Jason Bay is done. I’m going to say that he should probably just retire at this point because he’s not helping anyone by playing baseball. He’s hurting himself and the organization that pays him. Retire, go to Canada and drink some maple syrup. The Mets might be better off with Hairston/Valdespin, Nieuwenhuis and Duda in the outfield anyway.
- What if Davis begins to slump again?
- What if Hairston continues to be incapable of hitting righties?
- Can we rely on a kid who’s never really played the outfield much?
- What if Nieuwenhuis gets self-conscious about being called “Too Big” for centerfield?
- What then?
Well… what about bringing the media apocalypse of the Manny Ramirez experience to Flushing?
Now… before the villagers get their torches and pitch-forks to start scouring New Jersey looking for me, let me try and make a rational argument for why this might not be the worst idea you’ve read today. Better yet, some Pros and Cons.
- Manny Ramirez is a proven MLB hitter
- His career OPS is .995
- 12 Time All Star
- 9 Time Silver Slugger
- Has 555 career HRs
- He’s 40 years old
- He can’t field
- He has a negative impact on the clubhouse
- He could negatively affect youngsters
- He hasn’t played in a long while
So let us say the Mets invite Manny Ramirez to join Valentino Pascucci and Matt Den Dekker in AAA. He takes a few (2-3 weeks) starts down there and then the Mets bring him up. Well… this does a couple things:
- Creates Media Buzz (Increases Revenue)
- Gives Mets Power Righty Bat (Not named Scott Hairston)
- Gives Terry Collins Migraine Headaches
So here’s the final question:
Who Would Be The Best Option For The Mets In Left Field?