Posted by Mack Ade at 10:00 AM
Just reading through Macks Mets today and had a few quick thoughts along the moot super highway.
We need to remember this 2017 season, that what a player accomplishes in Spring Training means almost nothing at all beyond making the final cut and being on the 25-man roster. What I am simply saying here, is that Spring Training is really just an opportunity, a testing ground to experiment with one's overall ability, and to try new things outs. It's a place to hopefully grow. So, just because a pitcher (or field player) who prior has demonstrated talent and professional consistency then has a stretch during Spring Training where that all seems to have somehow disappeared, does not mean that he has lost his skill set and no longer can be depended upon going forward into the real season. The reason for this obvious talent slippage of sorts tends to be simply due to his "experimentation", and that really is what Spring Training is best used for. Plus, each player may have been given a few things that management wants most to see them working on during the course of Spring Training. Cutting to the chase here, we need not be too critical of everything that goes on during Spring Training. Wait until the bell rings and the season begins, may be sound advice here.
On the incessant Tim Tebow criticism...
Baseball's bottom-line is business. Professional baseball is about winning games, and playing the best players at each position regardless of the time spent coming up through a team's system. Choosing which players to start, or play the most, is about who actually is better and most deserves that opportunity. It is not about, well, this player has been here since forever and deserves to start ahead of all the other players who have less time in here, just because he has this "seniority thing." Look at Wilmer Flores (as an example) on this current NY Mets team. I think that these NY Mets drafted him when he was like fifteen years old, or something. By this supposed rule of seniority, Wilmer Flores should then be starting with this NY Mets team at any position he would basically like to start at since only Mr. Met has been here longer on this team. In short, it's about talent, talent potential, and also what the team needs most to win ball games with their current roster.
Tim Tebow does have name recognition, but he also has what could turn out to be dramatic homerun ability once he gets used to professional pitching. This is what (I think) most of us see here with Tim. And this NY Mets minor league system does not seem to have so many of these power hitters anywhere within their minor league ranks, that I can find.
The 2017 NY Mets season will (for me) all come down to just how healthy their 25-man roster can stay all season long. If the team can somehow stay healthy, then they will be in the playoff hunt for certain. If not, maybe we will see some Mets AAA minor league players up here come September 1st. Either way, this should be a fun and interesting season for everyone!
Get ready Mets fans.