5. Roy McMillan
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McMillan spent most of his career in Cincinnati, but he ended things with three years as the Mets shortstop. He was the calm before the storm that was Buddy Harrelson. Starting in 1967, Harrison manned the shortstop position well into the next decade, but the position still existed prior.
So McMillan was one of the lead-ins to the franchise’s future. It takes time for an expansion team like the Mets to build up their own personnel. Until then the roster is made up of a hodgepodge of players from around the league and one of those players was Roy McMillan.
In a short period of time, he played the 8th most games at the position in team history with 335. He hit .226 in three years (1964-1966) with the team. McMillan was as solid defensive player, posting fielding percentages of .976, .964 and .975. Those numbers aren’t too bad for a guy coming to the team at the end of his career.
He’s number five in a group that was admittedly tough to choose from.