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Howard Johnson and the New York Mets’ Top Five Third Basemen in Franchise History: A Fan’s View
The injury bug hit the New York Mets early this year.
While Johan Santana continues his slow recovery from shoulder surgery, third baseman David Wright is also being brought along slowly after recently suffering some stiffness in the left side of his rib cage.
In Wright's honor, here's a look back at the top five Mets third basemen in franchise history:
1) David Wright: At this point in his career, Wright's stats are very similar to the No. 2 man on the list. Despite "HoJo" being a part of the Mets' World Series championship team in 1986, I give Wright the nod for No. 1 because he earned five all-star nods and two Gold Glove awards. Wright ranks No. 1 amongst Mets third baseman in runs (699), hits (1,248) and runs batted in (725.)
2) Howard Johnson: Johnson was a part of the Mets' World Series championship team in 1986, but he didn't break out of his shell until the following season.
He tallied 114 hits or more in each season with the Mets between 1987 and 1991, including a career-high 164 in 1989. Johnson earned all-star nods in 1989 and 1991, and currently ranks No. 2 all-time amongst Mets third basemen in runs (627) and RBIS (629), and first all-time in homers (192.)
Johnson is also the Mets all-time leader for stolen bases by a third baseman, as he notched 202 during his stint in New York. David Wright will likely surpass him to become the Mets all-time leader in homeruns from a third baseman as soon as this season.
3) Edgardo Alfonzo: Alfonzo gave the Mets eight solid seasons at third base between 1995 and 2002. He was an All-Star in 2000, and currently ranks third all-time amongst Mets third basemen in runs (614), homers (120), RBIs (538), while ranking in the top five in stolen bases (45), walks (458) and and doubles (212.)
4) Wayne Garrett: Garrett was never an All-Star, but he was a consistent hitter and decent defenseman for the Mets between 1969 and 1976.
He appeared in 124 games in the Mets' 1969 World Championship season, and he tallied a career-high 129 hits in the 1973 season. Garrett ranks No. 4 all-time amongst Mets third basemen in runs (389), hits (667) and runs batted in with 295 (tied with Bobby Bonilla for fourth overall.)
5) Robin Ventura: While Dave Magadan has slightly betteran overall stats than Ventura amongst the Mets all-time leaders, the latter was a dominating presence both on offense and defense during his three seasons with the franchise.
Ventura won the Gold Glove award with the Mets during the 1999 season, and added a career-high 120 RBIs that season. He ranks ahead of Magadan in homers and RBIs as a Met, despite playing in 250 less games than him in New York.
Who else deserves a spot on this list, or in the top ten? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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