Wilmer Flores began the 2015 season as the starting shortstop for the Mets. He is the 31st player to appear in at least 50 games at shortstop for the Mets. Have a look at the history of the position for the Mets since the franchise started in 1962, based on 50 appearances at short.
Games played: 1,280 (1,155 starts)
Bud Harrelson was the first Mets shortstop to play for the team for more than two consecutive seasons. At age 23, he was the starting shortstop in Flushing after playing a handful of games in 1965 and 1966. He was a .234 hitter in 13 seasons with the Mets (.236 for his career). He had defensive prowess, though, winning a Gold Glove in 1971.
Games played: 999 (957 starts)
One of the most energetic faces to ever put on a Mets uniform, Jose Reyes played for the team from 2003 through 2011. In that span, Reyes led the NL in triples four times, stolen bases three times and won the National League batting title in 2011. After signing as an amateur free agent in 1999, Reyes excelled through the minor leagues. Hitting .292/.341/.441 with the Mets, the Dominican Republic native set high standards for the position offensively. Defensively, he was just as stout, contributing more than 350 assists in six of his nine seasons with the team.
Games played: 907 (870 starts)
From 1996 until 2002, Rey Ordonez dazzled fans with his defensive flash. He won three Gold Gloves while with the Mets. In 1999, he committed just four errors. In 2000, he made six. He struggled at the plate, though, hitting .245 with a .289 on-base percentage in his seven seasons in New York.
Games played: 524 (461 starts)
Kevin Elster was in the top five for fielding percentage as a shortstop in 1988 and 1989, and he was on the field for more than 1,100 innings in those seasons. Elster played for the Mets from 1986 until 1992, and while solid on defense, he hit just .224 with an OBP of .288.
Games played: 478 (427 starts)
Rafael Santana was the shortstop for the Mets from 1984 through the 1987 season. He hit .248/.296/.310 in that span. He made 64 errors in those four seasons and had a WAR of 1.4.
Games played: 371 (254 starts)
Speed surely helped Frank Taveras in his three years with the Mets (1979-1981). He stole 90 bases in that time. He hit .263 with the Mets, and had a career-best .324 on-base percentage. He made 74 errors in his three seasons with the Mets.
Games played: 350 (332 starts)
Ruben Tejada has a .975 fielding percentage as a shortstop since debuting with the Mets in 2010. But his bat hasn’t materialized. Tejada hit .289 in 2012 (114 games) then dipped to .202 in 2013 (57 games) and .237 in 2014.
Games played: 335 (326 starts)
Roy McMillan spent the final three seasons of his 16-year career with the Mets (19654-66). The three-time Gold Glove winner (1957-59) struggled in the late stages of his career. He hit .226/.269/.275 with the Mets — all below his career averages.
Games played: 197 (192 starts)
From 1985 until 1993, he was usually seen at the hot corner for the Mets but also played shortstop. The two-time Silver Slugger award winner (1989 and 1991) had power, plate vision, speed and versatility. He hit 192 home runs with the Mets, and hit .251/.341/.459. In 1991, he led the NL in home runs (38) and RBI (117). Johnson also was a key part of the Mets’ 1986 World Series team.
Games played: 236 (227 starts)
Jose Vizcaino played on eight teams in his 18-year career. The flexible infielder played for the Mets from 1994 to 1996. A solid starter, he had a fielding percentage of .977 at shortstop, which provided the Mets with a steady glove. Vizcaino was solid at the plate as well, hitting .282/.332/.356 in 1,419 plate appearances.
Games played: 230 (192 starts)
Ron Gardenhire spent his entire playing career with the Mets (1981-85). He hit .232 with four home runs and 49 RBIs in 710 at-bats. At shortstop, he committed 45 errors and had a fielding percentage of .955.
Games played: 192 (157 starts)
Mike Phillips had a slash line of .250/.299/.335 for the Mets from 1975 to 1977. He made 31 errors in 550 chances (.944) in 1975.
Games played: 185 (142 starts)
Ted Martinez spent the first five of his nine MLB seasons with the Mets. His offensive contributions were limited — .235 average — but he was a good and versatile fielder.
Games played: 183 (159 starts)
During the first two seasons of his career in 1983 and 1984, Jose Oquendo was the starting shortstop for the Mets. In his first 201 games played, he hit .217/.269/.246 for the Mets. He recorded 28 errors in that span.
Games played: 157 (88 starts)
From 1981 to 1983, Bob Bailor played every position except first base, catcher and pitcher and was quite productive in doing so. In his time with the Mets, he was predominantly a shortstop, but he also played 119 games at second base. He had an OBP of .308 for the Mets, along with 48 RBIs and 40 stolen bases. Defensively, he was solid - producing 324 assists and a .969 fielding percentage.
Games played: 155 (126 starts)
After starting his career with the Cincinnati Reds, Doug Flynn was traded to the Mets in 1977 and stayed with the team until 1981. He hit .234/.264/.292 in his five years with the Mets. However, defensively, Flynn was as solid as the Mets could get. He won a Gold Glove in 1980 and made just six errors that season. Though his primary position was second base, he started 65 games at short in 1977.
Games played: 141 (130 games)
Dick Schofield’s lone season with the Mets in 1992 was a roller coaster. After being traded from the Angels, he hit .205 in his 142 games with the Mets. He had four home runs and 36 RBIs. However, he was stout on the field, with just seven errors in 1,144 2/3 innings at shortstop.
Games played: 131 (120 starts)
Al Moran’s stint in the majors ended just two months into his second season with the Mets. After making his debut with the team in 1963, he played just as poorly as the rest of the newest New York baseball team. He hit .195/.274/.229 with the Mets, and hit a home run in 135 total games. Moran had 363 putouts while starting at shortstop, and he played over 1,000 innings.
Games played: 129 (113 starts)
Tim Foli began his career with Mets in 1970 (five games), but it wasn’t until 1971 when he saw significant playing time.He left for Montreal in 1972 but returned to the Mets in 1978.. In his time with the Mets, he hit .243/.277/.302, and made just 18 errors in 129 games at shortstop.
Games played: 127 (106 starts)
The Franklin Square native was on the team from 1968 until he retired in 1971. He hit .191 with a .300 OBP. He had 22 errors while playing shortstop for the Mets, and in doing so - he had a fielding percentage under .960. He was the starting second baseman on the 1969 World Series champion Mets.
Games played: 126 (117 starts)
From 2012 to early 2014, he was playing shortstop, second base and a bit of third base for the Mets when needed. He hit .227/.310/.295 with the Mets.. Quintanilla’s strength on the Mets was his defensive ability, with a solid arm that provided 248 assists in 92 games at shortstop in 2013.
Games played: 119 (113 starts)
Tim Bogar’s inconsistency had him on the bench nearly half the time. He never played more than 91 gamess in a season with the Mets from 1993 until 1996. During his time with the team, Bogar had a .242 batting average with a .328 OBP. As a rookie, he had just eight errors at shortstop but seldom got a chance to play the position after becoming a utility player.
Games played: 117 (52 starts)
Luis Lopez played for the Mets from 1997 to 1999. He had a .957 fielding percentage with the Mets at shortstop. At the plate, he hit .250, with five home runs and 54 RBIs in 548 at-bats.
Games played: 110 (106 starts)
Starting the second game in Mets history, Elio Chacon became the shortstop for the team throughout the majority of its first season in 1962. He hit .236/.368/.296 with the Mets. He committed 22 errors on the year for a .961 fielding percentage.
Games played: 110 (108 starts)
The Mets signed Kazuo Matsui from Japan in 2004 and moved Jose Reyes to second base. Matsui made 23 errors as a rookie and before being traded to the Rockies in 2006, he was playing second base He hit .256/.308/.363 in his 239 games with the Mets.
Games played: 94 (73 starts)
Ed Bressoud played for the Mets in 1966 and hit .225 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs in 405 at-bats. He committed 16 of his 21 errors that season while playing shortstop.
Games played: 92 (50 starts)
Joe McEwing was a utility player for the Mets from 2000 to 2004. As a shortstop, “Super Joe” committed only 12 errors. In his time with the Mets, McEwing hit .243/.296/.348.
Games played: 62 (57 starts)
During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Alex Cora split time between shortstop and second base. Committing just seven errors at shortstop, he was an effective backup for Jose Reyes. Cora had a batting average of .234 and added four triples and 35 walks.
Games played: 56 (55 starts)
In 2000, Mike Bordick was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Mets. Bordick hit .260 for the Mets with four home runs, but he had just four hits in the Mets’ run to the World Series.
Games played: 51 (37 starts)
Anderson Hernandez appeared in 51 games at shortstop for the Mets from 2005 to 2007, and in 2009 after being traded from Washington. In his time with the Mets, he batted .207 but committed just 10 errors while fielding for the team.
*Games played: 51 (50 starts)
Wilmer Flores is set to begin the 2015 season as the Mets’ starting shortstop Flores had a .979 fielding percentage at shortstop last season, committing four errors 193 chances The 23-year-old from Venezuela has hit .240 in 375 at-bats in the majors with seven home runs.
(* heading into 2015 season)