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Good Luck Adrian Gonzalez

With the Mets being unsure about Dominic Smith, and the team not expecting Peter Alonso to break out the way he has this past season, the team took a flyer on Adrian Gonzalez to at least compete for the Opening Day first base job.

Really, this was a flyer on a prideful player who has had a terrific Major League career.  While Cooperstown may not being calling him, the former first round draft pick has had a fine career having done great things for the Padres and the Dodgers.

One of the reasons Gonzalez made the Mets Opening Day roster was his professionalism.  He came to Spring Training, and he put in the work.  Considering that work included his having to stretch and prepare two hours before the game just to get ready, it speaks to his desire to play well, and perhaps, to end his career on his own terms.

On Opening Day, he seemed to shut up many detractors hitting a go-ahead double to give the Mets the lead.  From there, Gonzalez would have a number of good moments for the Mets, including his grand slam against the Nationals:

Another one of his biggest moments was his coming off the bench in a tight 1-1 game in Miami.  Against the left-handed Chris O’Grady, Gonzalez hit a go-ahead RBI single that not only gave the Mets the lead, but hit also sparked a four run rally.   At the time, it increased the Mets record to 10-1.

The one thing you could count on from Gonzalez was a professional at-bat.  It may be why he was such an effective pinch hitter on the days he didn’t start.  As a pinch hitter, he was 4-6 with two RBI and a walk.

His professional at-bats are probably why he was one of the Mets better hitters in the clutch.  In what Baseball Reference characterizes as “High Leverage” situations, Gonzalez hit .368/.444/.553 with four doubles, a homer, and 16 RBI with five walks.

The problem for Gonzalez was not every at-bat was a pinch hitting appearance or in a high leverage situation.  Overall, he hit .237/.299/.373 with five doubles, six homers, and 26 RBI.  Like the rest of this Mets team, his numbers were dragged down by his recent slide with him hitting .179/.207/.268 over his past 17 games.

With the way the team has been playing of late, the Mets didn’t have the time to see if he could get back to being the .265/.341/.425 hitter he was towards the end of May.

During his tenure with the Mets, Gonzalez was able to get to 1,202 RBI.  That made him just one of 22 first baseman in the history of the game to have 400 doubles, 300 homers, and 1,200 RBI.

It’s possible this is the end for him.  If it is, it was a great career that saw him hit .287/.358/.485 with 317 homers and 1,202 RBI.  He made five All Star teams while winning four Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers.

He had a very good career, and despite the recent struggles, he actually acquitted himself pretty well with the Mets.  If nothing else, he did show there was something left in the tank.

Where he goes from here is anyone’s guess, but wherever he lands, best of luck to him.

15 thoughts on “Good Luck Adrian Gonzalez”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    My CPA believes by cutting him before midnight they might have saved $300,000.
    Who knows…

    I think he will be a great pinch hitter….
    But will a team need him before August….?
    I hope the other players learned from him (slapping the ball to left, seeking soft singles in RISP situations)

    but obviously those successes were rare, there were far less runners getting on these last 17 games, pitchers prepared for Nimmo, Cabrera showing age, Conforto lost most of his confidence, Rosario overwhelmed by MLB’s elite and with less on base, possibly Gonzalez had less focus, less energy and all along his loss of range at first severely limited his viability outside of PH – RISP – scenarios…

    Ty Kelly is having a far better power year than Dom Smith and it may IMO also mean less playing time for Reyes and Conforto…

    Alonso must move up to AAA soon, the Mets are less optimistic about the playoffs, Cespedes is not coming back possibly into July and Ty Kelly plays — is it five positions????

    Need righty bats anyway…?

    Loboton is an emergency catcher, adequate framer who is a good guy to help Nido in AAA….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Mets save nothing cutting A-Gone. They still owe him every bit of his salary.

    2. Blu2MileHigh says:

      Cespedes prefers hanging at his ranch near St Lucie vs hitting against Strasberg with only Conforto on deck.

      Jeff Wilpon must be having a sh&t fit everytime he signs Cespedes’s check?

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Cespedes is hurt.

        1. Blu2MileHigh says:

          It is about the contract—the ROI – The interview in “English” to Oakland reporter last May about finishing his career as an Athletic only three months after signing for $27.5m x 4 and saying he wanted to be a Met for life and most importantly his comment last week that his bat can not essentially drive in 1-3 runs 2-4x a week to support the starters/relievers on his return….

          I am concerned with his ability to cover the plate and his courage as a man…

          His comment last week, his behavior last year with the Oskland interview probably did not effect 99% in NY but Daily News Luve confirmed today that they agree with me…

          26 weeks x 6 RBIs per week is too high for even Harper or Judge.
          156 RBIs, wow!

          But with these close games, awesome starters, that he could not see himself making a contribution or not enough…

          The guy hardly is available to the press and he says that?

          I am the 1% and probably should not disagree with you on your blog…

          1. metsdaddy says:

            You’re opinion of Cespedes doesn’t change the fact he’s hurt.

            He started a rehab assignment and was shut down.

            You can read all you want into everything else, but injured is injured.

        2. Five Tool Ownership says:

          I have seen much more courageous players than Cespedes…
          But the history books will need to be wtitten…
          We will see…..

          Yet, I am sad that we have to use $27,5 m for 2018,2019,2020 on this dude!!!

          To me, not only money very poorly spent but he may have to play first base by 2020

          1. Blu2MileHigh says:

            After free agency started — Cespedes received an offer of $22 m per from another team over three years with $16 m each year and $6 m each year deferred. He would get those $18 m over ten years starting at $1.8m at 50 years old.

            — The Nationals

          2. metsdaddy says:

            More like 2018

  2. Blu2MileHigh says:

    WHO and what is this (temp inactive) Christian Colon / resurrection …?

    Who is playing 2nd at Vegas?
    Where is LJ when you finally need him?!!!
    What position were Ty Kelly’s six errors?

    The Mets starting pitching must lead the MLB in June?
    What is so special about Anthony Swarzak???????

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Christian Colon is the guy who got the 2015 World Series game winning hit

  3. Luis says:

    I would have kept AGon and released Reyes..Agion can be a defensive replacement and PH…Reyes cant play at all anymore

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Both should have been released. In the NL, you can’t carry a backup 1B.

  4. OldBackstop says:

    Good article. Save the template for Bautista.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You have a point there

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