You don’t want to thank BVW for Javier Baez but he might not be here without him
What’s BVW got to do with Javier Baez? You already know where I’m going with this. I can feel it.
Let’s go back to what brought Baez to the Mets. The July 30 trade that also landed them Trevor Williams cost the Mets Pete Crow-Armstrong. PCA was the second first-round draft pick by BVW and I don’t think it’s because we can abbreviate both names with three letters.
In typical Steve Cohen era fashion, another one of Van Wagenen’s additions was erased. It’s quite amazing how quickly the club moved on from so many players he brought in. Can we blame them, though? Many deserved to go.
Crow-Armstrong is a little different. An injury this year prevented him from putting together his first professional season. He remains a huge mystery. We’ll have to watch how he performs in the Chicago Cubs system.
Baez, on the other hand, has continued to bash baseballs in Flushing. All it took was trading a single draft pick by Van Wagenen to get him. In the Brodie Van Wagenen version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” there definitely needs to be a scene where Mets fans are never given the thumbs down from Baez because Baez never comes to New York.
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Van Wagenen may not have left the lasting impact on the franchise he had hoped for. However, either directly or indirectly, he did leave a mark on the 2021 season—not all negative either.