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

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Third base is next up in the off day wins above replacement (WAR) series.  Presented here are the top ten seasons in Mets history according to Sean Smith's WAR Database:

Rank Year Player WAR
1 2007 David Wright 8.0
2 1989 Howard Johnson 7.7
3 1999 Robin Ventura 7.0
4 1997 Edgardo Alfonzo 6.7
5 2008 David Wright 6.0
6 2002 Edgardo Alfonzo 5.3
7 2006 David Wright 4.7
8 2005 David Wright 4.6
9 1987 Howard Johnson 4.5
10 1991 Howard Johnson 4.3

And the bottom ten:

Rank Year Player WAR
38 1967 Ed Charles 0.4
39 1969 Wayne Garrett 0.3
40 1995 Edgardo Alfonzo 0.3
41 1983 Hubie Brooks 0.2
42 1985 Howard Johnson 0.2
43 1964 Charley Smith -0.1
44 1972 Jim Fregosi -0.3
45 1971 Bob Aspromonte -1.7
46 2003 Ty Wigginton -1.7
47 1982 Hubie Brooks -1.8

Some brief bullet points:

  • Seven of the top ten seasons are from David Wright and Howard Johnson, two current Mets employees.  Based on what I've been reading on other Mets blogs, there's a large contingent of the fan base which wouldn't mind seeing both of them become former Mets employees.
  • It's possible that Wright will own seven or eight of the top ten seasons by the time he's done playing.  That is, unless he gets run out of town by the flat-earth society.
  • Robin Ventura's 1999 season was special.  He's one of the most valuable all-around third basemen of the last twenty years.
  • Both TotalZone and UZR are really harsh on Ty Wigginton's defense.  His 2003 season was a disaster.