On the show Happy Days, everyone seemed to love Fonzie. In Queens and anywhere else you find Mets fans, the same is true for Edgardo Alfonzo.
Alfonzo is one of those players every team could use. He is one of the franchise’s best second basemen and third basemen ever. His ability to play either well and consistently provide the Mets at the plate over the years made him a fan-favorite. Even years after his retirement, he’s someone fans look back at fondly.
Only six men have posted a better career WAR with the Mets than Alfonzo. This is pretty impressive for a guy who only ever receive one All-Star nod. That’s late 1990s baseball for you. If you can’t slug 40 home runs, you get snubbed.
Alfonzo debuted for the Mets in 1995 with a productive, albeit short on power campaign. He put up similar numbers in his sophomore season before entering a new stratosphere in year three.
It was in 1997 when Alfonzo became a true threat in the lineup. He reached double-digit home runs. More importantly, he batted .315/.391/.432. The performance landed him at No. 13 on the MVP ballot. Thereafter, he was one guy in this lineup you would not want to mess with.
“Fonzie” never jumped the shark in his Mets tenure. His best two seasons were timely with the rest of the organization’s success.
In 1999, he hit a career-best 27 home runs and drove in 108 runs, all while slashing .304/.385/.502. The following year, he hit 25 home runs, drove in 94 runs and batted .324/.425/.542. The latter also helped award him his lone All-Star bid, while the former got him a Silver Slugger.