Hockey fans know a Gordie Howe hat trick occurs when a player scores a goal, picks up an assist, and gets involved in a fight. For New York Mets fans, the same can be done with outfielder Brandon Nimmo.
Nimmo is a fun player to watch. He does some things incredibly well. In each game, there seems to be a few outcomes that almost feel guaranteed to occur. Those moments are what I think belongs as part of a Brandon Nimmo hat trick.
What would a hat trick honoring Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo include?
A Brandon Nimmo hat trick must include a walk
Who has a better eye in baseball than Nimmo? There are a handful of guys we can expect to draw more walks than him. However, nobody on the Mets seems capable of working a count quite like him.
A leadoff walk-off is ideal for a Brandon Nimmo hat trick. It gets things started, puts the opposing pitcher on edge, and sets up for an early run.
A Brandon Nimmo hat trick needs a hit of some kind
Nimmo probably won’t challenge for a batting title—even if his hot start in 2021 suggests he could. Nimmo is more of an OBP guy than a high-average one, proven by several years in the big leagues.
Still, the happiest man in baseball isn’t useless with a bat in his hand. A single, a double, a triple, or a home run all help a player get one step closer to completing a Brandon Nimmo hat trick.
A Brandon Nimmo hat trick is completed with a hit by pitch
You can’t call it a Brandon Nimmo hat trick without including at least one hit by pitch. The 2018 league leader with 22 HBPs, Nimmo is still a guy I would expect to lean into one a little more regularly than some other players in baseball.
Nimmo’s most amazing talent is his ability to get on base by any means necessary. Sometimes, it ends with a bruise.
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Honorable mentions for completing a Brandon Nimmo hat trick include playing better than advertised defense and angering the opposing team’s fan base by smiling after running down to first base following a walk.