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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: A New York Mets batting helmet in the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: A New York Mets batting helmet in the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 21: Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets walks out of the dugout after the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on July 21, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Beltran played in his final home game as a member of the Mets. The Cardinals defeated the Mets 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

2) Carlos Beltrán

CF, 2005-11

.280/.369/.500, .869 OPS, 129 OPS+, 149 HR, 559 RBI, 31.1 WAR

Most recently, Carlos Beltrán has been in the news for being relieved of his duties as Mets manager before even commencing because of his involvement in the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal.

However, Mets fans haven’t forgotten how important of a hitter he was to their team not so long ago.

In 2004, Beltrán signed a seven-year, $119 million deal with the Mets which, at that point, was the largest contract in franchise history

. Beltrán has been one of the organization’s best hitters this century and put up fantastic numbers during his time in New York. He was a four-time All-Star, finished fourth in NL MVP voting in 2006, and was a three-time Gold Glover and a two-time Silver Slugger.

In 2006, he set the single-season record for most runs scored with 127.

Beltrán is famous for not swinging in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, but he played well that series, recording eight hits, including three home runs.

Beltran led the Mets in sacrifice flies in 2005. In 2006, he led the team in runs, home runs, slugging and on-base percentage, OPS, walks, and tied for the team lead in RBI.

In 2007, he led the team in home runs and RBI and was tied for the lead in sacrifice flies. He led the team in games and runs in 2008 and in intentional walks in 2009. In 2011, he led the Mets in home runs, RBI, and walks.

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