Continuing the wins above replacement (WAR) series, here are the best seasons by Mets second basemen per Sean Smith's WAR database:
And the bottom 10:
- 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: