The Most Underappreciated Met

Michael GanciCorrespondent IMay 20, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 16:  Fernando Tatis #17 of the New York Mets bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 16, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  The Mets won 9-6.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


The Mets have a lot of guys who seem to fly under the radar as players that people underestimate. Some examples of this are Alex Cora, Omir Santos, and Ryan Church. But there is one guy who stands out above the rest that has proven himself to be a valuable commodity, even if it is just as a platoon player. The man that I am referring to is Fernando Tatis.

Tatis is a guy that has proven himself valuable in many facets. First of all, he can hit to all fields. Secondly, he is valuable in a defensive sense. We have already seen him used at first, second, short, third, left, and right since he became a Met last season. If he could pitch and catch, he would really be the complete package.

One of the most impressive things about Tatis is that his career once appeared over, and he resurrected it last season and won the comeback player of the year award, and rightfully so.

The Mets rewarded Tatis last season with a new deal and opportunity. After a beginning to the season where he seemed like the forgotten man, injuries have forced him into action, and once again he is responding admirably. He is holding up the fort well, and he is once again proving to be valuable while the Mets deal with several injury concerns.

People need to give Tatis more credit, because if it wasn’t for him, we would really be in a bigger mess.

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