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NY Mets Outfielder Battle Royale: Jay Bruce versus Jeromy Burnitz

28 Feb 2002 : Jeromy Burnitz of the New York Mets during the Spring Training game against the St.Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals won 5-2. DIGTAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Eliot Schechter/Getty Images
28 Feb 2002 : Jeromy Burnitz of the New York Mets during the Spring Training game against the St.Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals won 5-2. DIGTAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Eliot Schechter/Getty Images
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 29: Jay Bruce #19 of the New York Mets strikes out in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 29, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Marlins 1-0 in 13 innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Who wins this Mets battle royale?

This is a very tight race. I look at other numbers and see, yet again, how close things are. Bruce had a 103 OPS+ and Burnitz was at 102. Bruce’s OPS was .754 which fell shy of Burnitz’s .761. Both totals are so close. I can’t pick a winner!

There is no single number I can look at and break any tie. Is there a place I can find their charitable donations?

Maybe we give Burnitz an edge because he played some center field for the Mets. There’s value there. I wouldn’t trust Bruce moving into right-center let alone actually play center field.

What about giving Bruce the nod because he actually played in a playoff game? That’s the ultimate goal of every athlete—to win it all. Bruce did come closer. Burnitz was on some very bad Mets teams. Maybe he can pick up some bonus points for reminding me of Woody Harrelson?

I’ll call this one a draw between this pair of Texas high school kids (another similarity) that would one day go on to play for the Amazins. I think it’s fair. In fact, on each player’s Baseball-Reference page where they list similar batters, with a score of 954.3, these two are a match better than anyone in the history of the game.

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Since this is Bruce and Burnitz we’re talking about, let’s call it a double-disqualification. Each was more of a disappointment than anything else.

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