Doubling Down on His Goals
Van Wagenen said he wanted to deliver a championship to Queens this year and every year after. Well, it’s not going to happen in 2019. At least he looks like he’s prepared to tackle the 2020 season with the same goals in mind.
A reason why Van Wagenen is the Mets’ general manager and not Chaim Bloom is because he believed the team could compete. Bloom pitched to the Wilpons an idea of rebuilding. His goal was to tear it all down and build from the ground up. This isn’t the Mets’ style.
In naming the positives and negatives of any front office personnel or even coach, it’s impossible to know exactly what they truly deserve credit or blame for. Jeff Wilpon wields far more power than BVW. For all we know, he’s the guy I should be thanking for the small number of good things accomplished this year.
First, Van Wagenen successfully kept his goals intact by adding Stroman in July. In August, he signed free agents Joe Panik and Brad Brach. Despite not being game-changers, these were necessary moves he had to make in an attempt to salvage the season.
The Mets have aspirations for a championship in the coming seasons. Van Wagenen hasn’t backed off of that goal. He’s going to win it all or get fired trying.
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Van Wagenen’s first year as the GM will not end the way we wanted it to. Hopefully, he learned a few things through his mistakes and successes. Year two will tell us a lot more about the kind of general manager he is and whether or not he deserves to continue in the spot for a third season.