Despite finishing with a 75-87 record, the New York Mets had some outstanding players in 2023.
Francisco Lindor logged the first 30-30 season of his career, Kodai Senga is being talked as a dark-horse NL Cy Young contender, and Brandon Nimmo had a career-high 24 home runs.
Players recognize greatness when they see it: they know, perhaps more than even analysts and fans, who the outstanding performers are in several categories each season.
Two Mets stars, Lindor and Senga, are in contention for not one, but two 2023 MLBPA Players’ Choice awards according to team insider Anthony DiComo.
“The Mets have two finalists for the 2023 MLBPA Players’ Choice Awards: -Kodai Senga for the National League Outstanding Rookie award -Francisco Lindor for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. Balloting for these awards was conducted in person in clubhouses,” DiComo tweeted.
The Mets have two finalists for the 2023 MLBPA Players' Choice Awards:
-Kodai Senga for the National League Outstanding Rookie award
-Francisco Lindor for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award
Balloting for these awards was conducted in person in clubhouses.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) October 17, 2023
For reference, the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award is given to “the player in either league whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.”
It’s essentially combination of on-field production with off-the-field involvement, and Lindor excels in both.
Lindor had a .806 OPS with 31 home runs and 31 stolen bases this year while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense.
On the other hand, Senga was one of the NL’s best rookies this year.
He was actually one of the best pitchers regardless of rookie status.
In 166.1 innings, he had a 2.98 ERA and struck out 202 hitters.
Not bad for his first taste of MLB baseball!
He went 12-7 and led the Mets rotation in the second half after the organization decided to trade Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.
Both players stand a good chance of winning their respective awards.NEXT: Fans React To Surprising Francisco Lindor Report