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New York Mets first baseman options for Opening Day 2019 currently

SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Peter Alonso #20 of the New York Mets is introduced before the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Peter Alonso #20 of the New York Mets is introduced before the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It’s still unclear who opens the year for the New York Mets at first base in 2019. Let’s weigh out the current options.

The days of long-term stability at first base are literally a generation ago. The last truly great New York Mets first baseman was former team captain Keith Hernandez, who helmed the position over his 7 years in New York.

Over his Mets tenure from 1983 to 1989, he had 3 All-Star selections and won five Gold Gloves, and as we all know, lead the team to their 1986 World Series Championship.

Since then, we have had a few good first basemen come through Queens, with names like John Olerud and Carlos Delgado highlighting the list, but none of them played with the year to year consistency or longevity of Keith.

Hall of Famer Mike Piazza spent some time at first in 2004, appearing in 66 games at the position, so he is technically the last Met first baseman to be selected to an All-Star Game, but he started at catcher in the game and returned to catching full time in 2005.

In 2018, the two players with the most starts at first base for the Mets were Wilmer Flores and Adrian Gonzalez. Neither of those players will be on the team next season, and we wish both of them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

As of now, the Mets have several in-house options at first base for next season, so as we so often do, us fans are again asking the question “Who’s on First?”

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