Three Mets who have been more fun than expected in 2020
By Tim Boyle
Tomas Nido has found his swing
Heading into the 2020 season, I thought Tomas Nido might not even make the Mets roster. Silly me! Not only has he made the roster, he’s playing more and more. This isn’t just because Wilson Ramos is playing poorly. Nido is actually hitting and continuing to call a better game behind the plate.
After 26 plate appearances, Nido has a pair of home runs and a slash line of .292/.346/.583. He drove in all of his runs in a single game and popped both of those dingers then, too. Included was a grand slam.
Nido isn’t as exciting as Guillorme. He also is far from playing as often as Cano will. Something about this underdog catcher has me intrigued.
The Mets have a big decision to make regarding their catching situation this winter. They can pick up the third-year option on Wilson Ramos or go in a different direction. Imagine if Nido can actually become a viable starting option or one half of a platoon. It would be an incredible rise from mediocrity.
As an out of options player still trying to find his footing in the big leagues, it’s impressive how far Nido has come in such a short period of time. There’s a certain respect I have for backup catchers. They don’t get the courtesy of hitting often.
So, to see Nido actually explode at the plate in this short sample size, I am impressed.
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More than anything, baseball is about being fun. These three Mets have made the game a little more tasteful in 2020—a year when fun wasn’t always easy to find.