New York Mets: Five best second basemen in franchise history

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5. Felix Millan

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Felix Millan debuted with the Atlanta Braves back in 1966 and was there for seven years before finding his way up to New York. He was a fairly accomplished player, having been selected to the All-Star game in three straight seasons (1969-1971). Millan also earned two Gold Gloves (1969, 1972).

Upon arrival in 1973, Millan immediately became the starting second baseman, playing in 153 games and posting 699 plate appearances. It was one of his best years at the plate, with a .290 batting average, 82 runs scored, 37 RBI and an on-base percentage of .332.

Millan was durable, never playing less than 136 games until 1977 when a severe injury ended his season and his MLB career. He also was able to perform the rare feat of playing in all 162 games in 1975.

He had his fair share of success in the playoffs too. In the 1973 NLCS against the Cincinnati Reds, Millan batted .316 with two RBI and five runs scored. He was a strong asset in helping his team to the improbable trip to the World Series against the Oakland Athletics.

Millan was a steady hand at second base. On his arrival in 1973, he only made nine errors despite handling over 800 chances. His worst fielding percentage during his Mets tenure was .972. The year he played in every game he only made 23 errors. Though he never earned a Gold Glove in New York, Millan was as strong as could be up the middle of the defense.