Mets: Andy Martino and his poorly aged September tweet
By Tim Boyle
It doesn’t take long for a tweet to age poorly. One from New York Mets writer Andy Martino has gotten much worse since being posted in September.
We all occasionally have bad takes about the New York Mets. There’s a player we either thought stunk or believed was the next great star and we were proven wrong.
SNY’s Andy Martino is far from invincible when it comes to missing on his takes. Often ripped apart for getting information wrong or having less than favorable opinions—usually speaking highly of the Wilpons—Martino is a whipping boy for many Mets fans.
One of the more recent I came across shared on social media is from September 20, 2020. The original question was to come up with the best move made by Brodie Van Wagenen aside from the J.D. Davis trade. His take, in defense of Van Wagenen, has not aged well.
From the start of the tweet, you can see where things went wrong. Of course, back in late September, nobody thought Robinson Cano could possibly be arrogant enough to take PEDs for a second time. He proved us wrong.
Martino’s tweet doesn’t get much better. He speaks favorably of Justin Wilson, Chasen Shreve, and at the end adds how Jake Marisnick is “solid.” None of the three are with the Mets any longer, which is not BVW’s fault. However, it is a representation of how the current regime doesn’t look too fondly on the three.
Wilson, Shreve, and Marisnick could all return to the Mets in 2021. Even so, none did nearly enough to save Van Wagenen his job. In fact, the Marisnick trade hasn’t worked out well at all for the Mets.
Backing up a bit, Martino compliments Van Wagenen on promoting Pete Alonso to the roster for Opening Day 2019 while throwing himself under the bus for saying he believed it wasn’t the right move. Martino gets punched enough by fans. I’m surprised he decided to give himself a left hook with this poorly-aged idea.
Finally, Van Wagenen gets bonus points for hiring Carlos Beltran and Luis Rojas. I’m not sure how the Beltran hire is viewed as good when he didn’t even manage a game. While the verdict is still out on Rojas, I wouldn’t add him in as a positive for BVW. At best, it’s a neutral move.
Fortunately, prior to Martino’s tweet, Doug Williams swooped in and declared the best non-Davis trade move by Van Wagenen. Obviously, this was the Jacob deGrom extension.
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What would Mets baseball be like without Martino offering up his opinions on the team? Social media certainly wouldn’t be as much fun and I imagine someone else would be getting dragged through the mud.