The Next Great Evil Empire in Major League Baseball

Say goodnight to the bad guys. Well, New York Mets fans can only hope so.

When I think of the Mets, I don’t envision an evil empire. Their top teams have always been friendly even though their off-field escapades weren’t always legal. The franchise has employed stylish human beings over the years. He continues to this day with many honest citizens on the current roster.

But in the world of sports, even if you are a good person, you can still become a bad guy. Lots of sports villains hug the puppies and help the old ladies through the streets. In baseball, you can become the bad guy by winning and being a little pushy about it.

Mets have the first ingredients needed for an Evil Empire recipe

The Mets have the richest owner in baseball. They have the great New York market. All they need are the players and a winning record.

Sprinkle in a few bat beats, trash talkers and a brawl here and there – we have a bunch of outlaws in the Big Apple ourselves.

There are obvious candidates to lead the newly-marked heel Mets on the pitch. Javier Baez has fought fans before but he doesn’t have too many fans in other cities either. During his years with the Chicago Cubs, Baez became a Central National League villain. Mets fans got to see and hear him up close on the road trip in late September to play the Milwaukee Brewers. Although Baez is no longer with a rival club, Brewers fans have not forgotten him.

The Cincinnati Reds have also had their run-ins with Baez. I’m sure there are times when players or fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates or the St. Louis Cardinals wanted to see him knocked down as well.

Baez could still leave the Mets this winter, but that’s not the end of a possible rise to the dark side for the Metropolitans. His good friend Francisco Lindor has the makings of annoying many opposing fan bases. Look at that smile. Imagine having to see this every time the Mets beat you.

Being a bad guy in baseball isn’t all about flexing or being deliberately antagonistic. Something as simple as Brandon Nimmo’s choice to run to first base after every step can hurt opposing fan bases. It’s very “Pete Rose” of him. Rose, as you may remember, is an all-time great baseball villain, even outside of his gambling ban.

Let’s not forget Pete Alonso either. Loud and noisy, all evil factions in baseball need a slugger who talks as loud as he hits bombs.

There is a thin line the Mets could walk in this unintentional process. These qualities mean nothing if the team doesn’t win. What good is it having a player in a Twitter feud if their team can’t win often? Soon you find yourself being the villains of your own fans. You are a lot more like the teams of the early 90s and early 2000s than the organization that others are jealous of.

Nothing is worse than being a bad guy in sports and having a losing record. On the contrary, nothing better than to be the envy of the rest of the league.

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