By: Brian Mangan
Perhaps you are an optimist. If you are a Mets fan, the odds are that you are optimistic by nature (the odds are that you are also a fan of the Jets, for that same reason).
If you were an optimist, it would have been totally defensible for you, in the Spring of 2014 to think that it would be within the realm of possibility for the Mets’ former-incumbent and oft-maligned shortstop Ruben Tejada to return to Flushing and turn in a decent season after two lost years. I wasn’t optimistic about the chances of that happening, but I was willing to hope.
As you recall, Tejada first appeared in the major leagues as a precocious 21 year old, filling in for the injured and soon-to-be departed Jose Reyes. The next season, however, was Tejada’s miniature star-turn: in 96 games, he batted .284 with an on-base percentage of .360. He only slugged .335, but so what? He posted positive defensive numbers and a total of 1.6 WAR in only 96 games. And remember, he was only 22 years old.