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Ranking the 15 greatest Mets infielders in franchise history

Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) and New York Mets
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) and New York Mets / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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11. Rey Ordonez

Another player who is known a lot more for his glove than his bat is Ray Ordonez. In his seven years as a Met, Ordonez slashed .245/.290/.304 with eight home runs and 260 RBI. His 58 OPS+ shows he was nowhere near even an average hitter. And yet, he's a top 15 infielder in franchise history.

Ordonez was known for his glove during his time in the Major Leagues. With that said, things didn't always go smoothly for him. When he debuted in 1996, he committed a whopping 27 errors. In a time where there weren't many defensive metrics that anyone cared about other than errors, he was seen as more of a liability in the field which is crazy considering where his career ended up.

In each of his next three seasons Ordonez would win the National League Gold Glove award at shortstop. He committed just nine errors in 1997 and only four in 1999. Even with his 17 errors in 1998, Ordonez's reputation as one of if not the league's best defensive shortstop helped him win the award.

Ordonez would suffer a season ending injury in 2000 and would never win another Gold Glove again. With his bad bat and declining glove the Mets couldn't justify playing him every day again so he was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2002 offseason.

Despite only playing seven seasons in Queens, Ordonez is third in defensive WAR with 10.2. He was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame this past season as well.

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