All spring we kept hearing from the Mets how important it was for Lastings Milledge to get regular at-bats. That meant the minor leagues, and even he said so.
Milledge made the roster as a role player.
Willie Randolph stressed how hard Milledge worked in the offseason and during spring training, and there’s no question this was a reward for that work.
“I’ll try to find him some at-bats,” Randolph said. “He’s on the team to play.”
Milledge acknowledged he’s a role player and he needs to keep working. The answer keeps in line with the attitude he’s shown all spring.
I didn’t think they’d go this route, but there’s nothing wrong with rewarding Milledge’s effort. The Mets wanted him to work hard and show something and he did. He should be rewarded.