New York Mets: A Thank You And Goodbye To James Loney
Bill Streicher, USATSI

The time has come for the New York Mets to stop playing first baseman James Loney

Dear James,

Thank you. Thank you for being a serviceable fill-in to Lucas Duda, albeit for a small stretch, this 2016 baseball season. 

While the Metsies sputtered throughout late-May, June, and July to the tune of a sub-.500 record, you were their rock at first base while they lost, then won, and then lost again. 

For a handful of weeks, you consistently made contact, consistently found holes in the defense, and consistently got on base.

Through your first 27 games, you gave the Mets a .294 batting average, 10 RBI, a few homers, and an astounding lack of speed, challenging only Rene Rivera and Travis d’Arnaud for the title as “Slowest Player in Flushing.”


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Though, don’t be down, you know what they say. What you lack in speed you gain in smarts, and, well, you’re pretty smart … I guess. How else could I explain the wizardry you performed in duping the Mets into signing a washed up mid-30s player rotting on the San Diego Padres Triple-A squad? 

It was a trick even Gandalf the White would applaud. 

Don’t forget, you are unique too, James. It’s not often a player grasps the major league landscape and its fans with sweet scoops on errant throws rather than a flashy, productive at-bat. Yet, somehow, someway, you’ve made a living off of it.

I get it. I do. At the ripe old age of 32-years old, you’re way past your prime. The days of (impressive) 12 home run seasons, barely-positive WARs, and diving stops as a sure-handed first baseman are over.

These days it appears as if you dive in slow-motion, with your gut hitting the ground seconds after the ball reaches the glove of Terry Collins’ right-fielder-on-duty. Much to my dismay, this real-time special effect isn’t an issue with the television, but an issue with the Mets starting first baseman … You.

This brings me to my main point. You’re not baseball’s Brett Favre. You’re not built to last. Whatever ability you had left — which I assure you was quite limited — has all but vanished.

In the month of August, you, an everyday player, recorded the very same amount of walks and extra-base hits as your heavyset 43-year-old pitching teammate, Bartolo Colon

Thanks for the effort but, now, it’s time to take a hike. 

Sincerely,

A Mets Fan

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9 COMMENTS

  1. If you go to “True New York Mets Fans” Facebook page you will see how negatively Met fans reacted to this article which was posted there. Almost all feel the article is inaccurate, unfair, immature, total crap………

    • You guys just don’t get it …

      Do I feel this writer is treating Loney fairly? Nah, I don’t. But if his goal was to construct one unique letter that would actually express his feeling on one certain player WHILE getting you, the fans, in an UPROAR like this … by god he succeeded.

      You won’t like everything this writer (or any writer) puts together. That’s the POINT. That’s what’s SUPPOSED to happen.

      If you liked EVERYTHING he did, he wouldn’t be a writer.

      Get a clue.

      ***Oh, and for those who were nasty BACK to him because you didn’t like what you read, your just as, if not MORE immature than the writer you just so carelessly labeled as such. …

  2. Get rid of James Lomey?? What drugs are you takin???? Conforto showed last night he still can’t hit, Verrett still can’t pitch, Reyes is hot and cold, mostly cold. De Aza should be traded, and Collins should be going, going gone good bye. Have followed the Mets since cell their first Spring Traning game 1968, through the think and thin. The Mets pitching is in shamblessence. This year is done. Keep Walker if his back gets right. Duda and Wright may be done for good. By dump Limey no damn way

    • You guys just don’t get it …

      Do I feel this writer is treating Loney fairly? Nah, I don’t. But if his goal was to construct one unique letter that would actually express his feeling on one certain player WHILE getting you, the fans, in an UPROAR like this … by god he succeeded.

      You won’t like everything this writer (or any writer) puts together. That’s the POINT. That’s what’s SUPPOSED to happen.

      If you liked EVERYTHING he did, he wouldn’t be a writer.

      Get a clue.

      ***Oh, and for those who were nasty BACK to him because you didn’t like what you read, your just as, if not MORE immature than the writer you just so carelessly labeled as such. ..

  3. Stupid article and really nasty tone. The guy has played fine this year and is an outstanding fielder. Out of shape with a gut? I don’t think so. He isnt a great hitter, but fielding wise he has done more than asked for. Like you could even hit a beach ball with a baseball bat. Dickhead.

    • You guys just don’t get it …

      Do I feel this writer is treating Loney fairly? Nah, I don’t. But if his goal was to construct one unique letter that would actually express his feeling on one certain player WHILE getting you, the fans, in an UPROAR like this … by god he succeeded.

      You won’t like everything this writer (or any writer) puts together. That’s the POINT. That’s what’s SUPPOSED to happen.

      If you liked EVERYTHING he did, he wouldn’t be a writer.

      Get a clue.

      ***Oh, and for those who were nasty BACK to him because you didn’t like what you read, your just as, if not MORE immature than the writer you just so carelessly labeled as such..

  4. You guys just don’t get it …

    Do I feel this writer is treating Loney fairly? Nah, I don’t. But if his goal was to construct one unique letter that would actually express his feeling on one certain player WHILE getting you, the fans, in an UPROAR like this … by god he succeeded.

    You won’t like everything this writer (or any writer) puts together. That’s the POINT. That’s what’s SUPPOSED to happen.

    If you liked EVERYTHING he did, he wouldn’t be a writer.

    Get a clue.

    ***Oh, and for those who were nasty BACK to him because you didn’t like what you read, your just as, if not MORE immature than the writer you just so carelessly labeled as such.

  5. Wow you sound like a ver established, credible, intelligent writer. Is this personal? You don’t have to like a player but to write such an ignorant,classless, hateful article says more about you and less about Loney. He will be more than ok, you on the other hand might be taking his breakfast order soon. #whyareyousomad #doesyourgirlfriendlikehim #ordoyouhaveacrushonhim #worstwriteraward #angermanagment #breatheitsjustbaseball #moreseriousthingstobeangryabout

  6. A loser college student with no other viable employment options. And he thinks he knows the game. We know a lot more than you do, and guess what? I would be careful how you trash players, there are a lot of fans in the Baltimore area and they could easily find you.