Mets Season in Review: T.J. Rivera

By Emmanuel Pepis
Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) hits a home run to left during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) hits a home run to left during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /
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Contract status and trade rumors

It was announced earlier Wednesday that Rivera will be playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, which kicks off on March 6 in South Korea. Rivera will get some extra at-bats in a competition format to help prepare him for a more expanded role next season with the Mets.

His major league service time just started and Rivera has shown himself to be a polished player. It’s been a case of better late than never for Rivera, who will play his first full season in the big leagues at age 28.

It’s really a story that you can’t help but root for: Rivera has been under the radar for most of his entire career, yet continues to produce at a high level.

Will he always be a .300-plus hitter? That part remains to be seen, but fans will no doubt get the same work ethic from Rivera that brought him to this point.

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