On Thursday, the Mets did not make themselves a perennial All-Star and a potential Hall of Land. In Francisco Lindor, they may just be a face of the franchise themselves.
After all, he is already a face of the game.
“That would be great,” Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller, who spent two-plus seasons with Lindor in Cleveland and a season and a half with the Yankees, told the Post in a text message on Thursday. “Frankie is a superstar and he works with his tail. Combine that with his talent and there’s no reason he can’t be great anywhere. “
You never know if someone can handle baseball’s challenging Acela line of Boston-New York-Philadelphia, which stands up for its collective intensity and media scrutiny until it gets there. It may be that both Lindor and the Mets get off to a slow 2021 start and not recover. However, it has to rank as a Dalit landscape. Lindor has shown too much skill, too much rhyme and too bright a smile to bet against him.
“There are many players that you look up to and you appreciate them. There are other players you look up to and you smile. This smile is not just an act of praise, but also of how they play the game, is such a reactionary response, ”Mets president Sandy Alderson said at a Zoom news conference on Thursday. “I think Lindor is the kind of player who makes a smile.”
It is his grace, his affirmation and his enthusiasm that make Lindor stand out. This forced Major League Baseball to send the Indians to the original Puerto Rico of Lindor for the 2018 regular season series. Should open the door to endorsement opportunities Lindor should return to free agency which she can enter at Citi Field next winter in exchange for a long-term commitment.
Alderson has long adopted the notion that baseball should be regarded as entertainment as well as competition. He built the A’s team in the ’80s that included “Bash Brothers'” Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire as well as the all-time hot dog Ricky Henderson, and his 2015 Mets found themselves equally as fun and colorful As good as they were. Lindor’s star power was “a factor in the deal”, Alderson admitted, continuing, “I don’t know if that was the most important factor, but look, in terms of a player’s personality at any given time It brings an extra dimension, in terms of how they present themselves, how fans will react to that player, it has to be kept in mind.
“He’s obviously doing a lot of things on his young life. We expect him to continue doing them in New York. … It certainly wasn’t a very big idea but was a big benefit for us at the fringe . “
It does not believe that Lindor, a slam dunk who goes to leave small market Cleveland, has been angling for years to play in New York, once he contacts the free agency. Indeed, the Blue Jays have made more sense as they are managed by their country’s Charlie Montoyo and run by team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins, who groomed them for the Indians. Still, he should fit in with the Mets.
“Very charismatic player, high-energy player,” GM GM Jared Porter said. “I think his teammates feed him. I think she feeds it too. I think he likes to play and perform in the biggest moments as often as he can. To get better he , Never sees to improve.
“When I called her today [for an introduction], It looked as if he was in the background batting Cage. She is very hardworking. He is a great teammate. He is someone who leads by example and can be part of the core of our club. “
In addition, Lindor is considered accountable during bad times and acceptable and accessible at all times.
The Mets already employ a high-energy leader in Pete Alonso, who, like Lindor, experienced some statistical slippery during the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, and Dom Smith is trending that way as well. The Lindor Mets can join them to activate the fan base. To sell tickets, eventually, assuming that vaccination goes fairly easily.
Lindor has its own big stage. Now all he needs to do is immediately activate his new fans.