PORT ST. LUCIE — Alexander Pope, George Santayana and Albert Einstein weren’t among those on the margin with the Mets on the day pitchers and catchers reported to open training.
Still, the famous difference of those 3 mythological minds of centuries past already are waging the fiercest positional battle at new manager Mickey Callaway’s first stay with the Mets.
Pope, of course, was the 18th century producer whose barbarous line “Hope springs eternal” always is invoked at this time of year in baseball. Perhaps it never has been some-more good than concerning a Mets group with little choice but to adhere to such confident pursuits with a revolution and bland lineup superfluous with so many players returning from poignant injuries.
Then, there are the other two impending quotes that we haven’t been means to stop meditative about over my first week here — generally while listening to Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler and a few others pronounce wishfully about their health day after day — and but even conference nonetheless from Matt Harvey or David Wright or Michael Conforto or Yoenis Cespedes or …well, you get the point.
The first quote is widely credited to Einstein, even if some historians have debated either he actually really pronounced this, but he once tangible stupidity as “doing the same thing over and over again but awaiting opposite results.”
The second, equally good in this context, is from Santayana. The famed Spanish philosopher, producer and writer once wrote “Those who can't remember the past are cursed to repeat it.” The line has been altered and updated over the indirect decades, with it mostly cited now as “Those who do not learn from story are cursed to repeat it.”
Regardless, it is entirely suitable here, too.
Which all brings us back to the Mets, who radically have returned from last year’s 70-92 disaster with the same expel of possibilities for a starting revolution in which only Jacob deGrom avoided the infirm list in 2017.
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Syndergaard appears the other safest gamble to recover his All-Star form after revamping his examination slight over the winter. Thor also has concurred last year was a humbling training experience, at slightest as distant as showing up to stay looking distant too much like his superhero change ego and then pang a ripped lat last Apr after ignoring a group ask to bear an MRI exam.
“My first bullpen was Noah the other day, so we don’t know if that was a good one to start with to be honest with you, just right back into the fire,” catcher Kevin Plawecki pronounced Monday. “But he looked really good.”
“And we held deGrom on Saturday, he looked pointy … So distant everybody is looking good from starters to relievers.”
Yet, the residue of the revolution — namely Harvey, Matz and Wheeler — facilities zero but large doubt marks.
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Also, it’s not like the in-house fallback options — Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Rafael Montero, etc. — enthuse much certainty for the fan base.
Sandy Alderson done several cost-effective additions among position players in watchful out the marketplace to sign Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier, while Adrian Gonzalez looks like a worthwhile, low-risk sidestep against unproven Dom Smith — who really has reported trimmer, as advertised — for first base.
To design the whole Harvey/Matz/Wheeler contingent to be healthy at once and sojourn so for an whole deteriorate may be the loyal clarification of insanity.
By all means, these players should be confident that they finally can sojourn on the margin and get their once-promising careers back on track. They never should consider otherwise.
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Only, that’s not Alderson’s job. His, as with any ubiquitous manager in any sport, is to wish for the best, but devise for the worst.
That’s why, for me, Einstein and Santayana really must trump Alexander Pope on this one.
Hope always must open eternal, indeed. But the Mets, as we all know, are distant some-more capable in stupidity and the repeating of history.
Neither should be abandoned with the event to equivocate both at the emergence of a new season.
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