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New York Mets all-time greatest players born in Puerto Rico

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: The Puerto Rican flag flies as people protest outside of Wall Street against cutbacks and austerity measures forced onto the severely indebted island of Puerto Rico on December 2, 2015 in New York City. Puerto Rico made a $355 million payment on Tuesday on its bond debt to stave off a default. Officials have warned that the commonwealth's fiscal position remain dire. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: The Puerto Rican flag flies as people protest outside of Wall Street against cutbacks and austerity measures forced onto the severely indebted island of Puerto Rico on December 2, 2015 in New York City. Puerto Rico made a $355 million payment on Tuesday on its bond debt to stave off a default. Officials have warned that the commonwealth's fiscal position remain dire. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: Edwin Diaz #39 of Puerto Rico celebrates after Puerto Rico beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 in the World Baseball Classic Pool F Game One at PETCO Park on March 14, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Honorable Mentions

Roberto Alomar is one of the four current Puerto Rican born players in the Hall of Fame. Even though he only spent two seasons in Queens, it’s always awesome when you can say a Hall of Famer has played for you.

The Ponce native was able to hit 13 home runs during his time with the Mets and drive in 75 RBI over the two seasons. Alomar was one of the smoothest second basemen in the game at the time although he did not win any Gold Gloves with the Mets as he was on the decline of his career. He will mostly be remembered for his years in the American League. It’s still a fun fact that he played for the Mets even if at the time it didn’t feel so special.

Edwin Diaz is the current Mets closer and most recent Puerto Rican reliever to put on the blue and orange uniform. Diaz will probably find himself on this list as soon as he has one full season with the Mets, but since he’s only been here for a few months he’s not quite eligible.

Although in the short time he has been here we have seen what the future may hold as he could go down as one of the best relief pitchers in Mets history. Diaz had a major league-leading 57 saves last season en route to winning the American League reliever of the year award. He racked up 124 strikeouts last year as it was the first time in his career he had 100 plus strikeouts in a season. To go along with it he added a stellar 1.96 ERA.

We should expect more men from Puerto Rico to add their name to this list and even bump those off from the top five. Until then, these are the best Puerto Rican natives in this team’s history.

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