This offseason there was a lot of talk about players not wanting to come to the Mets. Â The medical staff was sometimes cited as a reason why players may not want to come here. Â That, like most of the “Kill the Mets” type articles out there this offseason, was probably completely fabricated.
Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan will be having Tommy John surgery on Friday. Â Given all the doctors in the world a professional athlete has to pick from, chances are he’s going to pick someone highly praised. Â The doctor performing Nathan’s surgery will be none other than the New York Mets own Dr. DavidÂ Altchek. Â It gets even better: Altchek comes recommended by former Yankee Carl Pavano, who performed the same operation on him while he was a New York Yankee. Â Pavano opted for Altchek over the Yankees own doctor, an Angels doctor, and Dr. James Andrew.
I know it’s in vogue to mock the Mets doctors, and the jokes can be quite funny, but the truth is players around the league respect the Mets doctors.