Mets: Who will step up and become the next Captain America?
By Michael Calascione
The little kid in a man’s body. Nimmo is the ultimate teammate and team-first guy. Those are characteristics of a good leader and Nimmo’s personality is infectious.
Nimmo is the team’s leadoff hitter and is always on base. He has had some health issues lately but when he is on the field, he has the numbers to back him up. Nimmo would be and is a great leader in that clubhouse.
Players look up to him and hang on every word he says, and like Conforto, he is a lead by example player.
His energy brings life to the clubhouse and can captivate any player he encounters. A good captain has to have a good personality and Nimmo certainly has a good personality.
The ultimate team player. Dom Smith has taken a back-up role for the greater good. When Pete Alonso locked up the starting job and it was becoming apparent that he was not going to relinquish it Dom could have pouted and asked to be traded. Instead, he becomes Alonso’s biggest fan, and the two supported each other in their successes.
A good captain knows the team comes first even if that means you take a lesser role so the team can ride the hot hand.
In the games Dom played in last season he hit quite well slashing .282/.355/.525/.881 with 11 home runs including a walk-off in his first at-bat back from injury on the last day of the season.
He has shown the ability to perform well at the big-league level and he is a team-first guy. He has the charisma and energy as well and all of that would make him a good captain for this team.
You may be asking, who?
Jake Mangum was drafted by the Mets in the 4th round of the 2019 MLB draft.
So why with all of the other possible choices could he be a candidate for captain, especially when he has not even made it to the big leagues?
Well like Dom Smith he is a team-first guy and has a very high character factor. He was the team captain for Mississippi State when he was in college and his teammates rave about his personality and the way he carries himself.
When the Mets were drafted Mangum, he told the team that he only wants the draft minimum of $20,000 so the team can use the savings to sign Matthew Allan.
If that is not the epitome of being a team-first guy, then I don’t know what is.
I am not saying the Mets should not name a captain in anticipation of Mangum being promoted in the next few years but if all of the other guys mentioned either move on from the team or just don’t become what they are expected to come, the Mets may have a captain candidate waiting in the wings.
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