Around the Diamond – Left Field

An article by posted on January 30, 2014

As we continue our Mets Around the Diamond feature, we now come to Left Field.

During the Mets’ 52 year history, there have been 25 everyday left fielders. Not so bad compared to center and right field.

cleon jonesThe following are the ten players who have played the most games in Left Field for the Mets in franchise history.

10 – Benny Agbayani (2000-01). Benny played 234 games in Left (198 starts). In 2000, he batted .289 with 15 HR and 60 RBI.

9 – Frank Thomas (1962-63). Frank played 253 games in Left Field (251 starts). In 1962, he hit had a solid season for the Mets, batting .266 with 34 HR and 94 RBI.

8 – Jason Bay (2010-12). Hard to believe that Jason played in 280 games in Left (267 starts) for the Mets, isn’t it? In 2011, he hit .245 with 12 HR and 57 RBI.

7 – John Milner (1972, 1976). John played in 283 games in Left (271 starts). He was also in the top 10 in games played at First Base. In 1976, he hit .271 with 15 HR and 78 RBI.

6 – Bernard Gilkey (1996-98). Bernard played 363 games in Left (347 starts). In 1996, he hit .317 with 30 HR, 117 RBI, and 108 runs scored.

5 – Cliff Floyd (2003-06). Cliff played 443 games for the Mets in Left (437 starts). In 2005, he had his best season for the Amazins, batting .273 with 34 HR and 98 RBI.

4 – Steve Henderson (1977-80). Hendu played 482 games in Left Field (480 starts). In 1980, he hit .290 with 8 HR, 58 RBI, and 23 stolen bases.

3 – George Foster (1982-85). George played 617 games in Left (610 starts). In 1984, he hit .269 with 24 HR and 86 RBI.

2 – Kevin McReynolds (1987-91, 1994). McReynolds played 758 games in Left (732 starts). In 1988, the underrated Met hit .288 with 27 HR, 99 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.

1 – Cleon Jones (1968-71, 1973-74). Cleon played 800 games in Left (717 starts). In 1969, he hit .340 with 12 HR, 75 RBI, and 94 runs scored.

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Roger is a lifelong Mets fan since 1981, now married with kids and still knows that there is no such thing as a bad day at the ballpark with your child. Growing up, he wanted to be either the Second Baseman for the Mets - or their statistician. Follow him at @BigMetsFan1. email him at metsfanontwitter@aol.com

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