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How the Mets can become the Gold Standard of Major League Baseball

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 12: J.D. Davis #28 and Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrate an 11-6 win against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on August 12, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 12: J.D. Davis #28 and Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrate an 11-6 win against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on August 12, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: The New York Mets celebrate a win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field on September 11, 2020 in Buffalo, United States. Mets beat the Blue Jays 18 to 1. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

To beat the best, you have to be the best. The New York Mets have a chance to set the standard of what an elite franchise looks like.

Expectations are high under Steve Cohen. Even before he raised them even further during his introductory press conference, New York Mets fans were expecting at least a few parades in the coming years.

The Mets are doing more than raising the bar. They are changing the perception of their franchise and setting a new Gold Standard in Major League Baseball.

The culture change around the Mets is real. To become the new top dog in the sport, there are a few short and long-term goals they need to meet.

Aim to win every year

Remember life before tanking in sports? It seems like it has been going on for a lifetime. In actuality, it’s a very 2010s thing.

Major League Baseball has not been spared from it. While teams don’t tank the same way as they might in other sports, the rebuilding process is as much about tearing it all down as it is building it all back up again. Because of this, not every team aims to win each year.

The Mets should be different. Cohen seems eager to win. Even if the results aren’t there, it won’t be for lack of trying.

To become the Gold Standard in anything, it’s important the effort is there. In sports, it means putting the best team possible on the field every year. We haven’t seen the Mets do that too much in the last decade. When things went well, the front office failed to go that extra mile.

It’s impossible to win a championship every year. What’s not so impossible is to try your best. For the Mets, this means honestly reassessing the roster every offseason. Add the right players. Don’t be afraid to spend money. And most important of all, put the team first.

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