Sometimes I wonder where would the Mets be right now if they had only started the season with Juan Lagares as their Opening Day centerfielder as I had hoped all along.
As he tore up Triple-A pitching to the tune of .346/.378/.551 while playing the best centerfield I’ve ever seen since Carlos Beltran was in his prime, it frustrated me to see the parade of scrubs, journeymen and Quad-A players the team paraded in center for the first month of the season while this gem of a player was being largely ignored.
Finally, Lagares got the call, but unfortunately he spent 32 of the next 40 games rotting away on the bench, even though in the games he did play, he showed flashes of brilliance in center field and the hint of something special offensively.
By the end of May, the same know-nothings who called me out for referring to Lagares as a legit prospect were already calling him a waste of a roster spot given his .171 batting average after 50 sporadic plate appearances. But I hung with him… I...