The most amazing New York Mets trades to bring a first baseman to Flushing include some of baseball’s best.
Pete Alonso could very well go down in history as the greatest first baseman in New York Mets history. Before him, the club has employed a variety of men at the position typically known for its power and offensive production.
Unlike Alonso, many of the franchise’s greatest first basemen came to town via trade. Alonso is one of the few homegrown first basemen who lived up to the hype. These other Mets first basemen from the past did so via trade.
From the 1960s through the early 2000s, these are four amazing trades the club made to find a new first baseman.
Donn Clendenon, 1969
Although Donn Clendenon wasn’t exclusively a first baseman, his impact on the franchise and frequent appearances at the position deserve a mention on this list. He was involved in arguably the greatest trade in Mets history because of the impact he had only months later.
Clendenon joined the Mets in June of 1969 in a deal with the Montreal Expos. Five players went to Montreal, none of whom ever had the impact Clendenon did in New York.
During the regular season, Clendenon hit .252 for the Mets and added 12 home runs in 226 trips to the plate. It wasn’t until the World Series when the trade truly paid off.
Clendenon was awesome in the World Series for the Mets. In 16 plate appearances versus the Baltimore Orioles, he slashed .357/.438/1.071 with three home runs. He was voted the series MVP, leaving a lasting impression on fans of the Miracle Mets forever.
For the next two seasons, Clendenon continued to contribute on the field. He hit .288 with 22 home runs the following year and finished 13th in the MVP vote. His crowning achievement, though, will always be how he came through in the clutch for the club in the most important moments.