“My dream is to retire with the Mets colors. That’s my dream. That’s what I’m praying for, maybe it will happen, maybe not, but dreams sometimes come true, you know.”
-Edgardo Alfonzo, 13
Dreams. We all have them. They are what keeps us going when we feel like giving up.
I have dreams too. I had a dream back in 2000, a Mets World Championship. I thought it would have come to us. We had the best infield in the majors with Todd Zeile (I like John Olerud), Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordoñez, and Robin Ventura.
It was a year we had gritty players. No player had more heart than Benny Agbayani. Our players could hit. I dreamt we would take it all that year. Unfortunately, we had Armando Benitez while the Yankees had Mariano Rivera.
Yeah. I had a dream. There is one player from that 2000 team that still shares in my dream.
Edgardo Alfonzo would love nothing more than to come back and play for the New York Mets so that he can retire in peace. He dreams, he hopes, he wishes for this to be a reality.
No other player has shown so much loyalty to one team. How important is this to one of the most beloved Mets players of all time?
The Fonz, after winning a championship with the Yomiuri Giants and playing 55 games with the Mexican League in 2008 and the Long Island Ducks from 2007-2008, he is heading to his home in Venezuela to play winter ball.
Loyalties aside, do you sign him? Do you take Alex Cora over Fonzie?
He just turned 36. Fonzie has had a history of back problems which is why not many teams are running to sign him.
What is this really about for Fonzie? Is this about the 2000 World Series and how badly it ended? Could it be unfinished business for him?
Only Fonzie can answer that. I am all for loyalty. I love it. Yet as a GM I have to think about what is best for the team.
Obviously he would not be playing everyday. He would be a bench player. Can he come off the bench and contribute?
Twice during his season with the Yomiuri Giants, May 1st and August 1st, Alfonzo was sent down to their minor leagues. They call it “dropped for readjustment“. There were no specific reasons given, but it is for the same reasons we would send a player down. It could be to work on his hitting or to get him playing time, etc.
What was his hitting like? 146/.293/.217 in 41 at-bats
From what I can see, at this point, he only provides loyalty and great leadership in the clubhouse. I’ve always believed in that, but you have to give me more than that. Leadership and loyalty does not equal hitting, fielding, and, above all else, a championship.
I will give this to the Fonz. He has become a bit more versatile. He has played 1B, 2B, 3B and he was a DH.
Let him play in winter ball to prove that he can better than he was with the Giants. I would probably give him a Spring Training invite. If he did not prove anything, he can go to the minors and work on what needs it. If an opportunity presents itself, I would bring him up providing he proved he can handle it.
I’m just tired of the Mets signing old players. With his history of back problems, I would be really hesitant. I understand he is a fan favorite. Do you jeopardize your chance at a championship for that?
Do you sign him?
“I have a lot of hope for my future, I want to show people I can play in winter ball. I love the Mets and I love the Mets fans. I would like that dream to come true.”
-Edgardo Alfonzo, 13
Sources: USA Today, New York Post, Japanese Baseball