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New York Mets: Top 10 seasons by first basemen in team history

SAN DIEGO - 1986: First baseman Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets fields a grounder during a 1986 game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - 1986: First baseman Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets fields a grounder during a 1986 game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 26: Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets on deck against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 26, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Throughout MLB history, first base has been a position of power and great offensive numbers. These are the ten best seasons by New York Mets first basemen in their team history.

There are certain positions in the history of the New York Mets where it’s easy to find a deep selection of top seasons. Unfortunately, first base hasn’t been one of the most elite spots on the baseball diamond for this franchise.

As of 2019, the last time they had a first baseman selected to the National League All-Star roster was in the 1980s. This doesn’t mean everyone who has played first base for the Mets since has been an absolute dud. In fact, they’ve had some really solid first basemen over the last 30 years.

First base is a position where you often want an offense-first player. A Gold Glove winner is fine, but it’s the bat you really want.

Considering both bat and glove work, these ten seasons by individuals are the best in Mets history.

10) Lucas Duda 2014

Admittedly, I’m one of those fellas who think Lucas Duda is a bit underappreciated. He hit more home runs for the Mets in the 2010s than anyone else. In 2014, he had the best year of his career.

After several seasons of playing the outfield, Duda became a regular first baseman. Though the transition didn’t actually improve his offensive numbers, they did get a whole lot better.

Duda smashed a career-high 30 home runs and drove in 92 during this season. His .253/.349/.481 batting line also came as a surprise. In his previous two seasons, Duda hit below .240.

The campaign was far and away the best Duda had in his arsenal. He received mild MVP consideration with a twenty-second place finish. However, the season was good enough to sneak into the list of ten greatest years by Mets first basemen.

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