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Juan Lagares Newsbeat

Friday, May 30, 2014

Noble: Grace in center has Lagares on short Mets list

Confession: I root for Juan Lagares. There, I’ve said it, admitted it. On a regular basis, I do that which is routinely discouraged—even forbidden—in the pressbox. I do not cheer for the Mets center fielder. Can’t; long ago, Jerome Holtzman, the dean of baseball writers in Chicago, not only used “No cheering in the pressbox” as the title of his book, he also demanded it, not that writers’ objectivity had necessarily been called into question. So I don’t ever cheer—for any player or any team. But I root like hell for Lagares any time he steps into the batter’s box.

Now, it should be noted that a proviso exists in this seemingly partisan scenario, lest my own objectivity be questioned. My impartiality remains intact. It is uncompromised despite the “C’mon, Juans” that stop just short of my larynx when Lagares bats. I root for him for one reason, albeit a selfish one. I want him to hit so he will remain an everyday player and, as such, continue to play center field regularly. And play it as it hasn’t been played for a National League franchise in New York City since, well, we’ll get to that.

There’s a pretty big difference between Fangraphs and Baseball Reference wrt WAR. BR has him at 2.5 and FG has him at 1.0.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lagares helps Colon, Mets down Gio in DC

It could not have been pleasant for Juan Lagares to spend most of this week confined to the bench, helpless to stop the Mets from spiraling further into a losing muck. Manager Terry Collins kept insisting that Lagares was his starting center fielder, but Lagares didn’t play. A relatively minor two-week slump had effectively stripped him of his job.

On Saturday, Lagares set a rather explosive plan in motion to win it back. Homering, driving in three runs and robbing a home run on defense, Lagares carried Bartolo Colon and the Mets to a 5-2 win over the Nationals.

“I know I can play,” Lagares said. “That’s what I do. That’s what I’m here for.”

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 17, 2014 at 09:06 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Juan Lagares may be the odd man out in the Mets’ outfield | HardballTalk

A little old, but I’m posting it because, much like the Blue Blazer, it made my blue blood boil.

The Mets made a splash this off-season, signing Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract. They also picked up Chris Young on the cheap, and manager Terry Collins views him as a starter. That leaves one spot in the outfield between Juan Lagares and Eric Young, Jr.

According to Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger, it sounds like Young is in the lead and Lagares may be relegated to a bench role or sent to Triple-A Las Vegas.

“As we sit here today Eric Young is the guy you’d like to see at the top of the order,” Collins said.

Collins also said: “Juan had a nice winter but when he gets in here we’ve got to see what our best options are. We’ve got three guys that can play centerfield that we know of and by gosh the best one is going to be out there because it’s a big position. Especially in our park…So we’ve got some jobs out there and if we need one of those guys to get nights off we know we’ll have a quality player to put in there. So we’ll make decisions farther in spring training.”

The District Attorney Posted: February 20, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: eric young jr., juan lagares, mets

 

 

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