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Mets In 2019 World Series

Even with the Mets missing out on the Wild Card by three games, we will actually see some Mets in the World Series. Technically speaking, there are former Mets players in the World Series. So, in that sense, no matter who wins the World Series, we are going to see a Mets player get a ring.

Houston Astros

Joe Smith – The 2006 third round pick was a valuable member of the Mets bullpen for two years before getting traded in the ill fated J.J. Putz trade. As luck would have it, Smith was the best reliever in that deal. In fact, Smith has had a very good career as a reliever with a good stretch in the postseason. In recent years, he’s tried to stay as close to his Ohio home as possible to be near his mother who is suffering from Huntington’s Disease. On that note, he has spent much time promoting awareness of this disorder through HelpCureHD.org.

Collin McHugh – The Mets never quite knew what they had with the 18th round pick of the 2008 draft trading him for Eric Young Jr. The same could go for the Rockies who designated him for assignment. McHugh rose above it all being one of the first pitchers to truly benefit from this Astros front office effect on pitchers. While he’s been a key part of the team’s recent run, he’s been sidelined this postseason with injuries.

Brent Strom – Strom was actually the third overall pick of the 1970 draft, but due to injuries, he would never quite make it either with the Mets, who eventually traded him to the Cleveland Indians, or as a Major Leaguer. After his Major League career, he’s found his footing as a coach, and during his tenure as the Astros pitching coach, he’s become one of the more noteworthy pitching coaches in the game.

Gary Pettis – Pettis served as the first base and outfield coach under Art Howe.

Washington Nationals

Asdrubal Cabrera – The Mets signed Cabrera as a free agent, and his second half of the 2016 propelled them to the Wild Card Game. His play in that second half, along with that iconic bat flip, made him a fan favorite even through the issues regarding his trade demands. As much as fans loved him, Cabrera loved being a Met with his being traded and not re-signed breaking his son’s heart. Cabrera would have his chance to return, but with Brodie Van Wagenen not calling him back after the team signed Jed Lowrie over him, Cabrera opted to go to Washington instead.

Tim Bogar – Bogar spent four years as a Met as a utility player who was best known for his pre-game segments on Diamondvision. After his career was over, he had a decorated career as a minor league manager, and he’s been a respected coach leading to him being the National’s first base coach. With him being on the short list on the Mets managerial search, he may have a return to Queens after this World Series.

Chip Hale – Hale is a respected longtime coach who served as Terry Collins‘ third base coach in 2010 – 2011. In terms of team history, he goes down as one of the best third base coaches they have ever had.

Kevin Long – Long was the Mets hitting coach from 2015 – 2017. During that time, he was credited for players like Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes taking their offense to new heights, which was one of the reasons the Mets won the 2015 pennant. Partially due to his work as a hitting coach, he was a favorite to replace Collins as manager. When the Mets hired Mickey Callaway over him, he would leave for the Nationals organization where he has led young hitters like Juan Soto to the World Series.

Henry Blanco – Blanco had a reputation as a defensive catcher who spent one year with the Mets as a backup to Rod Barajas. After his playing career was over, he has followed a similar career path to Dave Duncan going from defensive catcher to pitching coach with Blanco having been the Nationals bullpen coach for the past two years.

In the end, no matter who wins, there will be a former Mets player who has a ring. As a fan of those players and coaches during their time with the Mets, we can take some sense of satisfaction when they get their ring. Of course, being happy for a particular player and being happy a certain team won are two completely different things.

 

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  1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    Speaking of Tim Bogar, from his wikipedia entry:

    “Bogar has been named manager of the year in three different minor leagues.”

    Is he the first guy to do that? Impressive.

    —-Picking up from a previous thread, I think we all know that Girardi isn’t coming to Queens, any more than the Mets are signing Gerrit Cole this offseason. That’s just not what they do. Art Howe, Willie Randolph, Jerry Manuel, Terry Collins, Mickey Callaway… Girardi fits nowhere on that list.

    —-So, given that payroll for 2020 is now between $174m and $177.17m depending on whether you go by AAV or the listed salary to be paid out for the coming year, what can the Mets do? They aren’t adding anyone of note. There’s no money even for an AJ Pollack-type in CF. So what do you do? This is where a top-notch GM would pay big dividends. Can Wags at least figure out to add a couple of fleet-footed OF glove gazelles to Syracuse? Can he find someone with options who can handle CF, someone with an inevitably bad bat that he’s willing to defend from the fans and the press on behalf of his glove instead of running the likes of Lagares, Broxton, Altherr, Gomez, Davis… et al out there to cost the Mets close to 3 wins just in CF?

    Or is he going to play it “safe” again, and keep filling up the Syracuse OF with guys like Rajai Davis and Carlos Gomez, guys who are done but guys the press doesn’t seem to criticize you for turning to, because they’re “proven” and have longstanding friendships with the baseball press.

    Those are the kind of players who cost the Mets about 7 wins in 2019 (negative 6.6 fWAR; I think it was worse by bWAR–and in either case, obviously cost the Mets a spot in the postseason). Is the Syracuse pitching staff going to be so poorly stocked with AAAA pitching (guys who can come up and give you an ERA around 4.50 and 4.75 and keep you in games on the cheap) that the GM has to make desperation deals early in the year like it did with the Rays in 2019 for Wilmer Font?

    It’s very much worth pointing out the numerous ways Wilpon picking Jeff’s golf buddy cost the Mets the postseason. Even with the abysmal Cano-Diaz deal, the bizarre Lowrie deal, and the ill-advised Familia signing, just working the margins well would have gotten the Mets to the 2nd wildcard spot. Wags didn’t know enough to do that. Girardi probably does, but he’s not coming to the Mets. Does Luis Rojas know enough? Does Tim Bogar?

    Maybe they do. And when the Mets hire one of them or their ilk, will Wags and Jeff listen?

    1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

      btw, it was funny to see the Post get it so wrong:

      “SYRACUSE — Have you ever seen a minor league team like this?
      “No,” manager Tony DeFrancesco said.
      “No,” outfielder Gregor Blanco said.
      “No,” second baseman Danny Espinosa said.
      The oldest Triple-A team in baseball entered the season with an average age of 28.88, a sea of veterans seeking a possible last chance in a league overflowing with youngsters desperate for a first. Meet the (Syracuse) Mets.

      Their three-man outfield when Tim Tebow is designated hitter combined for 32 home runs, 109 steals and 192 runs scored … in 2012.”

      —-Bizarrely, though, the Post goes on to call this a “no-risk, medium reward” strategy, when it was surely a “no reward” strategy. These guys were done. Wags signed literally no one with any upside for the Syracuse OF, despite going into a season when the Mets were certain to be reaching outside the 25-man for outfielders. The Post does call Syracuse’s roster unprecedented. Yeah. That’s not a bad word. Too bad they didn’t follow that up correctly and draw the obvious inference, but it makes the point that ***for the GM*** this is a “no risk” arrangement. He’ll largely escape criticism, as the Post’s puff piece demonstrates.

      At least they got the headline right: “No one has seen anything like this Mets Triple-A team.”

      https://nypost.com/2019/04/13/mets-triple-a-chock-full-of-vets-who-want-to-get-back-to-the-show/

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