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:
And the bottom ten:
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.