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Mets debut Dominic Smith.. and take him out of the game early

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: New York Mets 2013 first round draft pick, 11th overall, Dominic Smith looks on from the dugout before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on June 9, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: New York Mets 2013 first round draft pick, 11th overall, Dominic Smith looks on from the dugout before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on June 9, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Dominic Smith made his major league debut on Friday night. And it did not end as well as I’m sure he hoped it would

Dominic Smith was double switched out of his debut. Yes, that happened, and it was entirely unnecessary.

We truly saw #Terryball at its finest on Friday. With the pitcher’s spot due up, Terry Collins switched Smith out of the game, moved Wilmer Flores to take over at first, and had Asdrubal Cabrera enter the game to play at third.

Should Smith have been taken out of the game? Absolutely not.

Yes, the kid was nervous. Yes, he had just made an error (despite it being marked as a double for Galvis, and not an error), and let a ground ball get right by him, letting Freddy Galvis get to second. Smith was clearly angry about this. He then bobbled a ball, but quickly recovered it and made the next out.

And yup, Smith was taken out during the sixth inning.

Come on. Are you kidding me? This is not a must win game. We’re playing a four-game series against the Phillies, who are horrible this year, and we’re 12 games out of the Wild Card. By no means is this game a must win where you should take the kid making his major league debut out right after he makes a mistake.

Do you just want to kill Smith’s confidence right off the bat? He can’t be feeling too great about himself right now. Heck, I know I wouldn’t be. Is this how players should be developed? Want them to feel bad about themselves from the get-go?

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Smith should be babied. But it’s the kid’s first game in the bigs. Double switching him out of the game was just unnecessary, and all it’s going to result in is doing damage to his confidence.

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Yes, we need to win games, I know that. But we also need to support our players, and help them develop. As a manager, taking one of your top prospects out of the game, while he’s making his MLB debut, is not the way to do that.

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