Times On Base – Single Season: Brandon Nimmo (currently 55, record is 309)
Brandon Nimmo is one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball, and it is very much a reason the Mets should give him a new contract as he becomes a free agent after this season. Nimmo’s ability to get on base consistently and impact the team should always be noticed, which adds to his value as a player.
He is off to a strong start this season, with a personal best .414 on-base percentage, and has been on base 55 times (34 hits, 20 walks, and a hit-by-pitch).
The Mets have finally seen Nimmo’s ability to be an average hitter the last couple of seasons, batting .292 in 2021 and .304 this season with 31 games. Hitting for average was a trait of the current record holder, John Olerud, who was on base 309 times in 1999, and that is the second to last piece Nimmo needs to challenge that record.
The last is his health, which has been an issue the last few years. He only played 69 games in 2019, and only 92 in 2021. He missed Opening Day due to a neck issue, and three more games this season due to a positive COVID-19.
Nimmo has the talent to surpass Olerud’s mark, in terms of plate discipline and contact hitting, which was why Olerud was quite valuable as a Met.
That mark won’t be easy because of the different eras that Nimmo and Olerud have played in. Olerud played during the steroid era, where everyone got more plate appearances, while Nimmo’s era is one where the three true outcomes of baseball reign supreme. But if anyone can beat Olerud’s mark, it’s Brandon Nimmo.