This week on MSG’s “The Lineup” is a place where we all can say we’ve had our mind wander; left field. We will cover who we think are the best five left fielders in the history of New York baseball. Last week, we went four for five, also picking the best player for the fifth week in a row in Derek Jeter. Be sure to tune in this week on Tuesday, April 27th at 10:30 PM to see if we get all five left fielders right?

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  1. Dave Winfield – New York Yankees (1981-1990) This is by far the closest race we’ve had for first place on any of our lists. However, Dave Winfield was an all around athlete on both sides of the ball. Besides being drafted to play in the majors, the NBA, and the NFL, Winfield was a twelve-time All-Star, a seven-time Gold Glover, a six-time Silver Slugger, and won a World Series in 1992. He was also elected into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
    Career Stats: .283 BA, 465 HRs, 1834 RBIs, 1669 Rs, 3110 career hits
  2. Rickey Henderson – New York Yankees (1985-1989), New York Mets (1999-2000) Rickey Henderson was a dynamic player who was truly unparalleled. He is by far and away the best stolen base superstar in the history of the game. On top of that, he was also one of the supreme leadoff batters in Major League history. He was also a ten-time All-Star, a two-time World Series Champion, a three-time Silver Slugger, a Gold Glover, the 1990 American League MVP, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.
    Career Stats: .279 BA, 297 HRs, 1115 RBIs, 2295 Rs,  3055 career hits, 1406 SBs
    Why he’s not higher: Although he played for both current New York teams, he spent most of his years playing for a total of eight other teams.
  3. Zack Wheat – Brooklyn Dodgers (1909-1926) Zack “Buck” Wheat was known for being one of the most consistent hitters during the dead ball era. He never batted below .284 in a season, and had a career average of .317. He also lead the league with a .335 batting average in 1918. He was also inducted into Cooperstown in 1959.
    Career Stats: .317 BA, 132 HRs, 1248 RBIs, 1289 Rs
    Why he’s not higher: Again, he played in the dead ball era, and still managed 132 home runs. That number would have been a lot higher today.
  4. Bob Meusel – New York Yankees (1920-1929) How could we leave out someone who batted sixth in Murderer’s Row? During his stay in New York, he won three World Series. He also hit for the cycle three times, which is still a record to this day. Also, in 1925, he led the American League in both home runs (33) and RBIs (138).
    Career Stats: .309 BA, 156 HRs, 1067 RBIs
    Why he’s not higher: He wasn’t around for the duration of the Yankee dynasty, and it must have been hard to stand out in a lineup with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
  5. Kevin McReynolds – New York Mets (1987-1991, 1994) Kevin McReynolds was an integral part of the late 1980’s Mets’ success. In 1988, he finished third in National League MVP voting. Also, in 1989, he became the fifth New York Met in history to hit for the cycle.
    Career Stats: .265 BA, 211 HRs, 807 RBIs
    Why he’s not higher: He had a good career, but doesn’t have the stats or awards that blow you out of the park.

Folks, is this our week where we get the top 5 right? Who do you think we left off that could have made the list? Let us know, and be sure to tune in to “The Lineup” on MSG on Tuesday night at 10:30 PM.