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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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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) New York Mets former players Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson, and Cleon Jones throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Five of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Left Field – Cleon Jones and Kevin McReynolds, 6

You won’t find Cleon Jones and Kevin McReynolds on too many lists together. Jones is a beloved Mets player while McReynolds is anything but.

Each started in left field for the Mets a total of six times. Perhaps the most interesting piece of information about their Opening Day starts is who replaced McReynolds after 1991. Vince Coleman started in left field for two consecutive Opening Days before McReynolds returned to it in 1994.

Center Field – Mookie Wilson, 6

Mookie Wilson barely beats out Tommie Agee and Carlos Beltran for the most starts in center field on Opening Day for the Mets. Appearing at the position a record six times, he beats them both by one.

Throughout the 1980s, Wilson was typically the guy you would find in center field for the Mets. Lenny Dykstra did get a pair of starts in the latter part of the decade, but Wilson still managed to come away with more than anyone else to wear blue and orange.

Right Field – Darryl Strawberry, 7

The greatest right fielder in team history is also the one most frequently seen at the position on Opening Day. Darryl Strawberry’s seven Opening Day starts is more than double what anyone else has amassed.

Runner-ups for this title include three-time starters Rusty Staub, Jeromy Burnitz, Bobby Bonilla, Curtis Granderson, and Dave Kingman. It’s been a while since the Mets have had a right fielder they could consistently depend on. Hopefully, soon, they find some consistency and a challenger for Strawberry’s dubious title.

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