Who are the five greatest third basemen in New York Mets history?
Third base is a position often handled by players of varying skills. Some teams will put a focus on someone a little more defense-oriented. Others look for pure offense. In the history of the New York Mets, we’ve been lucky enough to see a mix of both.
When looking through the team’s history and who has played the position of the years, I was honestly quite underwhelmed at the early seasons. The Mets didn’t seem to value the production a third baseman could offer.
In recent years, the organization has changed and they now have a deep selection of top five third basemen with multiple All-Star appearances between them.
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5) Hubie Brooks
Hubie Brooks spent the first five years of his career with the Mets and returned again for the 1991 season. His best seasons took place as a member of the Montreal Expos in the late 1980s when the Amazins were often beating up on his ball club.
Despite never having a huge impact on Mets history, Brooks remains relevant on the list of all-time third basemen. He finished third in the 1981 Rookie of the Year voting with an awesome .307/.345/.411 batting line to help his cause.
In 2,620 plate appearances with the Mets, Brooks managed to hit 44 home runs and drive in 269 runs. He finished with a less-than-stellar .267/.318/.372 batting line, due in part to some lackluster years mixed in with his better ones.
Brooks missed out on playing for the 1986 team by two seasons and returned when the decline was already in effect. Still, he’s the first in team history to start three or more consecutive Opening Days at the position. Before him, we had never seen anyone go more than two.
Brooks was the beginning of a much better era at third base for the Mets. Although he takes the fifth spot on our list, he has an important effect.
The hot corner was a relevant spot on the field for the Amazins many times thereafter. It began with Brooks showing some stability. In all of the years leading up to Brooks’ time with the Metropolitans, third base was never viewed as an important position. Things vastly changed with all of the top four coming after him.