Like the rest of you, “The Bad Guys Won” author Jeff Pearlman has read speculation surrounding the Mets’ interest in free agent OF Matt Holliday, but strongly urges Omar Minaya to turn his attention in the direction of….a third-baseman?
If I know the Mets (and, sadly, I know the Mets), they™ll make a major play for Holliday, envisioning him protecting David Wright (or vice versa) in a revamped middle of the lineup. But this would be foolish. If Omar Minaya is wise, he takes his (offensive) money and goes straight to the house of Chone Figgins, the Angels™ splendid third baseman. Yes, there™s the defensive alignment problem”the Mets are locked at third with Wright, at short with Jose Reyes and at second with (good God) Luis Castillo. But Figgins has shown an ability to play anywhere, including the outfield.
So why sign him? Because the Mets, being the Mets, constructed a ballpark that sucks the power from most boppers; that will only reward speed, speed and more speed. I™m not saying it™ll certainly work, but if I™m in charge of the 2010 Mets, I™m thinking of the mid-80s Cardinals of Vince Coleman, Willie McGee and Tommy Herr. Run, run, run, run, run”and hope the old-school generation of offensive somehow works.
Indeed, the Wilpons built a field with a very specific team in mind. Sadly, that team was the 1985 Cards.
Monday’s announcement that Florida’s Chris Coghlan had been named the National League’s Rookie Of The Year just happened to come on Dwight Gooden’s 45th birthday — a quarter century after the former Mets starter was named 1984’s NL ROY. Congrats to Doc on narrowly beating me to 45 and here’s hoping he continues to do so for a long, long time.