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Good Luck Jay Bruce

You have to give credit to Jay Bruce.  He was dreadful when he first came to the Mets last year.  In 50 games as a Met last year, Bruce hit just .219/.294/.391 with five doubles, eight homers, and 19 RBI, and that is with him having an eight game hot streak to end the season where he put up half his homers and eight of his 19 RBI.  It was his worst stretch as a professional.

From there he faced the indignity of people questioning whether Bruce could hack it in New York.  If that wasn’t bad enough, he spent an offseason facing the indignity of knowing no one really wanted him.  The Mets put a for sale sign for him, and teams weren’t exactly rushing to scoop him up. It is with this we learned just what a true professional he was.

Bruce put everything aside, and he went out there and prepared for the 2017 season.  He worked with Kevin Long to try to become a better hitter.  It worked.

So far this season, Bruce hit .256/.321/.520 with 29 homers and 75 RBI.  It was a return to his All Star form.  It was one of the best seasons of his career.  He was on pace for his first 40 homer season and just his second career 100 RBI season.

It wasn’t just his play at the plate, he was much better in the field.  A player that was a -12 DRS and a -19.2 over the past three seasons was a 7 DRS and 2.6 UZR player for the Mets this season.  Between this and hit hitting, it is the reason Bruce has a WAR over 1.0 for the first time since 2013.

However, it is more than the numbers and improved play.  He was a good teammate who did what the Mets needed him to do.  On two different occassions, Bruce went to first base because that’s where the Mets needed him to go.  He served as a mentor and friend to Michael Conforto, who is having a breakout season of his own.

Bruce was a good Met this year, and he was one of the lone bright spots.  Unfortunately, it was time for the team to move on from him.  The corner outfield positions are set with Conforto and Yoenis CespedesDominic Smith should be up soon to serve as the team’s first baseman. With that, it was best for the Mets to move to the future as soon as possible.

It was also best for Bruce to play in a pennant race.  After the season he had, and with his willingness to do whatever was asked of him, the Mets did owe it to him to send him to a contender.  He’s now with a team that was in the World Series last year.  If Bruce continues playing the way he has this year, the Indians may very well get back there.  Here’s hoping they do.

Good Luck Jay Bruce!

21 thoughts on “Good Luck Jay Bruce”

  1. Jay says:

    I see your many readers are eager to discuss this hard-hitting piece of journalism! Let the free exchange of ideas begin below:

    *Disclaimer: Comment only if your ideas are exactly in tune with “MetsDaddy” otherwise prepare for harassment and venom!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You seem to be able to dish out criticism, but you can’t take it

    2. Gothamist says:

      Jay, I am MetsDaddy’s #1 Critic….
      You are not allowed to challenge me without providing detail.

      With that said:

      -Daddio bears out watching so msny games of pure boring garbage.
      -Daddio writes about as many positives as possible.
      -Daddio writes beautifully.
      -If I miss a game, no writer covering the Mets does a game summary like ——Daddio ever ever in many decades.
      -It is a joy to read him.
      -Daddio is extremely optimistic.
      -Daddio is loyal to this franchise.
      -Daddio puts in his time
      -Daddio does great work on the minor league prospects

      I trashed the owners since the spring and Daddio protected the Coupon family by not responding to my trash talk

      I give him grief!

      I disagreed w Daddio about Cabrera and whether he disrupted team chemistry, whether he affected Rosario’s career, whether Daddy was in position to make these assertions. I chewed on Daddy about Rosario and I will in the future..

      When Daddio is attending Las Vegas games his judgement rivals a pro scout. 😉

      SEE MY COMMENTS ABOVE

      JAY, JAY Horowitz?

      Why did you say those things?

      Daddio Is off limits…

      Daddio is to me – like the ‘cowbell man’ is to others!

      Daddio, you aint perfect but we love you!
      You are fair, balanced, extremely hard working, supremeky gifted w prose, and Daddio YOU ARE WAY too nice to these owners who should sell!

      Thank you Daddio!!!

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Thank you for the kind comments.

  2. Jay says:

    Amateur Hour is over, MetsDaddy! Your time is up. Keep trying, kid. Maybe you’ll find something you’re good at eventually.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m great at many things. One of them is knowing the difference between a 1B and a DH.

      Sadly, you don’t even know that much.

    2. Five Tool Ownership says:

      Jay, Jay, Jay!!!

      if you get money from the Mets or Jeff Wilpon I feel sorry for you.

      I would not want to shake hands with people who shit on others.

      Do I need to educate you about the Wilpons and Saul Katz’s?
      Fo you want specifics ?

  3. Gothamist says:

    Who is Jay, where did he come from, when did he ever comment?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      How are you doing, good sir?

  4. Gothamist says:

    Brad Barket/Getty

    “The Mets traded away inconsistently good outfielder Jay Bruce to the Indians yesterday in exchange for a non-prospect named Ryder Ryan.

    Joel Sherman reported last night that the Yankees were in the mix for Bruce, and willing to give up some actual prospects for him, but wanted the Mets to pay at least part of the nearly $4 million remaining on Bruce’s salary as part of the trade. The Mets, of course, chose the deal that would save them more money.

    Bruce did have a no-trade clause, but:

    Bruce isn’t a foundational player and the Mets are out of contention, but why own a big-market team if you can’t afford to pay a $4 million tax to get some actual prospects in exchange for one of your few decent players? The Wilpons have been willing to spend more money in recent years, but this move feels like old habits resurfacing.

    Would anyone even give a shit about this trade and attendant reports if it did not involve the reliably mockable Mets? Probably not. Did the Wilpon family bring this upon themselves by being notorious cheapskates who were taken in by one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in American history? Hell yeah, they did.”

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I will say this. Calling Ryan a non-prospect is false. He’s a project with a big arm and a good slider.

      1. Gothamist says:

        I do not doubt that.

        This was not my article but it was so juicy! I had to copy and paste it!

        Can you do a NEW post with photos of the paid 2015 billboards on the LIE as a motorist approached the Midtown Tunnel…?

        “WILPONS SELL THE TEAM!”

  5. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Thank you Jeff Coupon!

    The media was asleep to your ways since July 2015

    You are now at around $115M in payroll for active players for 2017 after the Reed, Duda and Bruce trades and the insurance pay off for David Wright’s entire salary.

    ARE YOU HOPING TO DUMP GRANDY’S, CABRERA’s, Rene Rivera’s etc so you can say:

    (Are you going to say at the ownership holiday party:)

    “After dumping Bruce etc, We ONLY spent $98 M in active salary contacts for the 2017 season!

    Applause

    Will you say?

    “If you were the 25th ranked team in baseball would you feel ashamed to spend a dollar more?” “Of course the lower salary burden was the achievement!” Will you say that?

    Applause

    You will say?
    “My biggest achievement after May was to cut payroll to the bone”

    Standing ovation ?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It’s been inexcusable how the Mets haven’t spent commensurate with market size and window

  6. Gothamist says:

    They had a chance to say:

    The Yankees got Bruce and lost the Wildcard Game. Bruce signed w the Rangers

    The Mets got these two guys. One an All Star and the other a good reliever.

    They had no balls!
    They did not want to be mocked at Subway Series
    It was more important how others saw them at playoff time vs the long run…

    DANIEL GOLEMAN author of “Emotinal Intelligence”

    Delay the gratification!

    The Wilpons and Katz’s just scored a zero on Goleman’s EXAM!

    They ate all of the M&Ms!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      They probably ate the knock off version of M&Ms with how cheap they’re acting.

      1. Five Tool Ownership says:

        Blatant!

        They got away with cheapening out on everything for so long.
        They really thought we were so stupid.
        That the mefia was afraid of them or afraid to lose their free passes.

        The NY DAILY NEWS are chicken shit!

        They set their own trap, and fell in!

        1. Gothamist says:

          I heard a rumor that Jeff Wilpon did not break 500 on his Math SAT score.

          It is not confirmed yet.

          Ssh…..

          1. Five Tool Ownership says:

            Yeah but pretty soon the Mets 2017 payroll for active players will be sub $99,000,000 for the entire year…

            Saul and Fred both think that is genius!

          2. metsdaddy says:

            Getting rid of the vets is the right move. With that said, it makes little sense to refuse to eat salary to get a better prospect.

          3. metsdaddy says:

            I wouldn’t call him stupid. I’d just say he doesn’t know how to run a baseball team

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