The Washington Nationals have some players on the COVID-19 list. Five players might miss a game due to a positive test or quarantining. We’re all in the dark, but one thing is for sure. Francisco Lindor’s deal is intact, but his first at-bat won’t be until Saturday at the earliest.
Lindor signed a $341 million dollar deal over ten years with $50 million being deferred, insert Bobby Bonilla joke. That’s what I had in mind when I answered the Mets owner, Steven Cohen when he asked what fans would pay the All-Star shortstop, I replied with this tweet:
— sportsology (@sportsology) April 1, 2021
If the Mets need any more help with Michael Conforto or Noah Syndergaard’s contracts, you know where to find me.
The assumption is Max Scherzer, and Jacob deGrom will still lock horns on Saturday. This would have been one of the best, if not the best matchups on an “old style” Opening Day where every team was playing. Imagine that? Now we wait. The more we work on getting rid of COVID-19, the more it reminds us it can put a damper on any sport at any time and baseball gets victimized right out of the gate. What’s the best job in baseball right now? Contact tracer.
Lindor wants to be a leader on the team. Just because somebody gets paid, that doesn’t mean they get automatic leadership abilities attached to that. Fans will certainly connect with the franchise shortstop because he plays the game the right way, he hustles, he smiles, there is a ton of joy in his game. Equally joyful Mets first baseman, Pete Alonso wanted to pay his newest teammate $400 million, but his owner ignored that.
The Mets will now have a much better double-play combination. Even with Robinson Cano sitting at home, and let’s face it, his range was dwindling, Jeff McNeil, just became a better fielder when he walked into spring training.
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Lindor can hit from a lot of different spots in the lineup. I feel like he will hit more doubles and fewer home runs since Citi Field is challenging the long ball hitters. Being a lefty helps since it’s 330 down the right-field line, but this stadium doesn’t have the jet stream that Yankee Stadium has. Progressive Field is 325 down the line in right.
Back in the day, Kevin Elster was looked at as the shortstop of the future when the Mets had Rafael Santana. He once hit ten home runs for the Mets. Lindor will hit in the 20s; 30 would be fantastic. Lindor’s swing is near perfect, and his bat speed gets the job done. He has a great eye, which helps. He doesn’t walk a lot, but he doesn’t strike out as much as other hitters so the Mets will have more balls in play and that’s good for run production.
2021 Opening Day was going to be Amazin’, and then it wasn’t. Lindor signed less than an hour before the “deadline he imposed” and that excitement will now have to last a few more days. That’s life.