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Mets: Missing the playoffs hurts a little bit more this year than most

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets reacts after he hit a pop fly for an out in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 24, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets reacts after he hit a pop fly for an out in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 24, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen answers questions during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Reason #3 – A Bold GM

From being an unconventional hire to adding talent that the previous Mets regime would have made up excuses to do without, Brodie Van Wagenen made several bold moves, and some even bolder statements with his preseason, “Come and get us,” line that he respectfully owned up to when “They came and got us.”

I admit that having a GM who was so confident prior to the start of the season made me (in a small way) want the Mets to succeed for his sake. Despite his shortcomings, he did try to build a winner. And while it may not have worked out this season, sometimes all you can ask from management is to try.

With one offseason under his belt and another one upcoming before the 2020 season, Van Wagenen should have the time and, hopefully, the resources to add payroll and build off the progress made in 2019 by filling in the gaps, which are holding this team back from reaching their full potential.

In fact, his boldest move may be yet to come when winter descends on Citi Field and Mickey Callaway’s contract runs out. Personally, I don’t think the Mets will give the fans what they want by signing Joe Girardi or Joe Maddon … but then again, you never really know with Van Wagenen.

I, for one, did not foresee him becoming a Trade Deadline buyer with a ballclub playing several games below .500, and yet Marcus Stroman was wearing orange and blue instead of Yankee pinstripes.

Perhaps BVW’s unorthodox decision-making may deliver fans the former Yankees skipper as well…

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