Originally written July 29, 2013 on Mets360.com:
Early in the season I supported the Mets having JordanyValdespin in the MLB lineup.  He has speed and power and the Mets future would not be Collin Cowgill.  Then his play stopped justifying my faith. By the end of his time in the majors he was hitting .188/.250/.316 and was only 4 for 7 stealing bases. It came as no surprise when the Mets sent him to the minors.  Well.. as no surprise to anyone but Valdespin. The player exploded into a tirade, damaging the clubhouse and basically throwing a class A temper tantrum.  He even tried to fabricate an injury to prevent from being shipped off to the minor leagues.  The issue here and all through his time with the Mets is that Valdespin doesn’t see himself as a 25 year old kid who hit an OPS of .566 in 66 games.  He sees the next great Dominican Baseball Hero. There is obviously a disconnect between results and Valdespin’sown mental image of himself… until now, maybe. In 11 games since his demotion to AAA he’s been on fire: 44 ABs 22
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