New York Mets All-Time Lists

New York Mets all-time top five switch hitters in franchise history

By Matthew Silverman
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: National League All-Star Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets and National League All-Star Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets talk in the field during batting practice before the start of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: National League All-Star Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets and National League All-Star Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets talk in the field during batting practice before the start of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – MAY 12: Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets takes an at bat against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /

1. Carlos Beltran, 2005-2011, 31.1 WAR, #3 All-Time in Mets History

Only David Wright and Darryl Strawberry rank higher among Mets position players. If Carlos Beltran someday is elected to Cooperstown, he would likely go in as a Met. Yet some still complain about him, unable to forget going down looking to end the 2006 NLCS (for the record HoJo did the same thing in 1988, though not with the bases loaded).

Beltran is the team’s best all-around center fielder, hands down. As a Met, he was an All-Star five times, won three Gold Gloves, and captured two Silver Sluggers. His 6.3 Defensive WAR is almost five points higher than Tommie Agee’s, but Beltran never got to make a great play in a Mets World Series. He hit three home runs in the 2006 NLCS and slugged .555 in that year’s postseason. Beltran single-handedly tried to get the Mets in the 2008 postseason and hit the last home run by a Met at Shea, tying the game before the horrific bullpen gave it away one last time.

He was consistent from both sides of the plate. Beltran hit 311 home runs just from the left side in his career, plus 124 from the right side. He collected 149 homers as a Met, sixth all-time, slugged .500 (fifth), had a .369 OBP (sixth), an .869 OPS (fourth), and established the highest stolen base percentage in team history (86.21).

Beltran holds other prominent top 10 spots in runs (551), walks (449), doubles (208), and owns the best Offensive Winning Percentage (.656) of any Mets switch-hitter. And he did it while playing fewer games as a Met (839) than Rey Ordonez.

When the team finally parted with him, Beltran brought back Zack Wheeler from the Giants. Even in leaving he was remarkably efficient—from both sides.

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