8. Carlos Beltran, Yankees
For most Mets fans, their lasting memory of Carlos Beltran in a Metropolitan uniform was…well, I think you can take an educated guess.
But, let’s look on the bright side. These days Beltran’s career seems to be nearing its end. The talk around town went from strike three looking to whether or not he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
(My take: Carlos is absolutely worthy of the Hall of Fame, but that’s a story for another day.)
From 2006-2008, during the Mets “glory days” of the mid-2000s (which included just one playoff appearance and two epic collapses), Beltran slammed 101 homers into the stands at Shea (RIP).
Now, Carlos is on the wrong side of 30 and his power is gradually (maybe, rapidly) declining. Yet, at times last year – on his way to 19 bombs – Beltran reminded both Mets and Yankees fans why he was so beloved in New York City.