It’s no secret that the New York Mets have had a rich Latino culture embedded within the organization for the past 30 years. Notable players include Jesse Orosco, Johan Santana, Edgardo Alfonzo, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Pedro Martinez, among many others who I know are respectfully missed. This tradition of having a rich Latino culture inside the clubhouse continued into 2022 with how the current roster is constructed.
Some notable Latino players who will have a strong influence, not only in the clubhouse but also within the community, include Francisco Lindor, Robinson Cano, Eduardo Escobar, Carlos Carrasco, Starling Marte and Edwin Diaz.
All of these players listed above will in some way have a major impact on the club both on and off the pitch, but they will also be responsible along with other ball club leaders to re-establish a new culture in the clubhouse after the collapse last year. . They’re also respected in baseball among their peers, and they’ve been one of the many reasons Citi Field has recently become a popular destination.
For example, Robinson Cano’s presence on the Mets’ roster was a key reason free agent Starling Marte signed a deal with the organization this winter. We also can’t forget Javy Baez’s outspoken desire to play for the Mets last season before eventually transferring to Queens at the deadline to reunite with one of his best friends in Francisco Lindor.
Each of these players will be looking to continue the previous success of many Latino stars who donned the orange and blue before them. However, it’s fair to say that no player’s success matters more to this organization this season and beyond than star shortstop Francisco Lindor, as his record-breaking $341 million contract over 10 years begins to kick off this season.
The game of baseball continues to grow globally and many Latino players on the Mets roster are a big reason for continued growth, especially in our home market with their own influence. In an abundant Latin community like New York, it’s great to see stars on the Mets who can connect with the many Hispanic fans who fill the seats at Citi Field night after night.
With nearly a quarter of all Major League Baseball players of Latino descent, the responsibility for developing the game falls on those players. According to a 2021 study by Statista, 31% of Hispanic MLB fans considered themselves “passionate fans,” which was the highest number of any ethnic group surveyed. By comparison, 21% of all white MLB fans surveyed considered themselves “passionate fans,” which was second only to Hispanic fans.
Off the field, the Mets also have a well-known Latino Leaders program, which aims to use the appeal of the Mets and their Latino players to motivate, cultivate and empower Latino students to become exemplary leaders in their schools and communities. . Many, if not all, of the Latino players on the Mets roster will also have a heavy hand on this off-field program, which will connect many of these students to the beautiful game of baseball.
This type of program is a gradual continuation of the off-screen work that has been done to build relationships in local communities around the city. Carlos Delgado, Johan Santana, Carlos Beltran and Pedro Martinez are among former players who each had their own foundations for a wide variety of causes in which they were heavily involved.
The Mets’ longstanding Latino influence on and off the field will continue into 2022 and beyond, especially with the stars of the current roster. It may even be fair to say that this is still only the beginning of the Latino influence that the organization has experienced, as the game continues to grow around the world.
As Latino gamers continue to connect with fans more than they have in the past through social media, sponsorship deals and charities, we should expect more Latino gamers continue to make a local and global impact for this organization in the years to come.