Left Field – Dave Kingman
Dave Kingman didn’t play all that much left field for the Mets, but it was a spot he did occasionally find himself at during his New York tenure. It’s also essential we get him into the all-power lineup. This is Dave Kingman, after all.
Kingman is the definition of a power hitter. Hitting home runs was his primary goal even at the cost of striking out and a low batting average.
Through his two stops with the team, Kingman managed to hit 154 home runs. He even led the league with 37 in 1982—the second time he topped the rest of the league in his career and the first as a member of the Metropolitans.
Center Field – Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran’s Mets story has had more twists and turns than anyone would have ever expected when he first signed with the team before the 2005 season. It looked like he would manage the team in 2020, but his involvement in the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal nixed that opportunity.
Regardless of this, Beltran is still worthy of a spot on the team’s all-power lineup. His 41 dingers in 2006 tied Hundley’s record set a decade prior. He put together other powerful seasons as well, finishing his time with the Mets hitting 149.
Center fielders don’t always have the same level of power Beltran did during his career. It’s a nice addition any team would want from a position typically yearning more for speed and defense above anything else.
Right Field – Darryl Strawberry
If I was putting together a list of the sweetest swings in Mets history, it would be a one-man list of Darryl Strawberry. Nobody compares to him in this category.
Strawberry is the best home run hitter in Mets history thanks to his franchise-record 252. He accomplished this by hitting anywhere from 26-39 every year from his debut season in 1983 through his final year with the Mets in 1990.
Not only is Strawberry the all-time Mets home run king, he’s also the franchise’s undeniable best right fielder. I don’t foresee him getting replaced on this list anytime soon.
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