2) NY Mets Best Outfield Trios: Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee, Art Shamsky/Ron Swoboda
The 1969 Mets are still a favorite among baseball fans—even those who don’t bleed blue and orange. The team’s run to a championship seemed to come out of nowhere after a near-decade of losing.
This World Series-winning club had an outfield that included Cleon Jones in left, Tommie Agee in center, and a classic platoon in right with time being shared between the lefty Art Shamsky and the righty Ron Swoboda.
Jones went out and hit .340 for the Mets this season while knocking 12 home runs and driving in 75. The batting average would hold as the best in franchise history for decades. Add in a team-leading 16 stolen bases and we have a memorable year from the greatest left fielder in Mets history.
In center field, Agee led the team with 26 home runs and 76 RBI. He hit an awesome .271/.342/.464 and played exceptional defense.
As for the platoon duo, only Shamsky had numbers that aged well. In his 349 trips to the plate, Shamsky batted .300/.375/.488 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI. By comparison to Swoboda’s .235/.326/.361 with 9 home runs and 52 RBI in 375 plate appearances, it’s the much more favorable stat line.
But we shouldn’t take away how important Swoboda was to the Mets. After all, it was his famous catch that was necessary on their way to winning it all.