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

Continuing the wins above replacement (WAR) series, here are the best seasons by Mets second basemen per Sean Smith's WAR database:

Rank Year Player WAR
1 2000 Edgardo Alfonzo 6.5
2 1999 Edgardo Alfonzo 6.1
3 1986 Wally Backman 3.5
4 1973 Felix Millan 3.3
5 2006 Jose Valentin 3.3
6 1990 Gregg Jefferies 2.9
7 1994 Jeff Kent 2.9
8 1964 Ron Hunt 2.8
9 1995 Jeff Kent 2.8
10 1963 Ron Hunt 2.7
Tied 1966 Ron Hunt 2.7
Tied 1988 Wally Backman 2.7

 And the bottom 10:

Rank Year Player WAR
38 1962 Charlie Neal -0.3
39 1998 Carlos Baerga -0.3
40 2008 Luis Castillo -0.4
41 1977 Felix Millan -0.5
42 2005 Miguel Cairo -0.5
43 1972 Ken Boswell -0.6
44 1974 Felix Millan -0.6
45 1981 Doug Flynn -1.2
46 1978 Doug Flynn -1.7
47 1979 Doug Flynn -2.0

 Quick thoughts:

  • That's a huge dropoff between the top two Alfonzo seasons and third place.  Backman picked the right time to have a career year.
  • The biggest gap between best and worst season belongs to Felix Millan.  Amazingly, they were in back to back seasons. 
  • Contributions from the likes of Valentin made all the difference for the 2006 Mets.  Replace the 2008 trio of Castillo/Easley/A. Reyes with 2006 Valentin and the Mets likely would have made the playoffs.
  • Doug Flynn, yikes. 

For more on Mets second basemen, check out Alex Nelson's retrospective at Mets Geek: Part 1 and Part 2.  Finally, enjoy this picture of our current and future(?!) second basemen exchanging an awkward fist pound:

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