If there's one thing i hate about baseball it's pre-conceived notions.
That's when your team has been losing for years but your starting eight is all set even before Spring Training starts. Makes no sense.
Now I'm not going to argue that we should have open tryouts for third base (David Wright), catcher (dar-no), second base (Murph), left field (Grandy) or even centerfield (Lagares).
Young Chris Young is probably our right fielder since, who are we trying to kid, we don't have anyone else there anyway. And since we have no one presently to play shortstop, it might not be a bad idea to take a look at the kid who peddles hot dogs on the first base line at Port St Lucie.
But first base, ah, there's the biggie. ""Maybe this is the year Ike puts it all together" "Let's see what Duda can do!"
Those are fair sentiments heading into ST. But here's my point: How about we start off with a blank slate? How about we hold open tryouts for first base and let the best man win?
Open tryouts. Let everyone in all of baseball, certainly in the Mets organization, know that there is a full time major league job open at first base for the New York Mets. Come one, come all. May the best man win!
Are you listening, Wilmer Flores? Are you listening, Josh Satin? Are you listening, Zack Lutz? (is he even still around?)
Now is the time to step it up. No one is the favorite here. No one is assured a job. You want to play baseball in the major leagues for the New York National League team, you've got to earn it!
What say you, all of you?