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Mets Movie Magic: Casting a film about the upcoming 2020 season

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: General view as Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: General view as Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Who would star in a movie about the 2020 New York Mets? We’re putting together a cast list.

Though we are less than 100 days away from 2020 New York Mets baseball, it’s time to admit that late December is known more for Oscar buzz than for home runs and strikeouts. Baseball and movies have a rich history, with many beloved films such as Field of Dreams, A League of Their Own, and Bull Durham using America’s pastime as a backdrop.

With that in mind, perhaps the 2020 Mets season will be so legendary that it will warrant an entire feature film. Hollywood is filled to the brim with talented actors, and the Mets, at their best, operate with a type of magical poeticism that not even Hollywood could script (see: Dom Smith’s season-ending walk-off). In this scenario, who could conceivably play the Mets players in a movie?

We all know that Noah Syndergaard and Chris Hemsworth are already indelibly linked, so just for fun, let’s take a look at four other Mets players and their hypothetical Hollywood counterparts.

Pete Alonso – Chris Pratt

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA – JULY 22: Chris Pratt attends the grand opening celebration of ‘Jurassic World -The Ride’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 22, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Universal Studios Hollywood )
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – AUGUST 18: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the 8th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

This pair seems like a no-brainer. Pratt is known for playing goofy, lovable characters in movies, and Alonso has perfectly stepped into the role of the fun-loving Polar Bear on the Mets. Pratt even has experience in baseball movies, having played Oakland A’s first baseman Scott Hatteberg in the 2011 film Moneyball.

Pratt and Alonso also share similar interests outside of their day jobs, with both frequently posting about their interests in hunting and fishing on social media. Even if Pratt isn’t planning on starring in another baseball movie, it seems he and Alonso would be good friends.

Marcus Stroman – Kevin Hart

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 10: Kevin Hart is honored with a Hand and Footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 10, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 09: Marcus Stroman #7 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals to end the top of the third inning at Citi Field on August 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

In only a few short months as a Met, Stroman has established himself as one of the most energetic, emotional players on the field at any time. He is also generally one of the most hyped-up players in the dugout. Given that Hart tends to immediately inject energy into any scene he’s in, he would be a good choice to play Stroman in a movie.

I can’t compare Stroman and Hart without addressing an obvious elephant in the room: both are known for being short. Stroman is 5’8”, certainly not short for the average person but definitely below the 6-foot height of the average major league pitcher. And Hart is only 5’4”. In both personality and the objectively superficial measure of height, Stroman and Hart match up well.

Jacob deGrom – Hugh Jackman

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 13: Australian actor Hugh Jackman is awarded an Order of Australia by The Governor-General of Australia David Hurley at Government House on September 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Hugh Jackman was honoured for his service to the performing arts for his work as an advocate for poverty eradication. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL – APRIL 03: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets smiles towards Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets in the dugout during the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 3, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

For someone to accurately portray deGrom in a movie, they have to live up to a lot. deGrom is known for his immense success, calm demeanor, killer instinct on the mound, and utterly unproblematic reputation among his teammates and the media. Though there are a few actors who could fit this description, Jackman comes to mind as a good example of a beloved, unproblematic actor who everyone loves working with.

Though Jackman has had many varied on-screen roles in his career, he may be best known for playing Wolverine. deGrom may not have a famous superhero alter ego, but he does possess an incredibly competitive nature and intimidating stare while on the mound. In several respects, Jackman could definitely live up to the billing of portraying the Rookie of the Year and two-time Cy Young award winner.

Brandon Nimmo – Tom Holland

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HONOLULU, HI – JANUARY 09: Actor Tom Holland looks on during a practice round ahead of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 9, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates after he was walked with the bases loaded to score the game winning run in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 24, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 5-4 in 11 innings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In his breakout 2018 season, Nimmo acquired the nickname of “the happiest man in baseball.” Mets fans are very clear about why they appreciate Nimmo: he runs hard to first, smiles a lot, and enjoys a wholesome reputation (Nimmo is well-documented as a religious man who refuses to type #LFGM, sticking to the safe-for-work #LGM on social media).

In that same vein, Holland has an extremely likable, smiley personality. His Peter Parker character also has a similar people-pleasing nature to Nimmo’s persona in SNY videos. Though Holland’s British accent and Nimmo’s Wyoming drawl are distinctly different, their on-camera personalities are alike enough that Holland could certainly portray Nimmo well in a hypothetical baseball movie.

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If the Mets play their cards right in 2020 and create some real-life baseball magic, perhaps Hollywood will come calling with a cast similar to this one. Mets fans can only hope that next season is so memorable that fans will want to relive it over and over again.

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