Well there are just 2 days left before 2011 is just a soon to be distant memory. We had our share of good times . And if you are like myself – a Mets fan we had our share of bad times as well.
In light of everything that went wrong with last seasons Mets team lets focus on something positive. I ask you who do you think the M.V.P. of the Mets last season ? Was it Jose Reyes ? Could it be Dillon Gee ? Maybe Sandy Alderson would be your top choice, or maybe even R.A Dickey ?
Well my nomination for the Mets M.V.P this past season is none other than Carlos Beltran. Carlos came into the ’11 season as a big question mark. There were still rumblings that his surgically repaired knees still weren’t fully healed, and he barely played in any games during Spring Training. The first thing that Carlos did was abdicate the center field position to Angel Pagan and settled into the role as the Mets right fielder. Carlos was expected to play 4-5 games a week, but he proved to be healthy enough to play almost everyday.
Carlos was the main power bat in a line-up that was decimated by injury. Both David Wright and Ike Davis were sidelined for huge chunks of the season, and Jason Bay’s bat still proved to be ineffective. So Carlos carried a very heavy weight on his shoulders.
Carlos played in 98 games for the Mets last season. He hit .289 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs before he was traded to the Giants on July 28th. Yes he was the glue that held the team together last season, but the reason why I consider him the M.V.P of the Mets because he played well enough to net the Mets the Giants top pitching prospect, Zack Wheeler.
Let us face the facts here. Yes it is very possible that if neither Beltran or Francisco Rodriguez were traded, the Mets could have finished with a record just north of .500. But anyway you slice it, Beltran was not going to be a Met after the season ended, and the Mets would not receive any free agent compensation for him. Wheeler, the prospect that obtained for him is projected to be a top flight starter, and should anchor a replenished pitching rotation in the near future.
So who do you feel should be the Mets M.V.P from last season ?
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve outfielder from the ’09 season, Emil Brown is 37 (1974). Brown appeared in just 3 games for the Mets, amassing 1 hit in 5 at bats .
The Texas Rangers signed starting pitcher, Kenny Rogers of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 29, 1999. Rogers was obtained from the Oakland A’s at the trade deadline for reserve outfielder, Terrence Long, and pitching prospect, Leo Vasquez. In his half season with the Mets, Rogers went 5-1 with an E.R.A of 4.03 in 12 starts. But he will always be remembered for walking in the winning run against the Atlanta Braves in game 7 on the ’99 NLCS. Most Mets fans would like to forget this game !
Mo Vaughn plans on dressing up as Baby New Year to ring in the new year on Saturday night ( Oh what a sight that should be) !