Who is the greatest second baseman in New York Mets history and which guys fall right in line behind?
Second base hasn’t always been a position of power or greatness. Even a deep look into the history of the New York Mets confirms this.
In the franchise’s history, very few second basemen have stood out. The Mets have often cycled through different players at the position. However, not everyone falls into the forgettable category.
Since 1962, the Mets have employed a few good men at second base. While none are Hall of Famers or even borderline legends, they had a productive career in New York.
5) Felix Millan
During his five seasons with the Mets, Felix Millan did enough to make this list. Though the teams he played for did not win very often, hit consistently.
Millan first joined the Mets in a trade with the Atlanta Braves ahead of the 1973 season. Not long removed from three trips to the All-Star Game, the Mets were hoping to get the last years of his prime.
Millan stayed with New York through 1977. Over the nearly 3,000 plate appearances, he batted .278/.326/.337. The light-hitting infield knocked only 8 home runs during that time but made an impact in other ways.
In his first year with the Mets, Millan finished 16th in the NL MVP voting. Thanks to his .290 batting average and great plate discipline, he was honored by at least a few baseball writers.
It’s this patience at the plate that helped make Millan a really good baseball player. He finished his career with the Mets with only 92 strikeouts. Even better, he drew 161 walks. You won’t find a guy in modern-baseball who can come close to posting totals like this.
The name Felix Millan isn’t one we think of when we list out great Mets players. There’s no denying, though, in a franchise without a deep history at second base, he qualifies as one of the best.