It’s no secret that Ike Davis and first base was the biggest distraction the Mets had the past three years. The excuse for Davis low production? Injury, a bad swing, but most of all Valley Fever.
When the New York Post reported that Davis was still feeling the effects of the “nightmare” fever, we instantly deduced that Davis was playing through 2014 with Valley Fever. As a reminder, Davis got traded before May began, so it didn’t affect the Mets as much as the Pirates, but is Davis’ secrecy an issue that should be looked at further? Should Davis be held accountable for not telling the press of his continuous illness, so that we could have not played him, and given Duda the ball on Opening Day?
Once 2013 ended, Davis revealed that he still had lingering effects of Valley Fever, and we were all pretty shocked. Come Spring Training 2014, Davis deemed the Fever was gone. And while he wasn’t given a fair shot by the Mets, he was given regular play with the Pirates, and Pedro Alvarez kicked him out of town.
A reader sent me an email, recommending that the Mets should consider legal action against Ike Davis. While I won’t go that far, I believe that the players should have to release all medical documents that they receive. While I like Ike as a person, and I respect his professionalism on the field, I believe that when you have an X-ray done, it should be forwarded to the team that employees you. Wether it be the Mets, the Pirates or any other professional sports team in America, the team needs to know. Davis has Valley Fever? That’s too bad, but I don’t want him at first base, put him in the minors so he can build towards recovering.
Keeping Duda over Davis was one of the best managerial decisions that the Alderson/Collins era has ever made. Duda has a lot of promise at first base, and I believe we can get at least 25 home runs out of Duda again this year.