It’s still Hispanic Heritage Month, and the New York Mets know it.
On a recent Twitter post, the Mets focused on their players with Dominican roots.
“Let’s celebrate our players with Dominican roots! #HispanicHeritageMonth,” the Mets official Twitter account wrote, with a cool picture of reliever Joely Rodriguez, outfielder Starling Marte, and infielder Mark Vientos.
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 23, 2022
Of the trio, Marte is by far the most influential.
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Signed to a multi-year contract over the offseason, Marte has gone on to slash a strong .292/.347/.468 with 16 home runs and 18 stolen bases, adding some impressive defense to his repertoire.
Rodriguez has been a steady member of the bullpen.
While his 4.63 ERA is not particularly great, his 3.32 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) indicates that defense has let him down and he has pitched more than adequately.
Last, but not least, Vientos is a recently-promoted infielder with an American passport, but Dominican roots.
His father was born in the Dominican Republic, but relocated to New York, where he became a Mets fan.
He had young Mark in the Big Apple, and he grew up as a Mets fan because of his father.
He is yet to take off in the big leagues, but has only 20 plate appearances of experience at the highest level.
The three players are expected to be a big part of the Mets’ present and future, and the team is celebrating their contributions and roots on social media.