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May 10, 2017

An unending series of injuries took this title away from third baseman David Wright, New York's captain and its longest tenured player. Thanks to a variety of arm problems (and perhaps his taste for the nightlife), Matt Harvey's shot at selection ran out before his swagger did. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is a defensible choice, but the foundation of the Mets roster—and lately of their headaches—is their young rotation, headed by the 24-year-old Syndergaard. His combination of triple-digit heat and a 93 mph slider have made him an NL Cy Young contender, but, like Wright, he too won't be on the field anytime soon. Last week, Syndergaard's youthful foolishness—he refused to take an MRI before having to leave his subsequent start with a lat strain—contributed to what could be a three month stint on the disabled list.

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