PORT ST. LUCIE – The Mets could win the NL Ost. The Mets can win the World Series. The same goes for the Yankees in Triborough and now for mookie beds across the country that make the superpower dodgers even better.
After a winter in which the good days of the Mets were filled with intestinal blows and their bad days with well-known, self-inflicted knockout blows, we start with this counter-strike of optimism. If you can't see the best options at the beginning of spring training, when will you do it?
On paper, the Mets 2020 program is the one with which the Nationals won everything last year. Only the Dodgers are clearly better in the National League, and the Nationals displaced the Dodgers in the Division Series last year thanks to their strength, which they share with these Mets – a powerful rotation. My suspicion is that if the Los Angeles executives liked truth serum, they would be the NL team they least want to face as they start throwing, combined with the potential for a strong lineup and bullpen ,
Will the Mets maximize this potential? It is not their story. Winter was again a reminder that this organization is able to find every pothole and hit every cake in the face. They hired and fired the same manager this off-season. They had a majority stake in the franchise sold and then no. The organization had to cope with the public disclosure that the most expensive player per year in its history was injured and had to dodge a wild boar.
The Mets make it so easy to assume the worst. You could have arrived at Whatever They Calling The Stadium Field on Monday this year and found that numerous construction workers are still working on almost every part of an unfinished $ 57 million renovation. Protective helmets were far more common than Mets hats. Drills and hammers dampened any popping of the mitt. The smell was less spring flowers than new carpet. At least the Mets made sense to call this edition Clover Park rather than Clover Field and to make the one-liners of the horror film easier.
But like with the Mets, you have to look a little deeper. Mets officials visited a number of spring training venues to prepare for this facelift, and were particularly impressed by the great Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, where the Diamondbacks and Rockies train. And if you could ignore the safety helmets and drills, you would find that this version of the Mets spring power system will be far superior to the previous ones. More salt lick than salt mines.
Jeff Wilpon took reporters on a tour of the facility, promising that on February 21, for a college game between UConn and Michigan, she would soon be fully operational to another property, along with the rest of the franchise. He wouldn't answer that if I asked, stick to a nondisclosure statement and look ahead, not backwards.
I have thought a lot about the following in the past week: does someone leave their association with the Mets with a better reputation than when they arrived? Jessica Mendoza recently gave a role as special advisor, which was worse for the year on site. Steve Cohen not only made a deal to increase his interest in the Mets from 8 percent to 80 percent, but also because owning a major league team was so high-profile that the world reminded him of when he was Former company directed insider trading found guilty and fined $ 1.8 billion.
The Wilpons aren't particularly introspective, but they should probably be concerned with why the associations end up so horribly. Remember when Carlos Beltran and the Mets wanted to counter knee surgery problems. so did he split up twice in messy situations? Owners should wonder why when property negotiations collapsed without a story on Cohen's side to believe the worst of the Wilpons, especially Jeff.
Because if an auction to sell the team is going well, or if a deal with Cohen could ever be revived, this could be the last year Wilpon owns it, and they'll be the ones approaching the door. And perhaps too much bad happened during her reign to inject Cologne further and make her exit different from those who worked for her, that is, unsatisfactorily.
But I'll go back to the beginning of this piece – the Mets are good enough to win. What they have to avoid is the pathology that strikes them so often. You need to get the most out of this talented squad – imagine you are getting close to the best of Edwin Diaz and even Yoenis Cespedes – and don't let a silly look and poorly thought-out pitfalls distract you from mistakes.
Perhaps upgrading their facility to something that seems to be a thing of the past in 2020 instead of baseball Third World is the beginning of the Wilpons' last best chance. Your team can win – if ownership allows.