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New York Mets: Five winners from the first-half of the 2019 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates with Jeff McNeil #6 after hitting a three-run home run to left center field in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates with Jeff McNeil #6 after hitting a three-run home run to left center field in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK – APRIL 13: Fans wait at the ticket window outside of Citi Field before opening day on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea stadium as the Mets home field. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

People Who Passed on Season Tickets

If you usually buy Mets season tickets and decided to skip on it this year for whatever reason, congratulations. You are a first-half winner.

Season tickets are a big commitment. Even if you intend to sell some of them off, you’ll have a tough time doing so in the final three months of the year. The Mets aren’t playing many meaningful games and there’s no star minor leaguer about to get called up. Is Tim Tebow available for an appearance? Can David Wright have another farewell tour?

Baseball fans who purchase the 81-game plan are true loyalists. They are also probably wealthy enough to afford them so even in a lost season like 2019, they aren’t about to go broke.

Even so, you’re lucky if you wisely went with the decision to attend fewer Mets games this year. Hopefully, you aren’t someone who bought a Robinson Cano jersey with the savings instead.

Dave Eiland

How can a man who is unemployed and was the first coach fired be a winner? Look at what happened to the Mets days after he was relieved of duty.

Former Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland was fired and the bullpen promptly fell apart. A clear scapegoat for the team’s troubling beginning, Eiland surely looks much better with the results that have followed.

When first hired, Eiland had a good reputation as a pitching coach thanks in large part to how he worked while with the Kansas City Royals. Zack Wheeler’s awesome finish to 2018 was partly credited to Eiland. However, his regression and the struggles of others also fell on Eiland this year.

Because Eiland hasn’t been with the team since their collapse in late June, I think he’ll get a job quickly in the offseason. He may choose to sit out a year to regroup. Nonetheless, I don’t think he’s crying about leaving the chaos and heartache the 2019 Mets supplied him with.

At the very least, I suspect he has far fewer headaches.

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