Mets: Three lessons Brodie Van Wagenen seems to have learned
Sometimes Mets fans do know best
Spend one minute too long on Mets Twitter and you may want to break your computer. Social media is a hotbed of ridiculousness. It’s at its truest when talking sports.
Many Mets fans have been right all along—for the most part. After weeks of urging them to sign Dellin Betances, it finally happened. The Mets outbid the competition for the Brooklyn native’s services in 2020. That one move completely changes the way this bullpen could look.
Mets fans have also taken a strong stance against trading Jeff McNeil. Reportedly, he was a must in any trade package for Francisco Lindor. Fortunately, Van Wagenen is either a big fan of the Flying Squirrel or realizes two years of Lindor isn’t worth paying the price.
The only time Van Wagenen has gotten something right before everyone else was about a year ago when he traded for J.D. Davis. Who knew Just Dingers would become such a stud? Brodie knew. And hey, I’m glad he did. Mets fans got to learn a lesson from that. Sometimes a broken clock is right.
Van Wagenen has swung big plenty during his tenure. He’ll be defined by a few things. Ultimately, it’s whether or not he can get this team a championship.
Even if the team fails to make the playoffs again in 2020, I think Van Wagenen is becoming a wiser general manager. When he speaks, I can almost feel the screaming from behind his strong jaw telling us he’s handcuffed by ownership.
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The real test comes when Van Wagenen gets to go out and spend with Cohen’s money. First, he has to keep his job until then. Listening to more Mets fans could keep his job safe.