4) NY Mets Best Outfield Trios: Benny Agbayani, Jay Payton, Derek Bell
Another one year trio, these three helped get the Mets to the 2000 World Series. None were near the biggest stars on the team. However, they combined to become what I believe is one of the most underrated threesomes in Mets’ outfield history.
Benny Agbayani, Jay Payton, and Derek Bell were the three primary outfielders for the Mets in this eventually ill-fated trip to the championship. They kind of completed each other.
Agbayani led the three with a .477 slugging percentage over the course of 415 plate appearances. Payton had the batting average advantage at .291. As for the veteran of the group, Bell, he gave the Mets the most power in terms of numbers with 18 home runs and 69 RBI.
These three matched so closely in some numbers it’s frightening. They all had 15-18 home runs and had 60-69 RBI. Hitting in a variety of spots in the order, they gave the Mets’ star infielders runners to drive in and opportunities to cross the plate on their own.
An added bonus for what makes this trio so special: only Bell started in the outfield on Opening Day. The club began with Rickey Henderson in left field and Darryl Hamilton in center field. Fortunately, changes were made and we got this legendary group of three underdogs.