The buzz on the street is that the Mets, still strapped for cash and likely to bleed money for another season or two might need to part ways with their beloved 3B. As David Wright would leave Flushing for a new franchise, this Met fan wonders, who the Mets will bill as the great hope of the team? If not Wright, then who?
Ike Davis seems to be an option. He’s clean cut, and puts out effort. Also doesn’t hurt that he hit 32 home runs in 2012. Perhaps if he can get his numbers on the track they had been before the injury and keep his nose clean the Mets would pick him to represent them as the future of the franchise. The issue is that Davis has had his highs and lows and should settle somewhere in the medium of those expectations… not above them.
He’s a North East kid, born in New London, CT and a pitching legend of Fitch High School in Groton, CT. He went to college in North Carolina and was the Met’s #1 draft pick (7th overall) in the 2010 draft. All of this sounds good, but can he smile, say the right things and sell an automobile? Maybe he’s not the most chiseled and handsome bachelor ever to call New York home, but he has seemed to have a grip of reality and a certain comfort with the media.
The next question is harder: Can Matt Harvey lead a team?
He’ll be 24 in 2013 and while he’ll have Johan Santana and Ike Davis sharing some of the burden, you cannot easily look at Matt Harvey to keep this team going strong. He’s going to go up to Jason Bay after he grounds into another inning ending double play and get in his face for not showing hustle? (Maybe, I mean… Bay is Canadian… Canadians aren’t that scary) The point is that Matt Harvey may have almost 60 very impressive innings under his belt, but he doesn’t have the gravitas to become the hero of a franchise right away.
So I put it to the people: If not Harvey, then who?