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MIAMI - MARCH 14: Carlos Delgado #21 of Puerto Rico congratulates Carlos Beltran #15 after Beltran's solo home run in the seventh inning against the United States during round 2 of the World Baseball Classic at Dolphin Stadium on March 14, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Puerto Rico defeated the United States 11-1 in seven innings. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
MIAMI - MARCH 14: Carlos Delgado #21 of Puerto Rico congratulates Carlos Beltran #15 after Beltran's solo home run in the seventh inning against the United States during round 2 of the World Baseball Classic at Dolphin Stadium on March 14, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Puerto Rico defeated the United States 11-1 in seven innings. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 25: Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets celebrates a run with Angel Pagan against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 25, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The New York Mets have a rich history of Puerto Rican star position players who have suited up for the organization over the course of the franchise’s history. While some players have lived up to the expectations that preceded them, some players have also infamously not exactly been the type of player Mets fans were expecting.

For all intents and purposes of this article, we are going to focus on the four best Puerto Rican position players in Mets history and construct our own Mount Rushmore with those four players. When you look at the original Mount Rushmore the four presidents who are featured on the iconic landmark, each have impacted American history in their own way which has shaped the country we live in today. It can be argued that each of these players has shaped the Mets franchise in their own way during their time spent with the organization.

The New York Mets have obtained a plethora of talented players from the island of Puerto Rico that has transformed the franchise in multiple ways.

It’s important to note that different Mount Rushmore lists around sports revolve around a player’s talent as well as their influence on a fan base. Each of these four players listed has brought a different dynamic to the organization in their own way both on and off the field, which etches their faces into our Mount Rushmore.

While there were quite a few candidates to choose from, as the Mets have a rich history of Puerto Rican players, I’m fairly confident most Mets fans can agree on these four position players being the greatest Puerto Rican position players in Mets history. I believe the only thing that may be slightly debatable is whether this landmark should be placed in Queens or San Juan but that seems like another debate for another day.

Without further delay, let’s now transition into the first face that is being carved onto our very own Mount Rushmore.

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