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3) Carlos Delgado

Slugger Carlos Delgado spent three years and a couple of games with the Mets at the tail end of last decade. Arriving in 2006 before multiple regular seasons collapses, Delgado had a lot to do with the team’s success.

Delgado smashed 104 home runs in 468 games for the Mets from 2006-2009. He slashed a respectable .267/.351/.506 while twice going yard 38 times and knocking in over 100 runs. His 2008 performance earned him a ninth-place finish in the MVP race. Unfortunately, this was also his final full season in the big leagues.

If things went a little differently for the Mets in 2006, he may have been the missing piece they needed. Despite his best effort in the postseason, the Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven NLCS games.

In those playoffs, Delgado swatted four home runs while slashing .351/.442/.757. As beastly as they come, Delgado gave baseball fans only a small sample of what he could accomplish in October. This trip to the postseason at age 34 was the first in his 17-season career. It was also his last.

The pantheon of Mets players include few players with as much power as Delgado. This team has not employed very many home run champions. Delgado didn’t lead the league in this category but still gave them three productive years.

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