We want the best players on the field,” said Michael Conforto, the Mets’ union representative. “Thirty teams, everyone puts their best team out there. It doesn’t matter if it’s a guy toward the end of his career who’s earned his place in the league and has a lot to offer on the field and off the field, or if it’s a young guy who’s proven he’s supposed to be up here.
“I understand the business side of things. Teams are just being efficient. That being said, that respect [for the game] still needs to be there. The best players need to be on the field.” (via Newsday)
What’s all this then? Seems the union is interested in whether or not Pete Alonso makes the team.
“Seeing what players are going through where their service time is being manipulated, on the front end and/or in the middle, is a concern,” union head Tony Clark said after meeting with the Mets. (via SF Gate)
Look Tony, I get it. But the Mets would be silly not to just play Dom “The Alarm” Smith for a few weeks, especially when he’s hitting. I’m sure Pete has to work on his defense or something or whatever Wags makes up.
I think MLB should strike. I haven’t been watching the games anyway and would enjoy the chaos.