Mets will once again have a perennial all-star catcher
2021 will be the first of multiple seasons that James McCann will represent the New York Mets at the all-star game. They have not had a Mets catcher representing the team since LoDuca in 2006. Before that, Mike Piazza was there every single year that he wasn’t injured.
McCann will restore that honor to the team this coming season and probably a few more times after that. With his only real competition coming in Realmuto, who could very well be in the American League, the spot is open for the taking.
Catchers are a dime a dozen in the big leagues these days which is why the market is so high on Realmuto. Catcher might be the easiest spot to earn that all-star nod.
If you factor in aging and declining Buster Posey and a nearly 40-year-old Yadier Molina, this prediction seems like a lock.
Even if he isn’t a starter, he would definitely be a backup.
Ironically, if he is a backup, it would be to his predecessor, d’Arnaud, who looks like a completely different ballplayer these days.
It was tough not to see an all-star game in 2020, but with things looking a bit more normal coming into the 2021 season, it’ll be a welcome distraction.
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At the end of the day, if any one of these three predictions come true for the Mets, 2021 is going to be a great season for the Amazins.