What the Mets mean when they say they want to build sustainably

The Mets have made no secret of their desire to build a “sustainable winner.” If you’ve been paying attention to sports around the New York area over the last few years, then you’ve probably heard other teams cite the same term as well.

The Rangers hope their top prospect pool will produce more All-Stars en route to winning their first Stanley Cup championship since 1994. The Devils may finally be nearing the end of their long rebuild with a team built around two young centers in Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier.

The Yankees built a team that reached the ALCS in 2017 around the “Baby Bombers.”

Player development is the foundation of sustainability, so throughout the offseason, we’ll be looking at how a modern farm system is built and the changes the Mets have made at the development level in recent years.

It’s tough to quantify exactly what makes a good farm system and how to build one since different teams implement different systems, processes and philosophies, but the successful teams are often emulated so it’s worth exploring.

Let’s start by taking a look at what it means to win sustainably.

The idea is that the team contends for championships for a significant period of time without a break in action. Instead of having to go out and replace talent in free agency every year, as the Mets are doing right now, the farm system is able to regularly produce enough to be able to have players step into key roles without the team missing a beat in the standings.

It sounds simple in practice but it’s far more complex in execution.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have come the closest to achieving this with the Yankees right behind them. The Dodgers’ mark of seven-straight postseason appearances from 2013-2019 is third only to the Atlanta Braves’ …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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