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NY Mets best players at each position five years from now

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) National League All-Star David Wright of the New York Mets greets baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver after the pair combined for the ceremonial first pitch before the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) National League All-Star David Wright of the New York Mets greets baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver after the pair combined for the ceremonial first pitch before the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO – JULY 18: Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets bats during the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California on July 18, 2007. The Padres defeated the Mets 5-4. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

All-time best Mets center fielders five years from now

When was the last time the Mets had a great center fielder? Both defensively and offensively, it has been a challenge for this franchise.

Fortunately, there is a rich history of talented players who have called the position their own. Putting any current or future Mets on this list could be risky. I’m curious to see if we get a Pete Crow-Armstrong sighting.

Matt
1. Carlos Beltran
2. Mookie Wilson
3. Tommie Agee
4. Lenny Dykstra
5. Lee Mazzilli

Elizabeth
1. Carlos Beltran
2. Tommie Agee
3. Mookie Wilson
4. Lenny Dykstra
5. Lee Mazzilli

Michael
1. Carlos Beltran
2. Mookie Wilson
3. Charlie Blackmon
4. Lenny Dykstra
5. Tommie Agee

A quick scan and you might think we have three nearly identical lists. And we do! There are only six different names on these lists. Matt and Elizabeth are nearly the same. The only difference is Matt has Mookie Wilson as number two and Elizabeth has him swapped with her runner-up, Tommie Agee.

Lenny Dykstra finished fourth on every list. There are no real surprises except for one.

Michael makes the bold prediction that the third greatest center fielder in Mets history five years from now will be Charlie Blackmon. Chuck Nasty is going to end up with the Mets and accomplish enough to have a better career in Flushing than Dykstra and Agee. Personally, I have my doubts on this. Blackmon could surely end up with the Mets. However, I see him more suited toward transitioning into a corner outfield role. He turns 35 this summer and doesn’t strike me as an ageless wonder ready to roam center field for another five seasons.

I will say I appreciate the boldness of this prediction. Blackmon is a guy I think many fans outside of Colorado enjoy watching play. He can do a little bit of everything. If he was with the Mets in his prime, Blackmon would have easily climbed onto our top five list.

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