Friday, December 2, 2011

Keeping "The Core"

Where has 2006 gone?  That team with David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, and Carlos Delgado.  The Carloses are gone and who knows what's going to happen with Jose.  But David Wright will be a Met next year and Sandy Alderson has no plans to change that.  So to all those people that wanted to blow up the "core" months or even years ago, this offseason is for you.

In 2012 the Mets will have a new core.  David Wright will be there to lead the team.  He's still the face of the franchise.  But instead of the Carloses there is Ike Davis and Angel Pagan.  Mets fans will see the next generation of the team.  The success may not come as quickly as it did in 2006 but hopefully this time it will last longer.  Maybe by having a homegrown core the Mets will have more years of success.  In an ideal world the core would feel loyal to the Mets and do what they could to stay with the team.

But having a homegrown core means more than just wins on the field.  It means throughout the organization the Mets did their job.  The front office drafted good players.  The coaches from the lowest levels of the minor leagues to the more demanding stages of AA and AAA prepared the players.  And the major league personnel knew how to bring out the best in the players.

So even if Jose Reyes isn't back next year, if David Wright is the last piece of the last playoff team, the Mets could still be okay.  And the way fans see the team as okay on the field means they are also okay off the field.  And that makes for quite the future.

Let's Go Mets!

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