The New York Mets are a franchise known for their pitching. After all, they have had seven Cy Young Award trophies come to Queens but not a single MVP winner.
While the bats might be a little underwhelming, there're definitely some great players who have been great players playing the infield.
The Mets might have a franchise-changing infielder on their hands currently locked up on a 10-year extension! Things are definitely looking up.
Who are the 15 greatest Mets infielders in franchise history?
15. Wally Backman
Wally Backman wasn't the flashiest player, but he got the job done. He held the role of the everyday second baseman from 1984-1986 and did quite well. He's someone that could be relied upon to get on base and added a speed element, stealing 30+ bases in 1984 and 1985.
Backman had his best season in 1986 season, slashing .320/.376/.385. He did only have one home run and 27 RBI, but he was just a great situational hitter. He'd do all the little things whether that's moving a runner over with a ground ball to the right side or dropping down a bunt.
His style of play might not be so prevalent in today's game but for the old days he was a great player. He peaked during the 1986 World Series, posting a .333/.429/.333 slash line in the series victory.
He might not be the best, but you can't tell the 1986 story without Wally Backman.