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Five Mets players who should have “silencing their haters” on the 2021 agenda

Feb 23, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) works out in front of a Mets mural during spring training at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 23, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) works out in front of a Mets mural during spring training at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 3, 2021; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) plays his position against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Can Tomas Nido give the Mets what they need behind James McCann?

The role Tomas Nido will play on the 2021 Mets isn’t as significant as the others on this list. However, as the backup catcher, he’s going to play at least once a week and be first in line to start a whole lot more if anything happens to the starter, James McCann.

Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of Nido. He hasn’t hit consistently enough for me to trust him over the long haul.

As a backup catcher though, I can more than accept what he brings to the field. Add in some growth on offense—even just a little bit—and maybe I’ll shut myself up and eat some crow for dinner.

Nido isn’t viewed as anything more than the backup catcher so expectations aren’t too high. If he can hit above the Mendoza Line (something he failed to do in 2018 and 2019) while providing the team with good defense, it’s a win for him.

Nido has a good reputation with Mets pitchers at calling games. Throw at some runners, save some wild pitches, and keep runs off the board—those are three goals for Nido to achieve in order to dump the ice-cold “Haterade” some fans want to pour on his back. You can include me in the group. I’m excited to not have to sigh when he starts anymore.

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