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New York Mets top five most underrated players in franchise history

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Bob Ojeda #19 of the 1986 New York Mets greets fans on the red carpet before the game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on May 28, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets are honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1986 championship season. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Bob Ojeda #19 of the 1986 New York Mets greets fans on the red carpet before the game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on May 28, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets are honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1986 championship season. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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16 Oct 1999: a overhead view of Rick Reed #35 of the New York Mets as he winds back to pitch the ball during the National League Championship Series game four against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium in New York, New York. The Mets defeated the Braves 3-2.

New York Mets fans often give their stars the accolades they deserve. However, some productive players deserve a little more credit and remain underrated.

Throughout the history of the New York Mets, there have been several underappreciated players who have provided us fans with fond memories of overachievement and jubilation within the organization. Unfortunately, as time passes by, many of these players fade away from our memories.

The just recognition they once received dwindles because these players weren’t as great a focal point as many of their teammates who were the real superstars of that particular team’s era. Thankfully, many do remember, acknowledge, and appreciate these ex-Mets.

These underrated Mets were never as revered as such greats like Mike Piazza, Keith Hernandez, David Wright or Tom Seaver were. Still, they went beyond what was expected from them at the time they wore the orange and blue uniform.

I know many of you reading this will have your own list of players that I may not have included in my top five. Diversity in opinion and looking at things from different angles is what makes discussing baseball so fun and great to begin with. This is especially true when the topic of underrated players comes up.

I must confess, narrowing this list down wasn’t as easy as I thought it would have been. There were many candidates I could have gone with but struggled to include for one reason or another. There are a few honorable mentions that I thought were close, but just missed my cut: Kevin McReynolds, R.A. Dickey, Jerry Grote, John Olerud, and Bobby Jones.

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