If there’s one season of New York Mets baseball in the last decade you didn’t want to miss it’s the one from 2015. Now six years in the past, it may feel even more distant after the 2021 season is over.
Jacob deGrom, a rising star from the 2015 club, will be back. We know that much. However, everyone else from the 2015 roster has either already departed or is heading toward free agency this winter.
Three key members from the 2015 club might be playing out their final games for the Mets in September. Will any return for another ride?
Michael Conforto was promoted mid-year in 2015 and helped the Mets get to the postseason
We’ve been waiting a long time to see Michael Conforto help lead the Mets to the postseason again. In 2016, when the team made another trip, he had little to do with it.
Conforto suffered one of the ultimate sophomore slumps in franchise history. After such a dazzling 56 regular season games in 2015 followed up with some memorable postseason hits, Conforto sunk back to the minors in 2016.
However, Conforto did rebound with what was going to be a career year in 2017. He was an All-Star for the first and only time of his career. Ever since, he has remained a key part of the team’s core—win or lose.
Conforto came into this season as one of the guys nearly every Mets fan wanted to see signed to an extension. He may be leaving with far fewer tears. Scooter is putting together a year that nobody saw coming in the worst of ways. His power has diminished and his batting average will finish well below what anyone could have seen even in a nightmare.
Although entrenched in the hearts of many fans, Conforto may have played his way out of right field in Flushing. There’s still the possibility that the front office views him favorably enough to award him with a deal. Unfortunately for his wallet, it’s not going to be nearly as much as anyone originally thought was possible.