Brandon Nimmo Should Be Celebrated, Not Criticized

Aside from his rare ability to draw walks and find a way to get on base, Mets fans have take a real liking to Brandon Nimmo because he expressly the very same joy on the baseball field we have watching him play.  The homegrown Mets always has a positive attitude and a smile on his face.  Overall, he plays the game the right way, and he has the right attitude in everything he does.

This begs the question as to why he seems to rub people the wrong way.

Seeing Nimmo’s disposition, it was of no surprise Nimmo is willing to accept any role with this team.  In fact, he went a step further saying, “I want to be part of a World Series team, and if that means I need to come off the bench and put up a good at-bat for a pinch hit or whatever, it may be then that’s what I’m going to do.”  

On the Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Maggie, and Bart, Chris Carlin implored him to “Dial it back” because he’s Brandon Nimmo.  Bart Scott told him to “Be quiet young man” and even called him “Rex, Jr.”  It should be noted Maggie Gray defended Nimmo for being upbeat and buying in.

In the sixth inning on Sunday, Nimmo hit a big game-tying home run the half inning after the Mets had lost the lead.  There were no bat flips and slow trots.  Instead, he sprinted around the bases with a smile on his face.

Apparently, this rubbed Mark DeRosa, former Major Leaguer and Mets managerial candidate this past offseason, the wrong way.  On MLB Central, DeRosa would feel the need to put Nimmo in his place saying, “I get it.  We’re grown men competing!  Wipe the smile off your face!  It’s game 14!”

Last night, with the Mets down 3-2 in the sixth inning, Nimmo was hit by a pitch by Tanner Roark, which loaded the bases.  Nimmo responded to the beaning by smiling, clapping his hands, and running to first.  That prompted this reaction from WFAN overnight host John Jastremski:

So far in his career, Nimmo has not had a cross word to say about anyone.  He plays hard, and he does not take one game off. In everything he does on the field, he plays the game the right way.  He’s that rare quality of being both a grinder and being a guy who gets both his team and the fans into the game.

When it comes to the team or the clubhouse, no one ever has a bad word to say about him.  In fact, Mickey Callaway went so far as to compliment him after Nimmo had to be sent down to the minors despite his terrific play saying, “Tough break for Nimmo, he deserves to be here, he handled the news unbelievably. What a guy. He’s a winning player, he’s going to help us for a long, long time so it’s tough but we felt like it was necessary.” (

This is a guy who loves being a Met, baseball, and life itself.  He checks his ego at the door, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to win.  Normally, players like this are celebrated.  However, because Nimmo does it with a smile on his face and plays with joy on the baseball field, people want to just tear him down.

Through it all, Nimmo has risen above it, and he’s been a great ambassador for baseball.  It’s why Mets fans love him, and it’s why he’s quickly become a fan favorite.  So, they can all go ahead and mock him and criticize him.  Mets fans will be here cheering for him and smiling along with him every step of the way.

16 Replies to “Brandon Nimmo Should Be Celebrated, Not Criticized”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Well, none of you got the point!

    Nimmo has a dreadful arm and right field is his only option…..
    Speaking of right field —Grady went opp field for a Grandy Slam yesterday …
    The $5M man….

    Dreadful arm…. nothing else….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Why are you looking for reasons to criticize Nimmo?

      1. Five Tool Ownership says:

        Nimmo has no arm….
        biological fact. you see it as a criticism? let me reflect on that… will get back to you….
        He cannot play CF often for he has no arm … imo
        He does not have a MLB gun to say the least.
        It is a fact….
        I love the kid….

        Tell me, defense wise:

        How do you evaluate the infield dee?
        Throws from SS and 3rd.
        Range of First Base and second?
        Hold men on second?

        What about 0-21 throwing out base stealers from the catcher.

        You want to bench Bruce to play Nimmo?
        Bench Conforto or Lagares to play Nimmo?

        Or are you certain that the defense sum premium elsewhere, can compensate for the no arm of Nimmo in CF?

        With catchers at 0-21?

        What is the batting average of the bench players, PH on base percentage outside of Nimmo….

        I say that after my evaluation that Brandon Nimmo is a RF and due to depth and infield dee in process of improvement that not only are there few ABATS in CF for beloved Nimmo but he is practically our only patient PH we have….

        of course on a day off for Cabrera, Bruce etc… they are quality PHitters.

        Are you nervous in criticizing anyone but the manager?

        For instance you complained about complaints on Cespedes on Monday.
        Yet he corrected the two criticisms both in the 8th inning last not but after msny of the 22,000 booed him last night!

        I do not get you lack of criticism or refusal to evaluate athletic ability weaknesses.

        I FOLLOWED BRANDON NIMMO THIRTY TIMES A YEAR SINCE 2011 with links like the below multiple times a week.

        We was shifted away from CF by the time he hit AA…
        you go argue w SA on why that was the decision…

        I was very upset BN was offered in a trade in 2016…

        1. metsdaddy says:

          You say he’s got a dreadful arm, nothing else. That’s a criticism.

          And with Bruce being injured, there is no doubt a Nimmo/Lagares platoon should play over him right now.

          1. Five Tool Ownership says:

            As they say to the players “can not stand the heat in the kitchen? get out”

            His lousey arm is not a criticism but a judgement, an evaluation…

            Eli Manning is slow, is he successful not being fast?
            Is being called slow, a criticism?

            Are you kidding me?

            You want no criticism here?
            Cespedes at .186 Monday was criticized for his approach and you complained then also about criticism.

            It was evaluated that hos leading off in the 8th monday, Bautista to be called up 12 hours later for there were few relievers available for Tuesday without Familia coming out in the nonth or tenth, Sewald threw three on Sunday, Robles, Gsellman the last guys, all bench players used up but Nido….. and Cespedes seriously believed that leading off Callaway wanted a tie? Perferred to get that run with a HR?

            He not only got booed by Wednesday but Keith, Gary and Ron jumped on it also. Big time!

            Magically he swung tomahawk style last night on a high zone tight FB that he keyed on to….

            Take a bow, Daddio, they read your blog everyday….

            Gary, Keith, Ronnie can you help settle the argument? Can you discuss the role of any player leading off the eighth trailing?

            How a team may need to shift the momentum slowly vis higher probability efforts, less me, more us….?

            “stay within yourself” “level swing” “get on board, move the line forward” “do not be selfish” “win as a team”

            That no one is immune to criticism ?

          2. metsdaddy says:

            There’s a time and place for everything.

            If I wrote something about his skill set, sure criticize him.

            But to respond to an artist for about how Nimmo is unjustly criticized with unneeded, unwarranted, and possibly incorrect criticism is bizarre.

            It wasn’t the time or place for it at all.

  2. OldBackstop says:

    I like Nimmo. I think he is a dream 4th OFer, with the only fringe-to-average issue being arm.

    He just has a goofiness joy to him that is so un ique it is going to draw comment. It seems to me that Nimmo would just be the guy that he was in your summer camp group, or your soccer team, or your frat, or whatever, would be the guy getting his balls busted by other males. He has that aw shucks bucktooth grin and the enthusiasm of a 12 year old.

    And if some overnight radio guy on FAN with six hours of dead air doesn’t like it, tell him in the spring there are open tryouts in Port St. Lucie.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Granderson has one of the worst OF arms I’ve ever seen. That didn’t make him a 4th OF.

      1. OldBackstop says:

        WADR, silly comparison. When Nimmo stacks up seasons with a WAR of 7.6, or 43 home runs, or 26 stolen bases, he’ll offend his way into a starting job.
        Nimmo is soooo charismatic, but he still has only slashed .269/.379/.417/.796 in the majors. In 323 plate appearances he has all of 3 stolen bases. I mean….take a breath, 🙂

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Granderson didn’t begin his career with those numbers. He built his way up to them.

          Nimmo will improve each year as well.

  3. Five Tool Ownership says:

    “Mets’ Brandon Nimmo: Trade to Reds held up by medicals”

    I was very upset about this…
    It was said that he would not hit 20 HRs ever…
    I wanted to wait, he was only 23.
    Played no High School baseball!

    Let’s Go Brandon
    Let’s Go Mets!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The assessment he can’t hit 20 homers is a wrong one

      1. OldBackstop says:

        I think he has seven hrs in 323 abs….will he get enough innings there to show 20 hrs or 10 Sbs,,,,I don’t think so.To me he is a super 4, but in NY you should be having well rounded stars ahead of him. Yeah, nice guy, but he’s not going to put Bruce, Gespedes or Conforto’s butts on the bench.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Have you seen Bruce this year?

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