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Mets droughts shortstop Francisco Lindor could help end in 2021

Feb 25, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) walks to the batting cage during spring training workouts at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) walks to the batting cage during spring training workouts at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Feb 23, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) participates in batting practice during spring training at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets finally have an MVP!

I’m not predicting Lindor wins the National League MVP in 2021. Would I be shocked if he did? Not one bit.

The Mets are one of three teams to never have an MVP winner. The other two came into existence in 1998. So, it’s a scar on the franchise I think many fans would like to erase with some Neosporin.

Lindor has been a top ten MVP finisher three times in his career. His highest was fifth in 2017.

Before any season begins, we can only speculate as to what the competition will look like. On his own team, I think Lindor could have a few guys competing with him for this award. On the other National League teams, we should expect many of the usual suspects plus a few players we never saw coming.

Mets players from the past have been close to winning the award. Darryl Strawberry’s 1988 season felt like the closest. Unfortunately, Kevin McReynolds also received votes and may have actually prevented Strawberry from finally putting an end to this franchise drought.

The Mets have had plenty of other players compete for the honor and fall short. David Wright was almost always in the conversation during his best years. Lindor is a good comparison to Wright, too. There’s little Wright was unable to do. The same goes for Lindor.

The key for Lindor to end this Mets drought might be to get his team to the playoffs. Missing the postseason tends to hurt some players when it comes to the vote. What good is a spectacular season on a below .500 team? Only Mike Trout can overcome this time after time—although he has also been shunned some seasons.

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There is no question Lindor brings a lot of talent to his new organization. My guess is he ends up helping them end at least one of these droughts in 2021.

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