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Mets Season in Review: Eric Campbell

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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Eric Campbell (29) celebrates in the dugout after scoring during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Eric Campbell (29) celebrates in the dugout after scoring during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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How’d he fare in 2016?

Unfortunately, Eric Campbell performed as expected during his time with the Mets in 2016. Never one to match his minor league potential in the majors, Campbell again struggled last season. In two stints with the Mets, he batted a disappointing .173 with one home run and nine RBIs.

He struck out at an alarming rate, nearly every third at bat, and he could never seem to put together back-to-back solid offensive games.

“Soup,” as it turned out, was usually served cold.

Bad puns aside, his continued treacherous at-bats tortured Mets faithful as he became the symbol for the Mets’ first-half offensive futility.

Defensively, he wasn’t a complete disaster. He usually made the plays he should and sometimes even managed to surprise everyone with a standout play at either corner position.

One play from 2016 that sticks out is when Campbell saved a crucial game in September by robbing Ender Inciarte of a hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. This was probably the highlight of his season.

Still, Campbell simply couldn’t get it going in Queens the way he could in Las Vegas, where he saw some success. In Las Vegas in 2016, with the Triple-A squad, Campbell batted .301 with 7 home runs and 47 RBI. This was Campbell’s M.O. and why he became labeled a quadruple-A player by many fans.

Back at the end of May, when it became clear the Duda would be out a long time with his back fracture, I plead that the Mets should drop Campbell in favor of signing James Loney. I am happy to say that my feeling was the right one (though to be fair, I was far from the only person advocating the move).

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