Bartolo Colon More Accomplished Mets Hitter Than Jed Lowrie

Justin Toscano of The Record wrote the latest in what appears to be a series of articles giving the pros and cons of keeping Brodie Van Wagenen on as the New York Mets General Manager.

There has been much written on Van Wagenen’s tenure, especially here, but when we look at it the seminal moment might’ve been the Jed Lowrie signing. After all, that was the “Come get us” moment.

As explained by Michael Mayer of MMO, things didn’t quite work out that way.

Really, the best way to sum up how poorly the Lowrie signing went is Bartolo Colon had more homers with the Mets than Lowrie had hits. More to the point, Colon, who set a Major League record for PA before his first walk, drew as many walks as Lowrie did with the Mets.

Colon has nine more runs, 15 more hits, four more doubles, one more homer, and six more RBI than Lowrie has with the Mets. They’ve also played the same amount of innings at second, third, and short.

Now, this isn’t to poke fun at Lowrie. He’s been a very good player throughout his career, and by all accounts, he’s been a good guy.

Rather, this just yet again highlights how horrific Van Wagenen’s tenure as GM has been. As a result, the articles looking for reasons for him to stay are really reaching.

Looking at everything, once Steve Cohen is approved, it’s time to come get a real GM.

11 thoughts on “Bartolo Colon More Accomplished Mets Hitter Than Jed Lowrie”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    Lowrie got hurt.

    Were you dropped on your head as a kid or something?

    1. Mets Daddy says:

      He didn’t get hurt. He was hurt at the very beginning.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        You are referring to yourself?

      2. LongTimeFan1 says:

        Of course he got hurt. You’re not making. any sense. It’s utterly ridiculous to suggest he was hurt before he signed, and that the Mets doctored his pre-signing physical so they can spend $20 mil on a player with ligament damage in his knee who would be on the shelf for the duration of the contract, with tiny exception.

        What Brodie and Mets d id Mets was sign him to two year deal after he played 150+ games for the A’s in each of the prior two seasons. 153 and 157 games. Not just appear, but play, 645 and 680 PA’s. The knee problem emerged in spring training 2019. Februrary 16th. We learned about the bad knee on Feb 20. MRI Feb 21st. Official report on Feb 23 – left knee capsule sprain.

        We have to stop screwing with facts and opting for distortions for personal gain and inflammatory headlines and ridiculous comparisons with Colon and other pitchers at the plate to Brodie bash.

        You can argue that we didn’t need a solid veteran, switch hitting infielder such as Lowrie to be big contributor to the 2019 and 2020 teams, but there’s no valid argument to blame Brodie for Lowrie’s knee ligament injury after he was signed and passed his physical to finalize that deal.

        1. Oldbackstop says:

          LTF, I have made the identical points repeatedly about Lowrie.

          MetsDaddy is just a hater on Brodie and the Wilpons….ever since they engineered 911. No statement is too bizarro world and divorced from how adults do business. Oh! They also faked Wilmer’s injury so they could ruin his career. What else……they set up Yo-C on his exit….he actually had opted out like a gentleman, but the Wilpons and Brodie screwed him by making it all a mystery into game time.

          I think he trolls himself as clickbait with idiocy to get a rare long answer like yours. Very rare….

          1. Mets Daddy says:

            Properly assessing the complete and utter failures of Van Wagenen’s tenure isn’t being a hater. It’s a proper assessment of the awful job he’s done.

            There’s a reason why the players he got rid of have accumulated a higher WAR than the players he acquired.

            He completely botched the rotation, catching, and MLB ready organizational depth. If you say otherwise, you’re embarrassing yourself.

          2. Mets Daddy says:

            Keep trying to explain away bringing in less production than he sent away

        2. Mets Daddy says:

          It’s not ridiculous at all. He was hurt at the very beginning.

          In case you haven’t noticed, it’s a pattern with this organization. See Putz, J.J.

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            In his first year he improved by nine wins. He inherited the 29th worst farm system and has it rated 19th now due to great drafting. He has no onerous contracts on the books except for deGrom and Cano. He took one of the oldest teams in the NL and turned it into one of the youngest, in fact, the youngest Mets team in 23 years. He took a team with the lowest batting a average in baseball and turned it into the first Mets team to lead baseball in batting in franchise history.

            In less than two years. With Wilpon $$$.

            He will hand to his successor a team a few pieces away from a championship, with the payroll flexibility to add those pieces, a greatly enhanced farm system, and a core of young stars.

            Your problem is that you aren’t a Mets fan, MD. You are a fan of their minor league system. Anyone that trades any 19 yo farmer out of A ball is your sworn enemy.

          2. Mets Daddy says:

            You’re either being disingenuous or delusional.

            The championship core here was brought here by Sandy Alderson.

            The Mets would be better but he dismantled the farm. During that process, he acquired players with less WAR than the players he parted with.

            I have an issue with that. Apparently, you don’t. I think that definitively shows which one of us is the Mets fan and which one of us is you.

          3. Oldbackstop says:

            Sandy Alderson took over a 79 win team and didn’t win more than that for five years. He then handed Brodie the 29th farm system. Even the worst team in baseball will have some farm stars, particularly after drafting high for half a decade.

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