Author’s Note: As someone with family in NY and NJ, this writer sends his very best wishes to the First Lady of TRDMB, SRT, and truly hopes that she and her loved ones have made it through the storm without issue. Best wishes also go out to site stalwart and wise man Mr. North Jersey-we all hope that he and his family are very safe and sound as well. Here’s hoping we hear from them soon.
Chase Headley of the Padres won the NL 3rd base Gold Glove, defeating David Wright. Some fans feel Wright was again robbed, but was he? How many Met fans really saw enough of Headley to judge? Regardless, Headley seemingly came out of nowhere, finished strong while Wright finished June strong and then spent the rest of the year fading like the rest of the Mets, and as it is the managers and coaches who vote for this, do all of them really see enough of all of the candidates to make wise decisions?
Rafael Palmeiro once won a Gold Glove for 1B in a season when he played 28 games in the field. Shawn Green once won one. Did David Wright really deserve his in 2007 and 2008?
This writer has often felt that the Gold Glove is, in many cases, a true indicator of great fielding. But in some other cases, it is a popularity contest, it is also based on who is a better or more popular overall player including offense, and on some occasions it is probably won due to many voters simply not knowing the entire league well enough to really make the best call.
Does it really matter? To an extent yes, as this surely is something players treasure, and fans of losing teams like the Mets can hope for as something bright after another dull season. But in the overall scheme of things, there really are many, many larger issues for Met fans to worry about.
Such as Dickey and the Cy Young. The feeling here is that he is going to win. There were a bunch of candidates with very worthy resumes this year, and in a case like that, someone with an incredibly interesting and multi-layered backstory such as Dickey would seem to be a favorite.
Perusing various writers’ opinions throughout different baseball cities indeed shows that many of them have been enthralled with R.A., both on and off of the field, and in a year when the voting could go several ways, this could be the advantage that propels Dickey to the Mets’ fifth Cy Young award, with Doc winning last in 1985 following three from Tom Seaver.
The Mets did, as expected, pick up the 2013 options on Wright and Dickey. This is not newsworthy in the slightest, as it was 100% expected by all.
However, the more time that goes by without an extension being announced–or even serious discussions being reported–does help create another potentially uncomfortable situation for the Mets and their fans. It was recently reported by various sources that the sides are “Still talking about when to really get talking.”
Are we going to see another “We’re buyers!” situation? Is this a charade as alleged negotiations with Jose Reyes turned out to be? Could the Mets really simply be leading their fan base on yet again, delaying and delaying without taking any serious action?
It is of course very hard for us to know.
The feeling here is that the team probably feels as though there will be fan revolt and even larger decreases in attendance and interest without Wright around. The feeling here is also that a huge deal for the numbers being bandied about for Wright which would start as he turns 31 will be a disaster. The feeling here remains that re-signing Dickey for three years is a much better bet.
In any event, the prediction here is that Wright will be re-signed and Dickey will not, and that the Mets will have two more colossal mistakes to add to their now near half-decade of decline, mismanagement, and mediocrity.
What do you think? Let us know!