From 2016 to 2019, New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor was an All-Star-level player.
That was when he played in Cleveland.
In 2021, he was traded to the Mets and while he remains an excellent player, his numbers have declined a bit from what he did at his peak.
He was one of the finalists to be named as an All-Star Game starter at the shortstop position, but ended up losing against the Atlanta Braves’ Orlando Arcia.
Mets insider Anthony DiComo provided some details about the vote and his prospects of regaining All-Star status.
“Francisco Lindor will not start the All-Star Game. He lost out to Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia, and the balloting wasn’t close: 69% to 31%. Lindor remains a realistic candidate to make the team as a backup, as do Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo,” DiComo tweeted.
Francisco Lindor will not start the All-Star Game. He lost out to Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia, and the balloting wasn't close: 69% to 31%.
Lindor remains a realistic candidate to make the team as a backup, as do Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 29, 2023
Once one of the most famous players in the game, Lindor has seen that popularity dwindle a bit over the years.
It goes hand in hand with his performance: the last time his OPS was over .800 was in that 2019 season in Cleveland.
Make no mistake, Lindor remains a quality ballplayer; he is just not as good as he used to be.
He is hitting .221/.303/.442 with 16 home runs and nine steals.
The totals are nice, but the Mets need to see his rate stats improve to strengthen their chances of contending.
Right now, those chances aren’t looking good as the team is 36-45 and in fourth place of the NL East.
Lindor is capable of much, much more.
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