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New York Mets: Top five second baseman in franchise history

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 3: Glasses reflect the sun on a Wilson glove in the dugout in Wrigley Field before the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets baseball game on June 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 3: Glasses reflect the sun on a Wilson glove in the dugout in Wrigley Field before the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets baseball game on June 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)
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1) Edgardo Alfonzo

It’s an easy choice to select the best second baseman in Mets history. In eight seasons with the ballclub, Edgardo Alfonzo did plenty to capture our hearts and earn his number one spot on this list.

Three times Alfonzo received MVP consideration. In the awesome season of 2000, he finished in 15th place. The awesome season included 25 bombs, 94 RBI, and a career-best slashing line at .324/.425/.542. One year earlier, Alfonzo finished 8th thanks to his 27 home runs, 108 RBI, and a slash line of .304/.385/.502.

As if the home runs weren’t powerful enough, Alfonzo hit 41 doubles in 1999 and another 40 in 2000. During his best years, the Mets could rely on him to provide them with runs. He’s one of the biggest reasons why the team found success in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Alfonzo is fourth overall in WAR for Mets position players. Thanks to some favorable defensive numbers, this puts him behind only David Wright, Darryl Strawberry, and Carlos Beltran.

Nationally, Alfonzo never got the credit he probably deserved. His best years were short-lived, but they were amazing and included a pair of playoff runs. Maybe the hardest of all to believe, the man was only 26 when the Mets faced the New York Yankees in the 2000 World Series.

Fonzie is one of those true Mets who unfortunately didn’t get to spend their whole career with the team. Nevertheless, his spot as the best second baseman is safe for now.

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