New York Mets: Top 10 seasons by position players in the 2010s
2) Jose Reyes in 2011
In his final season with the Mets, Jose Reyes did something no other player in franchise history has. The man won a freakin’ batting title.
I’m not going to put an asterisk to this accomplishment. Although he played in only 126 games and left the final game after securing the batting title, it’s something no other Mets player has done. His season as a whole was superb and worthy of a place on this list.
Along with a league-best .337 batting average, Reyes also led the National League with 16 triples. He scored 101 runs, stole 39 bases, and finished 11th in the MVP vote. On a better team, he would have likely gotten more consideration.
Reyes had some memorable seasons with the Mets. At least in this decade, the best occurred in 2011 when he was an All-Star for the final time in his career.
1) Pete Alonso in 2019
Perhaps a little bias because of how recent it took place, I still believe what Pete Alonso did in 2019 is the best performance we saw from any Mets position player all decade long. He shattered the franchise home run record and added on plenty more records along the way.
Alonso proved he was more than a reincarnation of Dave Kingman. While smashing his 53 home runs, he also slashed a solid .260/.358/.583. The Polar Bear also added 30 doubles and drove in 120 runs. The RBI total tied him for second all-time, only four behind a shared record held by Mike Piazza and David Wright.
For his efforts, Alonso was the National League’s Rookie of the Year. The big guy received 29 of the 30 votes. He also finished seventh in the MVP voting.
It’s amazing to see a kid without a single season of MLB experience do what Alonso did. Nobody in the history of the game has had a rookie year like the one Alonso did in 2019. He finished off the decade in a phenomenal way, giving this franchise plenty of hope for the future.
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