3 Greatest Outfielders in Mets History

Tristan Jung
Carlos Beltran makes the list of best Mets outfielders ever.
Carlos Beltran makes the list of best Mets outfielders ever. / Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The New York Mets have had a rollercoaster history since they were formed in 1962. Going from the team with the most losses ever in 1962 to a World Series title in 1969 set the tone for their fortunes, but they've still managed to have a solid collection of all-time greats.

Here's a list of the three greatest Mets outfielders of all-time.

3. Mookie Wilson

Although Mookie Wilson is best known for hitting the ball that Bill Buckner infamously let through his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, his ten years as the Mets' primary center fielder were enough to earn him a spot on this list. Wilson stole 281 bases in his 10-year career with the Mets and was a remarkably consistent contact hitter, posting a career .276 batting average during his time in New York.

2. Carlos Beltrán

Carlos Beltrán only spent seven seasons as a Met after coming up with the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros. Beltrán became an instant force in the Mets' lineup, though. He hit 117 homers in his first four years in New York and was respected as one of the top all-around players in baseball, making five All-Star teams and winning three Gold Gloves in New York. Of course, Beltrán is also immortalized in Mets lore for other reasons: taking the final pitch of the 2006 NLCS (a strike), being traded for Zack Wheeler at the deadline, and becoming the Mets' manager only to step down amid his implication in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal before ever coaching a game.

1. Darryl Strawberry

Although Darryl Strawberry only spent eight years with the Mets, he certainly made his mark. Strawberry burst onto the scene as a rookie, winning the 1983 Rookie of the Year Award. After that, Strawberry was off to the races, emerging as a superstar right fielder. In 1985, 1987, and 1988, Strawberry had an OPS+ over 160. He is also the Mets' all-time leader in home runs with 252. However, he signed with the Dodgers in free agency after the 1990 season, and his numbers fell apart after 1991 due to off-field issues and age. Still, the seven-time All-Star is one of the best position players in Mets' history.

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