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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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New York Mets player Robin Ventura watches his hit / MATT CAMPBELL/GettyImages

7. Robin Ventura

Robin Ventura is an example of a player who did not get enough credit in his day, but would get it now if he was playing.

His batting average might not be super high, but he got on base at an extremely impressive clip, hit for power, and was an outstanding third baseman defensively.

Ventura only played three seasons with the Mets but left his mark. In those seasons he slashed .260/.360/.444 with 77 home runs and 265 RBI.

His best season in Flushing came in 1999 when he slashed .301/.379/.529 with 32 home runs and 120 RBI. He finished sixth in the MVP voting and won his sixth and final Gold Glove.

His batting average declined the next two seasons in Queens, hanging in the .230's but he still got on base a lot and hit for power, posting a .358 and .359 OBP respectively with 20+ home runs in those seasons.

Ventura might not have been in New York for the longest time, but he did have one of the biggest hits in Mets history which is how he is remembered. In Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS against the Braves, Ventura hit the Grand Slam Single which kept the Mets in that series. They would lose the series, but that was just an extremely clutch moment from a very clutch player.

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