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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) Login to Bookmark
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