Mike Bordick was a needed addition and absent from the postseason
When Rey Ordonez went down with a season-ending injury in 2000, the Mets needed to add a shortstop; or so they thought. In hindsight, keeping Melvin Mora might have made a lot more sense.
I’m not here to argue the merits of this deal. It wasn’t a perfect one for the team. Bordick went from hitting 16 home runs with the Baltimore Orioles to only 4 with the Mets. His other offensive numbers dropped, too. Still, it wasn’t as tremendously bad as some other moves in club history.
What nobody can argue is how utterly bad Bordick was in the postseason. At the plate, he was virtually absent.
Bordick hit .167/.412/.167 in the NLDS with 4 strikeouts. In the NLCS, he was down to .077/.294/.077. He finished his postseason with a .125/.125/.125 batting line in the World Series. Some of the shortstop duties ended up falling to Kurt Abbott. Ineffective in his own ways as well, it felt too often like there was a shortage of talent at the shortstop position. The least they could do was hit. They failed to do that often enough.
Trading for Bordick was a reactionary move the Mets front office felt they needed to make to replace an injured player. A little successful in the regular season, it was a useless trade in the postseason.