WASHINGTON – MAY 1: Cliff Floyd of the New York Mets takes a swing in a game against the Washington Nationals on May 1, 2005 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. The Mets defeated the Nationals 6-3. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Aside from a few stalwarts through the years, the Mets haven’t had too many players hold down any one of the spots for a number of years except for Beltran and Juan Lagares. So this list of outfielders might be unexpected.
Left Field – Cliff Floyd
Cliff Floyd is one of my favorite players on this list. Aside from Ken Griffey Jr., he had one of the sweetest lefty swings in the league. He also had a swing I’ve most impersonated. Big Cliff’s only downfall on the Mets was that he spent a lot of time injured but in 2005 he showed what a healthy season looked like.
I’ll never forget on June 10th, 2005 when Floyd hit a walk-off home run against the Anaheim Angels in the 10th inning. I was watching the game with my sister and jumped so high I punched the ceiling fan as it was spinning.
And also, can we talk about the swag?! Floyd killed it in those black jerseys with the double earrings. He just exuded confidence with his walk.
Centerfield – Jay Payton
Jay Payton is another Mets player I don’t have too many memories of, but the ones I do are fond. I remember him having a fantastic rookie season. I especially remember when he got plunked in the head in a playoff game in 2000 and he sprung up like it didn’t happen.
His play was often inconsistent but he was fun to watch. Much like Brandon Nimmo, he had decent speed but didn’t know how to steal bases, but he was great patrolling center.
I was a bit upset when he got traded to the Rockies and then had a monster year…of course.
Right Field – Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson is a player I love more as a person than as a ballplayer. He had a lot of great moments on the field for the Mets and also a lot of bad play sprinkled throughout. Through it all, he was a constant professional, always upbeat, and always someone who spoke an encouraging word.
Of all the outfield positions, right field has seen the most inconsistency through the years as far as back-to-back seasons predominantly in this spot. The Grandy man was a lineup constant and even held his own in centerfield when needed.
I surely miss Granderson’s steady calm and no doubt impact on younger players. I hope one day they can bring him back in some capacity.
Favorite Team Lineup (For Fun)
This could be an 85 to 90 win team!
Mike Piazza, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Duaner Sanchez, Daniel Murphy, Asdrubal Cabrera, Joe McEwing.
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