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5. Tommie Agee
Game 3 of the 1969 World Series (7th inning)
Agee’s second catch of Game 3 of the 1969 World Series. Although it ranks among the Top 5 catches in franchise history, the second catch by Agee was the second best of that single game. In the seventh inning, Agee raced to his left and made a remarkable diving catch, his second circus catch of the game. After the series, Sports Illustrated labeled Agee’s overall performance in Game 3, “The most spectacular World Series game that any center fielder has ever enjoyed.” In addition to his two catches, Agee homered to leadoff the game.
4. Ron Swoboda
Game 4 of the 1969 World Series
Swoboda was never known for his defensive skills, but on October 15, 1969, he silenced his critics (at least for a time) when he made one of the greatest World Series catches in the history of the game. With the Mets leading the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 in Game 4, Brooks Robinson hit a sinking line drive to right field. Swoboda streaked to his right and slightly in and dove headfirst, picking off the ball just before it hit the ground. More than one-half century later, Swoboda has written a book about the 1969 season titled, Here’s the Catch. “It’s like your part of this great 25-man orchestra and then you get a shot at a solo,” he told the New York Post.
3. Tommie Agee
Game 3 of the 1969 World Series (4th inning)
Agee’s fourth inning grab in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series ranks No. 3 on the Mets Rewind list of Top 5 catches. In the fourth inning with the Mets leading 3-0, the Baltimore Orioles mounted a rally against Gary Gentry. With runners on first and third and two outs, Orioles catcher Elrod Hendricks hit a ball deep to left-center field. Agee streaked toward left field, pounding his first into his glove. “Whenever he got ready to make a catch, he would pound his fist into his glove,” said Mets leftfielder Cleon Jones. That’s exactly what Agee did, hauling in the ball steps in front of the 396-foot marker.
2. David Wright
August 10, 2005: Bare-handed catch
In his first full season in the majors, Wright made one of the finest catches in franchise history. During a game in August 2005 at Petco Park, Wright chased down a blooper into short left field. As he ran full speed it became obvious that the ball was over his head and over the opposite shoulder of the direction of the ball. Wright adjusted and instinctively lunged with his bare hand and pulled the ball in off his fingers. Simply Amazin’. In our humbled opinion, Wright’s catch ranks No. 2 on the all-time franchise catch list.
1. Endy Chavez
Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series
The degree of difficulty, athleticism and context makes Chavez’ Game 7 catch the best catch in franchise history. A decade after the remarkable catch, Chavez told the Bergen Record: “It was very special for me. People love the catch and they just tell me they appreciate what I did with the Mets. It’s something that every time is going to be with me until I die.”