Off Day WAR: The Best And Worst Seasons By Mets First Basemen

Next up in the off day wins above replacement (WAR) series is the first base position. Here are the top 10 seasons in Mets history per Sean Smith's WAR database:

Rank Year Player WAR
1 1998 John Olerud 7.9
2 1984 Keith Hernandez 6.3
3 1986 Keith Hernandez 5.8
4 1990 Dave Magadan 5.6
5 1999 John Olerud 5.3
6 1985 Keith Hernandez 5.2
7 1997 John Olerud 5.0
8 1983 Keith Hernandez 4.5
9 1980 Lee Mazzilli 3.9
10 2006 Carlos Delgado 3.9

And the bottom 10:

Rank Year Player WAR
38 1965 Ed Kranepool 0.1
39 2002 Mo Vaughn -0.1
40 2004 Mike Piazza -0.3
41 1996 Butch Huskey -0.4
42 1962 Marv Throneberry -0.5
43 1967 Ed Kranepool -0.5
44 1982 Dave Kingman -0.6
45 1994 David Segui -0.7
46 1968 Ed Kranepool -1.0
47 1979 Willie Montanez -2.1

 Some quick notes:

  • Keith Hernandez and John Olerud are two of my favorite players ever, and it's no surprise they dominate this list. If the Hall of Fame voters valued defense as they should, Keith would have received more consideration. 
  • Dave "Mr. OBP" Magadan. Nice 1990 season for Dave.
  • The bottom 10 list is filled with some beloved characters in Mets history (Ed Kranepool, Mike Piazza, Marv Throneberry) and others not so beloved (Dave Kingman). Mo Vaughn was memorable for his fatness and the Mo-Licious sandwich, but his on-field performance was quite poor.

For more on Mets first basemen, check out Alex Nelson's retrospective at Mets Geek: Part 1 and Part 2.

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