"When it's your time, it's your time", the Grim Reaper might creepily say.
But that same saying can have positive meaning....because in TJ Rivera's case, his bat is shouting out:
WHEN IT'S YOUR TIME, IT'S YOUR TIME:
Hitting so well in the minors through 2015 that the Mets could no longer ignore him and keep the undrafted Rivera out of AAA Las Vegas, TJ had 3 easy-to-achieve objectives heading into 2016, all of which he achieved:
1) Add more power - CHECK
2) Win the PCL AAA batting title - CHECK
3) Hit .333 in a meaningful Mets' Sept. debut - CHECK
Despite the 2016 successes, though, 2017 rolls around, and a crowded Met infield caused him to spend several games in Vegas again. No respect, I tell ya.
People keep thinking he's a fluke, and he just hits and hits, to show that is just plain flukey thinking.
Injuries like Lucas Duda's hyperextended elbow and Wilmer Flores' knee infection opened the infield door to a call back up for infielder Rivera. It didn't hurt Rivera that Yoenis Cespedes' injury amplified the team's need for offense.
Through Friday night, in his 145 at bats as a major leaguer, TJ Rivera has hit .324/.354/.483.
The mighty Yo Cespedes, in his career, is .272/.327/.496.
Lucas Duda? .246/.343/.462.
And Rivera hits like a righty version of lefty hitting machine Daniel Murphy - remember him? Murphy for his career is .297/.340/.450.
Rivera by the #'s is no slacker compared to those fellas.