Mets players believe Francisco Lindor deserved to be an All-Star

SAN DIEGO — Brandon Nimmo wants to send the message loud and clear: The players made a mistake in choosing Geraldo Perdomo over Francisco Lindor as the shortstop option for the National League All-Star team.

The Mets outfielder is so passionate about the matter that he called over a Post reporter who was leaving the Visitors’ Clubhouse at Petco Park after Friday night’s game and stated his case while teammates cheered in the background.

Perdomo, the Diamondbacks shortstop, is replacing Dansby Swanson of the Cubs, who was removed from NL rosters due to injury.

Perdomo entered Saturday with a .274/.381/.416 slash line, five homers and 33 RBI.

Lindor hit .239/.322/.483 with 19 homers and 60 RBI. Nimmo took responsibility for the hitter-friendly conditions at Chase Field, Perdomo’s home ballpark, compared to Citi Field.

Francisco Lindor’s Mets teammates, such as Brandon Nimmo and Daniel Vogelbach, believe the veteran shortstop should have been named an All-Star.
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Nimmo told The Post, “Francisco has all these extra-base hits in a park that is not a hitter’s ballpark and you could argue that Arizona is almost as bad as Colorado.” “They always talk about the Hall of Fame and all these things and I hear all the bullshit with Todd Helton and his numbers being blown up because he’s at Coors Field, well, you know about Arizona Can also say the same thing. [Lindor] Should be in the All-Star Game – 100 percent.”

Daniel Vogelbach was shouting loudest in the clubhouse – as is often the case – questioning why Lindor was not selected for the All-Star Game.

Pete Alonso and Kodai Senga will represent the Mets.

Japanese rookie Senga was added to NL rosters on Saturday.

,[Lindor] He’s a leader and look at his numbers,” Vogelbach said. “He posts every day, he plays every day. The All-Star Game is about one of the best players in the big leagues and Francisco Lindor is one of the best players in the big leagues.

Brandon Nimmo says Francisco Lindor has put up strong statistics despite the fact that Citi Field is not a hitter's ballpark.
Brandon Nimmo says Francisco Lindor has put up strong statistics despite the fact that Citi Field is not a hitter’s ballpark.
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Orlando Arcia of the Braves won the fans’ vote to be the NL starter at shortstop. Lindor finished second in the fans’ voting, but was overlooked as the backup when the players voted in Swanson.

Lindor’s case was not helped by the fact that he was in a steep decline from May through June, until a surge in the last three weeks boosted his candidacy.

Entering Saturday, he was third in MLB with a 1.217 OPS through June 18.

Daniel Vogelbach says Francisco Lindor is one of baseball's top players and deserves to be an All-Star.
Daniel Vogelbach says Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s top players and deserves to be an All-Star.
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It is possible that Lindor’s hot streak so late in the process did not receive the attention it expected from the players’ poll.

Jeff McNeil said, “It just shows how fast you can turn your season around.” “I know the first month hasn’t been good for him, but he is swinging the bat well. What he’s doing is impressive and I know he’s going to keep it up and hopefully get us into the playoffs.

When asked if he was on the All-Star team, Lindor dodged the question.

Lindor said, “On this team, Nimmo deserves it.” “Let’s get her there first and then worry about me.”

Lindor said that as much as he’s getting attention for his offensive numbers, he enjoys other aspects of the game as well.

“I like my defense,” he said. “Offense is fun, but defense and base running…we all look at offense, because offense is what you’re not most successful at and for some reason seems to be the most rewarding, but to me defense and base running, i love it.

Beyond the numbers, Nimmo said the fact that the Mets have won just three games against the Diamondbacks — with Lindor playing a key role in the victory — should have strengthened his case over Perdomo.

“Based on where we are in the season and what we just did in Arizona, that selection should have been [Lindor],” Nimmo said. “I’ll stand behind him.”

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