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Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo missed out on the fun in 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates scoring on Brandon Nimmo #9 sac fly in the forth inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates scoring on Brandon Nimmo #9 sac fly in the forth inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo missed out on the fun in 2019. Let’s hope he’s present plenty for an even better 2020.

Before we all fell in love with Pete Alonso in 2019, had an affair with J.D. Davis, and daydreamed about Jeff McNeil, New York Mets fans were treated to an awesome year from Brandon Nimmo in 2018. His breakout campaign showed what he was capable of if given the opportunity to play every day. Unfortunately, injuries didn’t allow him a repeat season in 2019.

Nimmo missed out on the fun of this past season. He played in 69 nice games for the team, clawing back from some pedestrian numbers he had before landing on the IL.

Nimmo played a game for the Mets on May 20th and didn’t return to action again until September 1st. The long layoff meant the Mets went without one of their most exciting players through the early summer decline and the surge near the trade deadline. While he was able to return for the final month of the year, his absence went noticed.

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The final totals on the year for Nimmo included a batting line of .221/.375/.407. This wasn’t quite what he did the year prior when he excelled at reaching base. Nimmo finished 2019 hitting .263/.404/.483 while giving hope he could slot in as a potential leadoff option going forward.

Flash forward to the 2019-2020 offseason and suddenly the Mets have more options than ever to leadoff in the future. McNeil was a batting title contender for a large part of the season. Amed Rosario has the wheels you like to see from a leadoff hitter. He also managed to put together his best offensive season yet.

Nimmo has a role on the Mets, although I feel it’s undefined. This is only because we’re not exactly sure what he is.

For the past three seasons, however, finding ways to get on base either through walks or hit by pitches has made him not only a fan-favorite but also a core member of the team.

We saw that word plenty during the 2019 season, didn’t we? Core. It’s the four-letter word we’re all latching onto.

When the 2018 campaign wrapped up, there was plenty of hope Nimmo would be at the center of this team’s core while less experienced men like McNeil and Alonso developed. Well, they’ve caught up and passed Nimmo because of his layoff in 2019.

Next season, it’s essential Nimmo stays healthy. His style of play, which comes off as a little too reckless, makes him injury-prone at the plate and on defense. A yearly trip to the IL feels inevitable for Nimmo.

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Nevertheless, I hope he’s here in 2020. This time, I want to see his smile when the Mets are having fun.

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