Ranking the top 15 outfielders for the New York Mets as they enter their 60th season sounds pretty easy but it's a lot harder than I thought it'd be.
The Mets have always been a franchise known for its pitching. They've had all-time greats like Tom Seaver, Doc Gooden, and Jacob deGrom to name a few. On the offensive side of the ball, it's a lot thinner.
Coming up with 15 outfielders was hard, but definitely easier than finding 15 infielders.
Who are the 15 greatest Mets outfielders in franchise history?
15. Ron Swoboda
Ron Swoboda played six of his nine years with the Mets. He debuted just three years after the franchise was born. His stats with the Mets are not all that impressive. He slashed .242/.319/.387 with 69 home runs and 304 RBI.
His best season came in 1967 when he recorded his highest batting average of .281 and his second highest home run total of 13.
Swoboda is most known for one thing. The catch. In the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 1969 World Series, Swoboda made an unbelievable diving catch with the Orioles rallying. That fly-out did tie the game but had it gone by Swoboda the Orioles likely would've taken the lead and who knows what would've happened in that series if that was the case.
Swoboda also drove in what eventually became the game winning run in the clinching Game 5. These two memorable moments in the 1969 World Series came after he didn't even play in the NLCS. Swoboda hit .400 in his four World Series games and holds a special place in Mets fans hearts because of how big he came up in a moment of need.