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Darryl Strawberry Has Warning For Francisco Lindor

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Former Mets star Darryl Strawberry joined SNY to discuss the looming contract of Francisco Lindor — and he offers a warning:

“He’s obviously very talented and he has a right to make as much money as he can. I just know that a lot of players come to New York and don’t realize the expectations are real, and they’re very high and deep,” he said.

“It’s a place where fans are like, ‘Show me. Show me every night.’ It’s a big difference playing in Cleveland compared to New York, especially in his situation. The media will be focused on him like they were with me going into free agency. If he doesn’t sign, I don’t know if he realizes what he’ll have to deal with, day in and day out.”

The Mets have already offered Lindor a 10-year, $325 million deal, which was declined and countered at a reported 12-years, $385 million. It’s less money per year, but the four-time All-Star clearly wants security well into his 30s.

Makes sense considering not many people, athlete or otherwise, leave money on the table.

What’s Darryl Strawberry really saying?

It’s almost like he’s offering Francisco Lindor the opportunity to be the “good guy” and to take the Mets’ initial offer. He would certainly look more team oriented if he didn’t milk the Mets for every penny, but so far, Lindor has countered at an asking price that he knows he can get.

Worth noting that some claim every year that no one will give Lindor that kind of contract — when they’re absolutely wrong. Lindor WILL demand and receive nearly every penny he asks for because he has the potential to be the face of baseball behind Tatis Jr. or Mike Trout. Hardly any other player has the smile and charisma or the talent to back it up the way the Mets’ star shortstop does.

We also should address the most important piece of what Darryl said:

“Show me. Show me every night.”

Well, Lindor batted .258 last year and that can’t happen in New York. It may have been a short season that many didn’t “count,” but a player signing for over $30 million per season can’t afford down years in New York City. If it happens, it’ll be a headache for everyone. The media eats struggling players alive, and Darryl knows it.

It’ll be interesting to see which advice Lindor takes going forward, but a good start would be that offered from Mr. Strawberry himself.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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      • I hope your optimism bears fruit. He had career lows in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage while playing for a really good Cleveland club.

        “According to Baseball Savant, he recorded a career-high 36.5 sweet spot percentage and his 41.1 hard hit percentage is nearly identical to his percentages in 2018 and 2019. But Lindor only barreled 5.6% of the balls he put in play, the lowest barrel rate of his career since 2016. It’s difficult not to connect this with his seeming inability to hit breaking balls this season. He slashed .169/.226/.322 against breaking pitches, which accounted for 28.8% of the pitches he faced in 2020. That is his worst slash line against breaking pitches since his rookie year.

        Lindor has also become more of a pull hitter the last two seasons. In 2019, he pulled 41.4% of the balls he put in play, which would be a career-high if not for his 44.2% mark in 2020. In 2018, his best season at the plate, Lindor pulled 36.8% of batted balls and went to the opposite field on 27.7%. That oppo percentage dropped to 23.4% in 2020. This seems to have made him more predictable as hitter, and opposing teams are utilizing the shift against him more than ever before.” —-
        source: https://www.coveringthecorner.com/2020/10/9/21507599/the-end-is-nigh-for-francisco-lindor-but-2020-was-no-fairytale-ending

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