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What’s On Second?
Posted By Howard Megdal On April 6, 2011 @ 11:00 am In Player moves | Comments Disabled
A fascinating dynamic I see playing out among many Mets fans and observers is the idea that Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy are little more than stand-ins for the inevitable moment when Reese Havens becomes the second baseman for the New York Mets. Emaus and Murphy are the cardboard cutout of Alec Baldwin in that incessant Capital One ad: Havens is actual Alec Baldwin.
The problem with this idea is a simple one: Havens’ health . The assumption seems to be that as soon as Havens is healthy, the job is his. And that may well be true. But let’s even assume that Havens, who has played 18 games above single-A, is a major league hitter right now. How does that leave the three players in the second base derby, in terms of what they need to claim the second base job long-term?
So why is it that Havens is the assumed one to put it all together? He’s worth hoping for, given his tremendous potential, but he strikes me as the worst bet among the three to add the missing ingredient to become a regular second baseman for the Mets.
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