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New York Mets Opening Day start leaders at each position

NEW YORK - AUGUST 22: Bud Harrelson speaks at a press conference commemorating the New York Mets 40th anniversary of the 1969 World Championship team on August 22, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 22: Bud Harrelson speaks at a press conference commemorating the New York Mets 40th anniversary of the 1969 World Championship team on August 22, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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FLUSHING, NY – 1988: First baseman Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets fields a grounder during a 1988 game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)

First Base – Ed Kranepool and Keith Hernandez, 6

Both Ed Kranepool and Keith Hernandez lead the way with Opening Day starts at first base. Each started there six times in their career.

Kranepool’s starts were a bit scattered with the six starts taking place between 1965 and 1977. Hernandez, on the other hand, made all six of his in consecutive seasons from 1984-1989. As a side note, Kranepool’s first Opening Day start actually took place before 1965 when he was named the Mets’ Opening Day right fielder in 1963.

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Second Base – Felix Millan, 5

The Mets have had trouble finding stability at second base throughout their history. During the 1970s, they could usually rely on Felix Millan to man the position. His five starts at the position leads all Mets players.

Like several men on this list, Millan’s start all took place in consecutive seasons from 1973-1977. Nobody since has started more than three Opening Days.

Third Base, David Wright, 12

You don’t need to be a Mets whiz to know who has started the most Opening Days for them in their history. You also wouldn’t be wrong if you guessed he started the most Opening Days of anyone at any position.

Wright’s dozen starts at third base least everyone in franchise history. Howard Johnson’s seven starts put up a good fight, but it’s the Captain’s 12 that leads the way.

Shortstop – Bud Harrelson, 11

The only other position player other than Wright with double-digit Opening Day starts is former shortstop Bud Harrelson. His 11 starts at the position all too place between 1967 and 1977.

In some ways, Harrelson’s spot at shortstop for the Mets signals the rise of the team in the late 1960s and fall at the end of the next decade. By simply looking at how many changes the Mets made to the Opening Day roster from 1977 to 1978, it’s clear what direction they wanted to go in.

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