Mets beat writer proves he doesn’t have the pulse of the fans right now

Apr 27, 2023; New York City, New York, USA;  New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) celebrates
Apr 27, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) celebrates / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

He must be trolling. There is no way New York Mets beat writer Andy Martino is this lost with the fans. He doesn’t have to agree with it. He must have some understanding of what Mets fans mean when they post #PlayTheKids on social media. Apparently not.

Spend any amount of time on Twitter reading about the Mets and you’re bound to see a jab thrown toward Martino. A core member of the SNY Crew, was this a lapse in judgment or is Martino really that out of touch with the excitement fans are experiencing with the youth movement?

Why #PlayTheKids is a reasonable hashtag for NY Mets fans to tweet

Martino doubled-down on his misunderstanding of the hashtag by adding this:

Again, missing the point, Mets fans are tired of the struggling veterans. With the young prospects raking on the farm year-after-year and the organization hesitant to promote them, what the fans want are the best players possible on the field. Playing the kids gives them precisely this.

Rebuilding is vastly different from playing the kids. Did the Atlanta Braves rebuild when Michael Harris and Spencer Strider joined the roster? Jeremy Pena taking over at shortstop for Carlos Correa didn’t signify a step backwards for the Houston Astros. Rookies and youngsters are a part of every roster. There comes a point where those less experienced players need as much action as possible. By the looks of it, we may have arrived there.

It’s reasonable for Mets fans to want to see some sort of a change. The season hasn’t started off beautifully. The only reasonable solution is to call upon the prospects for some help.

Starting Tomas Nido, Eduardo Escobar, and Tommy Pham hasn’t worked. It’s worth seeing how well the Mets can do with Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, and Mark Vientos on the roster playing more regularly.

Martino has had his misses when it comes to reading the minds of Mets fans. This is one of the more puzzling. The Mets aren’t in a unique position. Someone as in-tune with the team and the game should know better than to swing and miss this wildly at the unified desire for change.