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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Completing the Infield - Mets at Second Base

Again, same rules as before.  (And yes, I am well aware of the platoon situation of Backman/Teufel - the guy who played more games is the "primary".

So here we go...

1962 - Charlie Neal - 85 games
1963 - Ron Hunt - 142
1964 - Ron Hunt - 109
1965 - Chuck Hiller - 80
1966 - Ron Hunt - 123
1967 - Jerry Buchek - 95
1968 - Phil Linz - 71
1969 - Ken Boswell - 96
1970 - Ken Boswell - 101
1971 - Ken Boswell - 109
1972 - Ken Boswell - 94
1973 - Felix Millan - 153
1974 - Felix Millan - 134
1975 - Felix Millan - 162
1976 - Felix Millan - 136
1977 - Felix Millan - 89
1978 - Doug Flynn - 128
1979 - Doug Flynn - 148
1980 - Doug Flynn - 128
1981 - Doug Flynn - 100
1982 - Wally Backman - 88
1983 - Brian Giles - 140
1984 - Wally Backman - 115
1985 - Wally Backman - 140
1986 - Wally Backman - 113
1987 - Tim Teufel - 92
1988 - Wally Backman - 92
1989 - Gregg Jefferies - 123
1990 - Gregg Jefferies - 118
1991 - Gregg Jefferies - 77
1992 - Willie Randolph - 79
1993 - Jeff Kent - 127
1994 - Jeff Kent - 107
1995 - Jeff Kent - 122
1996 - Jose Vizciano - 93
1997 - Carlos Baerga - 131
1998 - Carlos Baerga - 144
1999 - Edgardo Alfonzo - 158
2000 - Edgardo Alfonzo - 146
2001 - Edgardo Alfonzo - 122
2002 - Roberto Alomar - 147
2003 - Roberto Alomar - 72
2004 - Danny Garcia - 44
2005 - Miguel Cairo - 82
2006 - Jose Valentin - 94
2007 - Luis Castillo - 50
2008 - Luis Castillo - 81
2009 - Luis Castillo - 137
2010 - Luis Castillo - 74

The Mets have had 22 primary second basemen through their first 49 full seasons

Felix Milan and Wally Backman each lead the pack with 5 primary seasons.

Felix Milan - 5 seasons - 1973-1977
Wally Backman - 5 - 1982, 1984-1986, 1988
Ken Boswell - 4 - 1969-1972
Doug Flynn - 4 - 1978-1981
Luis Castillo - 4 - 2007-2010
Ron Hunt - 3 - 1964-1964, 1966
Gregg Jefferies - 3 -1989-1991
Jeff Kent - 3 - 1993-1995
Edgardo Alfonzo - 3 - 1999-2001

While no Met has been the primary Second Baseman for more than 5 seasons (Wally nearly got 6, but for that pesky platoon in 1987), this has been a position of relative stability despite having roughly the same number of regulars as the other infield positions.  The position has been held for 3 years by 9 different players.  33 of the first 49 full seasons have been manned by players that have had hold of the positions for at least three years.

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