New York Mets fans know better than anyone about their favorite baseball team. So we asked them on Twitter who they believe has the better MLB career, Brandon Nimmo or Dominic Smith.
What have you done for us lately, Brandon Nimmo? In a non-scientific poll conducted on the Rising Apple twitter page last week, we asked a simple question to New York Mets fans regarding who they believe will have a better MLB career: Nimmo or Dominic Smith.
Ask this question even two months ago and the results would look far different. Go back to last year and you might only see a couple of internet clowns give Smith a vote. In 2019, people are now seriously considering Smith as the one to have the better numbers once each hangs up his cleats.
In the results, we saw just how many Mets fans are ready to jump on the Smith bandwagon:
At a staggering 62%, Smith takes the win.
I suppose staggering isn’t the appropriate word. Because of the numbers of voters, it means a few dozen favored him over Nimmo. There’s no electoral process here either so every vote counts the same regardless of whether or not they’ve checked statistics since 2018.
Either way, this is a nice turnaround for Smith in the eyes of the fans. For much of 2019, he has drawn praise. Everything he has done off the field from losing weight to fixing his sleep apnea deserves high praise. The man obviously wants to get better at his job. He’s taking all of the appropriate steps to get it done.
Meanwhile, Nimmo hasn’t seen action for weeks and recently suffered a setback in his rehab. Doubters of his can gloat silently as the kid has no chance to improve upon his poor 2019 numbers for at least a little while longer. Considering he was shut down for at least another month from all baseball activities, there’s a possibility we don’t see him for anything more than a handful of games late this year.
This pair has quite a lot in common and at their best in the major leagues, has shown an ability to do more than we expect in the early going. Each is a former first-round draft pick who hits left-handed. While Smith could project as a high batting average guy, Nimmo made his mark by drawing walks aplenty in 2018.
I also do think we should all be a little impressed with the power display each put on in their respective “breakout seasons.” Nimmo’s pop was an added bonus last season. Smith, who never hit for great power in the minor leagues, also looks like a 20 home run guy if given the at-bats.
When we put this poll up again in 2020, you can bet the results will slant to an extreme in one way or another. These two left-handed hitters have a chance to have really good big league careers. Still young, I’m not sure any of us can confidently say one way or another which of the two ends up with the better career.
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Regardless of the uniform they wear, which of these Mets do you see hanging up his cleats with the better numbers?