2. 1B Carlos Delgado, 2008
2008 Season stats — 598 at-bats, .271/.353/.518, 96 runs, 32 doubles, 38 home runs, 115 RBIs, 72 walks/124 strikeoutsOne of the premier power hitters in the MLB consistently during his 17-year career, Carlos Delgado came to the Mets in 2006 at 34 years-old and became a fan favorite immediately. The 6-foot-3, 215 pound lefty finished in the top-12 of the MVP vote six times in his career (twice with the Mets), winning three Silver Slugger Awards as well.
Delgado was a force to be reckoned with in the cleanup spot of the Mets lineup in 2008, getting plenty of RBI opportunities hitting behind accomplished bats in third baseman David Wright, center fielder Carlos Beltran and shortstop Jose Reyes. In fact, they were such a dangerous group, that this was perhaps the most formidable lineup the Mets have put together over the last 16 years, scoring one run shy of 800 runs that season.
The pure power he had is something reminiscent of recent Mets star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, given both player’s ability to hit fastballs and make his homers look effortless.