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NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Tommie Agee

Tommie Agee. 22. 3. . CF. 1968-1972

You don’t need to stick around for too long to become a Mets legend. In today’s era of free agency, this list will surely have plenty of guys who were only around for a short period. Outfielder Tommie Agee is an older example of this, as he played only five years with the Flushing 25.

The timing of Agee joining the Mets couldn’t have been better. He was acquired via trade before the 1968 season. His first season was quite miserable with a .217/.255/.307 batting line and only five home runs to show for. The next year, things changed.

Where would the 1969 Mets be without Agee? Even before they made it to the postseason, he was contributing often. He finished sixth in the MVP voting thanks to his .271/.342/.464 batting line. In addition to this, he knocked a career-high 26 home runs and finished with 76 RBI.

Agee was solid at the plate and in the field. The following year he improved several of his offensive numbers and won a Gold Glove for the Mets. There are only a handful of players in team history who have finished the year with that piece of hardware.

I would love to rank Agee higher on this list, but his first and final years with the team weren’t pretty at all. The three years in between were amazing enough to earn him a lifetime Mets slash line of .262/.329/.419 to go with 82 home runs and 265 RBI.

For the short peak he had, Agee delivered as a core member of the lineup.

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