Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 5/8/13
1992 CLASSIC BEST ALAN ZINTER The convenient Alan Zinter narrative focuses simply on his status as another first-round draft bust for the Mets. This story is built around his 84 career plate appearances and .167 batting average, and the fact that none of this meager production was even logged in orange and blue. There’s a wistful chapter or two reserved for what might have been, looking no further than the pick who came after him in the 25th slot that year: 1991 Rookie of the Year Chuck Knoblauch. This is followed by a more sanguine passage covering the even-up 1994 swap with the Tigers that brought Rico Brogna to New York, a straight-up steal for the Mets. But the somewhat more obscure Alan Zinter narrative is centered around perseverance, determination, and a passion for the game. Zinter debuted with Pittsfield in 1989 at the age of 21. He did well enough there to warrant a move up to St. Lucie after just a dozen games. And thus began an odyssey that saw him work through various c...
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