Best Mets starting position player on every World Series team we don’t talk about enough
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets have been to five World Series. Each time, certain everyday position players shined throughout the regular season.
However, lost in the glory, are performances by some Mets players that seem to have been forgotten.
You probably already know the names of the big stars from the World Series years. Cleon Jones. Darryl Strawberry. Mike Piazza. What about those men who put together productive years that seem to have been lost? Let’s tip our cap to them.
Best 1969 Mets position player we don’t talk about enough – Ken Boswell
Ken Boswell was my inspiration to put this list together. I’ll often go back to the Baseball-Reference pages for many past Mets teams to see if I can find anything interesting. While searching around on the 1969 Mets, I couldn’t help but notice how well Boswell performed for them.
The team’s starting second baseman slashed .279/.347/.381 in 405 plate appearances. A light-hitting middle infielder, he did manage to leg out 7 triples on the season.
An outlier campaign on the back of his baseball card, he was a big part of the team’s regular season success.
In the postseason, Boswell played in all three NLCS games. Somehow, he found his power stroke. The man hit just three home runs in the regular season. Against the Atlanta Braves in his first postseason, he went deep twice and drove in five.
Boswell played in only one game of the World Series because of his left-handed bat and the southpaws starting for the Baltimore Orioles. Regardless, Boswell was a hugely underrated contributor to the first Mets team to win it all.