2) False: Francisco Lindor isn’t a leader
Maybe the most annoying talking point about the Mets is on leadership. For some reason, it’s always coming up. The desire for a captain is frivolous. It’s unnecessary especially when the team has enough leaders in the locker room.
More often a target than anyone else of not having the leadership skills needed is Francisco Lindor. Based on what exactly? How he handled things in 2021?
Lindor got off to a bad start with the Mets every way possible in year one. He wasn’t a good player. He wasn’t well-liked by fans because he got in a fight with Jeff McNeil and was one of the masterminds behind giving the fans a thumbs down. He was immature and a poor leader for them that season. He has grown up a lot since.
We continually see Lindor do more than the bare minimum. His early work at spring training with the young players isn’t just for the cameras. His incentive to win and make his teammates better is what he’s doing this for.
Lindor’s leadership has grown each season with the Mets. Necessary as the shortstop, staying focused and checking in with pitchers as he sees fit is a common occurrence. Zero leaks about Lindor being a bad locker room presence have come out since year one with the Mets. Those things don’t stay behind closed doors forever.