There’s been so much talk among Mets fans about why Manny isn’t a Met.
I certainly hope not.
Looking at Manny’s offensive statistics is stunning. Even better than I thought when I thought about writing this post. I’ve never watched Manny play every day during his time in Boston or last season with the Dodgers.
I probably watched more of him last year with the Dodgers than I did during his Boston career.
He’s an offensive juggernaut like the Mets haven’t seen since the days of Darryl Strawberry, or maybe ever.
But he isn’t right for the Mets.
And I’m not writing that because I have some delusion that the Mets will only employ players of the highest personal integrity. I even supported the Mets before the 2007 season when they signed Guillermo Mota knowing that he would face a steriod suspension to start the season.
It didn’t work out very well but I thought it was a good move at the time.
As I look over Manny’s numbers at his Baseball Reference profile, its difficult not to fall in love with his stats.
His 162 game career average of .314/.411/.593, 41 HR, and 133 RBI is intoxicating to imagine in a Met uniform. And I honestly believe he can continue that late in his career, as he’ll be 37 years old in May.
The reason that I don’t want to see Manny with the Mets is because he gave up on the Red Sox.
He didn’t even try last year.
I believe that he faked knee injuries so he wouldn’t have to play. I believe that he didn’t try to play well in the field or at-bat.
And that I can’t take.
I can live with players making bad decisions to extend their careers or improve their performance (e.g. steriods and HGH).
I don’t like it but I can understand it.
But I can’t live with watching a player every day that isn’t trying. If Manny isn’t highly motivated—and he may not be for whatever team he ends up with–he very well may not try to win or even step on the field. And that is something that I don’t want to see with the Mets.
The Dodgers can have him.