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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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Felix Millan

The first Puerto Rican born Met to appear on the list is a second baseman, Felix Millan. Millan, who was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico spent 5 years with the Mets as he wrapped up his career.

Millan made his MLB debut in the year of 1966 and was a part of the waves of Puerto Rican born players to make their debuts during that time period. After just 2 players made their debut in the ’40s, 14 players made their debut in the ’50s and 24 during the ’60s.

Millan spent a majority of his career playing second base as he has only made one career start at shortstop and third base. Millan spent 7 years with the Atlanta Braves before becoming a Met in 1973, securing Gold Gloves in 1969 and 1972.

His best season with the Mets was his first year with the team. He had 3 home runs that season, the most he would hit as a Met in a single season, and drove in 37 runs. He batted .290 on the year and was good enough to get some MVP votes although he finished 16th.

In 5 seasons with the Mets, Millan was a career .278 hitter with an OBP of .326. He hit a total of 8 home runs and tallied 182 RBI. The 3-time All-Star was impressive for the Mets during the 1973 NLCS as he batted .316 with 2 RBI.

Millan may not find his name next to the greatest Mets of all time, but he was an impactful player during the short time he was in Queens. In 1974 he led all of the Majors with 24 sacrifice hits and opened the door for more Puerto Rican born players for years to come.

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