This year’s New York Mets roster looks a lot different than it did one year ago. Thanks to these young players, the core has some members we didn’t know much about 365 days ago.
Dynasties are built with a core group of players who stay around for more than a few years. Look at any of the best teams in baseball history. They keep their best players around for as long as possible. For the New York Mets, this meant signing Jacob deGrom to a contract extension before the season began.
The Mets are more than one ace and will need more help in order to potentially become the team we wish them to grow into. For a few years now, we’ve hoped to see this core group include Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Michael Conforto, and Amed Rosario.
Those four are certainly key, but this year, four new young Mets we didn’t even know much about a year ago have become potential core members of their future. A lot can change in only a year. Flashback 365 days ago and none of us knew the team would have such a reliance on these four players.
In the past, the Mets have had cores which helped land them in the playoffs. The 2006 team included all-time Mets greats Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and David Wright. Before them, the 2000 squad included Edgardo Alfonzo, Al Leiter, and Mike Piazza as three of its longtime core members.
It’s the length of a player’s tenure which really makes him a core chip. Mike Hampton was great in 2000, but it was his only year with the team. In 2006, Carlos Delgado was deadly at the plate. His time in New York wasn’t much longer.
Less than 365 days ago, these Mets had never played a game with the team. I hope we’re fortunate to see each stick around a while and put together some awesome years as part of the core.