5. Daniel Vogelbach has elevated this Mets offense to new heights, and now has a cult following.
Since coming over from the Pirates in a trade, Vogelbach has become a folk hero in the eyes of many Mets fans. His personality has won over those fans, while his bat has won over the rest of the fan base. The Mets desperately needed some production from the designated hitter position after the All-Star break, and he has delivered the goods in a big way.
The Mets’ recent hot streak coincided with Vogelbach’s Mets debut on July 24. As a Met, Vogelbach has batted .333 with 2 homers, 10 RBI’s, and a 1.020 OPS in 56 plate appearances. However, he is not getting the most attention because he’s been probably the fourth best hitter on his own team since the trade! Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso, and Jeff McNeil all have higher batting averages in the team’s hot stretch.
Vogelbach also connects well with everybody in the clubhouse. And as a result, he has been one of the most popular players within that clubhouse.
As for his personality, it has been through the roof. You now see signs at Citi Field in support of Vogelbach, his hustle around the bases is noteworthy. But recently, as part of the team’s Women’s Day celebration, he chose “Milkshake” by Kelis as his walk-up song, and there is a campaign to have him keep that song for the rest of the season.