Best Mets who have had two tours with the orange and blue
By Alan Karmin
Left field, for me, will always seem like hallowed ground as the place – at least at Shea Stadium – where Cleon Jones dropped to one knee…memorialized forever. Cleon and the number .340 will always be associated with left field for the Mets, but the position has yielded some production over the years, and two of those productive players were brought back for more.
Kevin McReynolds (22) was always reliable and, for some reason, always despised. I loved the guy. He was old school. He played the game hard…and he played it the right way. But he was brought to a team that had just won the World Series in 1986 and that was loud and, quite often, obnoxious.
McReynolds was quiet. He just wanted to blend into the woodwork, do his job, and go home. And he did his job and did it well. And he put up very respectable numbers. In five seasons, he averaged 23 home runs and 87 RBI, and walked more than he struck out. And he was an excellent left fielder and also played a pretty good centerfield when asked.
McReynolds left for two quiet seasons in Kansas City before a return visit to Flushing for an unproductive 51 games during the 1994 season.
Roger Cedeno (19) is a conundrum. He actually had his most productive years as a Met. Cedeno came from the Dodgers and in 1999 hit .313 with an on base percentage of .396 and stole 66 bases. Incredibly he was gone after that season. But then he was brought back for the 2002 and 2003 campaigns. And although his average dipped to the .265 level, he was still very productive. For some reason, his career came to a halt at the ripe old age of 30.