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jason bay vs. kevin mcreynolds
What is the point of keeping him around? You have to pay him, yes, but playing him gives you less of a chance to win, which then lowers attendance and interest. Which costs you more than releasing him and paying his replacement minimum salary. There's no upside to it.
If they released Bay tomorrow, he'd be in some other uniform next week
It is rather amazing how quickly Bay lost it. He was 31 when this severe decline began. The ballpark may have been a factor, but that doesn't explain it all.
i was just tossing it out there since mcreynolds was a guy who stopped hitting at roughly the same time as bay in terms of age
i was always a big mcreynolds fan.
When all those teams were making braggart videos in the 80's, was there a team that made one and didn't win a championship? The 85 Bears won it all, the 89 49ers won it all and the 86 Mets won it all.
I can remember the Browns making one with Bernie Kosar.
Would you sign this player?
but I'll admit that I was a Ruben Tejada doubter.
Actually, that .301 has me nervous,
I suspect that more Met fans felt McReynolds should be the 1988 MVP than Darryl Strawberry (or Kirk Gibson),
Didn't McReynolds have some weird record for most SB in a season without a CS, or something like that?
But in '87 and '88 he played left field better than any Met before or since. Then he got fat.
I suspect that more Met fans felt McReynolds should be the 1988 MVP than Darryl Strawberry (or Kirk Gibson)
I don't know if that list is unusually awful. (I can certainly think of at least one LF list I bet is worse: Seattle.) You can't expect to have a superstar at every position every 25 years. Bonilla as alluded to earlier actually hit well for the Mets; Floyd had a very nice career; and although Agbayani was never quite a regular, he was always pretty good.
He's probably miscast as a top of the order hitter, but he looks like he's going to be a good player for a while.
I'm not sure about being miscast at the top of the order-- he handles the bat well and sees a lot of pitches. At the start of the season, I thought he was a perfect fit for the #2 hole, but after watching him lead off, I see the value of hitting him there. The 2012 Tejada IMO is more suited to hit #2 or #1 than anywhere else in the order.
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