The Mets all-time Kryptonite starting lineup

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First baseman Mo Vaughn

Mo Vaughn was one of the most feared hitters in baseball. He established himself as a .300 hitter during his eight seasons with the Boston Red Sox and averaged 35 homers with 114 RBI, with a .394 OBP while with the Sox. He was “Big Papi” before there was a Big Papi in Boston.

Vaughn would move on to the California Angels where his batting average would dip a bit, but he would hit 33 and 36 homers in the two seasons he was in Anaheim.

After sitting out the entire 2001 season with an injury, the Mets acquired him from the Angels, hoping that he still could produce the same kinds of numbers he put up with the Sox and the Angels.

But Vaughn was no longer the player he once was. He managed to play 139 games in 2002 and hit .259 with 26 homers with 72 RBI. The following year, he was just brutal. In 27 games the big guy couldn’t even get over the Mendoza Line…hitting a mere .190

He lost his stroke, his power, and it wasn’t long before he lost the starting first base job to…remember this name…Jason Phillips.