When it comes to winning with the New York Mets, Darryl Strawberry certainly knows what he’s talking about. He was a crucial piece when the franchise last won the World Series, back in 1986, and is the all-time leader in home runs in the organization. He knows a thing or two about baseball.
In fact, Strawberry won it all three times, and with both New York teams. Now, as a Mets’ highly respected figure, he is excited about what new owner Steve Cohen is doing since he took over the organization.
Together with team president Sandy Alderson and general manager Jared Porter, the New York Mets have turned into serious contenders by bringing reliever Trevor May, catcher James McCann, shortstop Francisco Lindor, and pitcher Carlos Carrasco, not to mention several high-upside relievers.
On a Wednesday appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, the former Mets’ outfielder discussed several topics. One of them was the new era that the club is about to begin with Cohen at the helm.
It’s about time for the Mets
â€œ(Itâ€™s) about time. Itâ€™s a new time for them. New ownership, new organization. This guy loves the Mets. He loves the history of the Mets. Spend some money, be like the Yankees, develop your farm system and bring your younger players up so they can develop themselves and play at the major-league level and youâ€™ll become a winner.â€
Despite all the additions to the roster, the Mets are reportedly not done improving the team. They are said to be after center fielder George Springer, and while Trevor Bauer’s potential arrival is not absolutely necessary after the addition of Carrasco, you never know with these Mets.
Strawberry likes what Bauer could bring to the Mets. Back in December, he had some advice for the outspoken pitcher in a conversation with SNY:
â€œThatâ€™s what you have to have â€“ you have to have personality,â€ Strawberry said. â€œBut you have to be able to back it up at the same time. You could have the swag about you, but you have to play when you get here. Hopefully, any guys who do decide to come to New York â€“ just bring it all with you. Bring it to the ballpark. Thatâ€™s what fans love.â€