, and good player, but the guy was a career .236 hitter. Even in his young career, Jose Reyes is the best shortstop and best lead off man the Mets have ever had.
So far Reyes has been a .290 hitter in the Bigs, but that could defiantly get better. And he has 270 stolen bases and is on his way to being one of the best at that if he doesn't get hurt.
Honorable Mention would go to Rey Ordonez, he was a great glove, but was pretty much a worse hitter then Bud Harrelson.
Batting second I would put the left handed first baseman,Keith Hernandez. The guy was pretty much a .300 hitter and would thrive behind Reyes. He was meant to hit at Shea, hitting to all sides of the field and to the large gaps in the outfield.
John Olerud was the same kind of player, but you have to give it to Keith. He was in Seinfeld.
Hitting behind Keith would be non other then David Wright. He is on his way to being the most popular Met ever and is putting up the Stats to go with it. He is looking like a .300 hitter with power for 30 home runs and 100 plus RBI a year.
He is perfect for the third spot behind all these great players. Howard Johnson was a great third basemen, but David Wright is already better than his current hitting coach.
In the clean-up spot would be the most popular Met of them all. The catcher Mike Piazza. The guy was an absolute beast for the Mets and one of the greatest trades the Mets have ever made. This guy was a force to be reckon with in the middle of that order. Hit .308 in his career with over 400 home runs, most by any catcher.
His defense might of been a down point, but his bat seemed to make up for it. If there was a DH in the National League lineup, Piazza would of taken that spot, with good ole Gary Carter being the Mets catcher, but the pitcher hits, and on this one, I have to take Piazzas bat over Gary's glove.
Batting in the fifth spot would be the right fielder Darryl Strawberry. His career with the Mets should of been alot longer, but with the time he had, he sure made an impact. Hit over 25 home runs every year for eight years with the Mets while driving in close to or over 80 RBI each year. Hes perfect in this spot because of his power and his knock for driving in runs.
Coming up sixth I would have Edgardo Alfonzo. A lot of people would disagree and put in for another second basemen. But if you look what Fonzie did for the Mets with his bat and his glove, he fits in the sixth hole. He was pretty much a .280 hitter with 15 home runs and 80 RBI. That would be a blessing for the sixth hole.
Contact hitter that could pop a few and knock them in. If Jeff Kent ever produced in New York he would of fit well here and well Felix Millan is considered one of the best second basemen that wore a Mets jersey. I just feel in this spot of the order, Alfonzo would thrive with the bat and give you pretty good defense to go along with it.
In the seventh hole I would go for all power. I would have Dave Kingman start for my team. On this team you have enough guys that can run, hit for average and power. So batting after Alfonzo and before the eigth spot in the order I would give it to a guy that hit bombs.
I'm sure Staub would fit well here or even have Carlos Beltran play left, but to me I would love having Kingman here. I know hit close to the Mendoza line, but id take his 25 to 30 home runs a year.
Batting before the pitcher I would give it to center fielder Tommy Agee. He was just an amazing player, gave you great defense and had some of his best hitting years with the Mets. He was a career .255 hitter, but he hit over .270 three times as a Met.
And he also had the power to hit close to 20 home runs a year in his prime. Coming up short would be Carlos Beltran, he has all the tools to become the best center-fielder that ever wore a Mets jersey, but until he puts it all together, he won't come close to Tommy Agee.
Now finally, batting 9th and getting the ball to start my game 7 for the Mets would be Tom Seaver. Now this could of belonged to Nolan Ryan, but the Mets traded him away, but you can defiantly settle for Tom Terrific. He gave you everything, wins, complete games, innings,strike outs and a low era to show that he had all the goods.
You can go with Gooden or Cone, maybe even Sid Fernendez, but I would go with Seaver. He is the best pitcher the Mets will ever see or have. The true number One start for the New York Mets All-Time lineup.